BLACK PANTHER Early Buzz Is Off The Charts, And The Box Office Looks To Be Unstoppable

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We’re roughly two weeks away from Black Panther and the momentum for this film is stronger than ever. The first black superhero film from Marvel, and one that is helmed by a black director and featuring a predominantly black cast, has caught the attention of fans from all over blowing past pre-sale records. And now, the movie can add one more notch to its belt.

Theatre-chain Alamo Drafthouse recently released data showing that Black Panther is beating out every other film Marvel Studios and DC Films released last year in ticket pre-sales. In comparison, the next three films on the list are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, and Justice League which took in 72%, 59% and 58% of what Black Panther currently has, respectively.

There also seems to be no sign of slowing down prior to Black Panther‘s release on February 16th, as early screenings of the film have lucky viewers taking to it like catnip (Sorry, I had to). Much of the fervor surrounding the early screenings is Michael B. Jordan’s turn as villain Killmonger, with viewers touting him as the best villain in a Marvel film to date, due to some great scenes and character development. The film itself “has something to say” more so than the previous output of the MCU by some accounts.

By the looks of it, Black Panther is nothing to sleep on. The fact that it’s setting the bar so high for storytelling, diversity and representation and is getting this big of a boost from fans should send a nice message to Hollywood and Marvel.

We’ll see for ourselves on February 16th when Black Panther claws (Sorry, not sorry) its way into theatres.

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7 thoughts on “BLACK PANTHER Early Buzz Is Off The Charts, And The Box Office Looks To Be Unstoppable

  1. I can’t wait for this one. The only danger is it may raise the bar for Marvel a bit too much. A deeper villain. Far more meaning in the plot and story – lots more depth. Infinity War might disappoint coming after a film that appears to change the game. It appears that they did a great job with the villain in Black Panther. Feige has promised that gets fixed in the first couple minutes of Infinity War as well, but I have a feeling they are going to make the villain feel heavy by killing off a big character quickly and to many it will feel contrived to make Thanos feel more threatening.

    1. That theory is exactly what Brett was worried about on the last Revengers Podcast; That they’d have Thanos kill someone off just to “prove” in a very forced way how cruel he is.

      1. If you read the comic he kills off half of earth straight a way with a snap of his fingers.

      2. This is true, but we had a little more time to build him up to that point, and comics have the advantage over movies because they can tell longer form stories since they are not limited to a runtime. In the MCU we’ve had a couple of post-credit shots of Thanos grinning in a chair and a few lines, so to then just have him show up, kill half the world or a major MCU hero I feel is sort of a weak way of giving him the title of “major threat.” It’s going to be tough and I don’t envy the Russo brothers, but maybe they figured it out!

      3. Zero arguments here. I was merely stating said fact in relation to how evil/vicious he can be. And you’re completely right in regards to longer form stories i.e. before Infinity Gauntlet we had Thanos Quest which Starlin showed us the build up to Thanos’ obsession and acquisition of the stones.

        I hope they handled well too. Being slavish to the original story would be a mistake. It’s tricky in my eyes, but I’m not a storyteller. My hopes remain high.

      4. Oh sure! Yeah I didn’t mean it as an argument more just a talking point. And I agree, don’t be a slave to the story because some things that work in comics do not work in film.

      5. Yes! 100% agree with you Jeff. I’m not drinking Feige’s Kool-Aid until I see the movie.

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