We’ve been so fixated lately on the impending release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther this coming Friday, that we may have developed a case of tunnel vision. You see, February 16 is the premiere date for the US; other regions of the world have different dates for the film’s release.
In particular, the UK and parts of Asia had an early start on their Black Panther premieres. The former in particular was on Tuesday, February 13. And it’s plenty obvious now, that the latest MCU installment has locked in the biggest box-office opening for 2018 in the UK and Ireland.
According to Disney, Black Panther made about £2.67 million on its Tuesday premiere, far higher than what was registered by other MCU movies like 2016’s Doctor Strange (starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, even) and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. And the opinion of cinemagoers only reinforced what’s already been said weeks before.
Black Panther starts off from the hanging plot threads of Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his Afro-futuristic homeland of Wakanda to be crowned king following the death of his father. But dissent against his rule, a coup attempt by a usurper and his mercenary ally, and international pressure threaten to bring trying times ahead for him.
Ryan Coogler directs and co-writes the film with Joe Robert Cole. Already it’s established a reputation for cinematic greatness due to its predominantly African-American cast and the undertones of commentary on socio-political issues far deeper than other MCU movies before.
After starting off at a perfect 100%, Black Panther currently has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, surviving an abortive review sabotage campaign. there’s even been talk of possible Oscar nominations for 2019. Its stateside premiere is just so close now. Mark your calendars for February 16.