Marvel’s First Black Superhero Is On Pace To Break Box Office Records
Jill Scott said it surpassed “Star Wars”. Actor David Oyelowo called it “phenomenal”. Usher labeled it simply as “black excellence” and Janelle Monae tweeted: I have two words for you: “Black Panther. “
Everyone, it seems, is talking about Marvel’s forthcoming film, Black Panther. So much so that anticipation for the film spotlighting Marvel’s first black superhero is at a fever pitch propelling advance ticket sales to record numbers.
Already, the film —starring Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Sterling K. Brown—has become Fandango’s top-selling superhero of all time, besting the advance ticket sales of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and it remains the number one ticket seller on the site more than two weeks before it opens on February 16.
Mashable film critic Jess Joho said it was the kind of film that could “change the landscape of superhero movies forever”.
“Expect and demand more from Hollywood,” he continued. “The stories it’s denied us for so long don’t just deserve to be told — they will save blockbusters from total irrelevance and creative bankruptcy."
Industry projections are that Black Panther will debut at the box office to revenues in the neighborhood of $120 million and could possibly hit $150 million over the four day weekend, making for the biggest launch for a Marvel Cinematic Universe hero's first standalone movie.
The trailblazing film —directed by Ryan Coogler—will mark Marvel’s first movie with a majority-black cast. When the title character, King T’Challa, debuted in 1966, he was Marvel’s first black superhero.
The character was formally introduced to filmgoers in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as a prince dealing with the murder of his father amidst the unrest among the Avengers. In Black Panther, he will embrace his new role as king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, facing off against those who wish to claim his crown.