Black Panther had its World Premiere last night on Monday, January 29 at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA and fans and journalists are already reacting to the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson only had two words to describe Black Panther, “my goodness.”

Donald Glover who stars in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story movie called the film “beautiful.”

Josh Gad gave the film high praise calling it a “cultural phenomenon.”

Ricardo Lopez gave a little more detail and especially praised Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Erik Killmonger!

Kumail Nanjiani said he “cheered and laughed and pumped [his] fist.”

Controversial ESPN host Jemele Hill said, “You will see this movie five or six times. It is everything and then some.”

LA Times reviewer Jen Yamato praised Michael B. Jordan’s performance. She even claims his performance had her “weeping.”

Entertainment Weekly’s Rebecca Theodore-Vachon praised director Ryan Coogler saying he’s “changed game for MCU.”

She also gave rave reviews for performances by Letitita Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurai.

Mashable reporter Angie J. Han said she didn’t want Black Panther “to end.”

Interestingly Erik Davis of Fandango compared Black Panther to James Bond. He called it the James Bond of the MCU. I never got the idea the film was a spy movie.

Despite the rave reviews one Twitter user was feeling hesitant.

Others are getting more and more hyped.

This isn’t the first time in the past year, we’ve seen a movie get high praise from the critics. Star Wars: The Last Jedi also received phenomenal reviews from critics. However, the film ended up being extremely controversial with audiences. As time has gone on, the Audience Score for The Last Jedi has actually continued to decrease. It currently sits at 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.

While, The Last Jedi might be an example of over-hype and critic disconnect from audiences, everything Marvel Studios has put out for Black Panther looks phenomenal. The epic showdown between Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger has been built up effectively with the trailers, TV spots, and other promotional material.

I’m optimistic Black Panther will be a very good film, but I’m also a little leery given the insane hyperbole of some of these reviews.

Black Panther comes to theaters on February 16, 2018.

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