Just a little bit over two weeks before Black Panther hits theaters nationwide, Marvel Studios has lifted the social media embargo for those who attended the film’s world premiere. We round up the most telling online posts so fans can get an inkling as to how the new superhero flick entry in the MCU will fare against all the has come before it. The first out of the three Marvel projects set for the company’s 10th anniversary year, it’s one of the most anticipated flicks of 2018, not just because of its branding but because of its potential to create a significant effect in terms of proper racial representation in big Hollywood blockbusters.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, who debuted as T’Challa aka Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the flick picks up when the now King of Wakanda comes back home after he assumed the position due to the sudden death of his father, T’Chaka’s (John Kani). Instead of a welcome party fit for a royal, the young leader is immediately met with several crises from both internal and external factors. Directed by Fruitvale and Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Black Panther boasts a stellar ensemble cast of Black actors like veteran Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett, as well as younger stars such as Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

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With the embargo now up, here is the first wave of social media reactions from those who were able to see Black Panther tonight. You can check them below, and don’t worry, they’re spoiler-free:

From the looks of it, Marvel Studios is on their way to open their 10th anniversary year with a bang. Coogler seems to have done a great job shining a light on all his characters and not just focus the attention on Boseman’s T’Challa. It also appears to deliver on its promise to tackle racial awareness. However, arguably the biggest takeaway from these reactions is the amount of praise that Jordan is getting for his portrayal of villain Erik Killmonger. It’s not a secret that the MCU has struggled with their primary antagonists and the fact that he stands out amid a cast of well-developed characters is a testament that Black Panther is not your formulaic Marvel flick where the bad guy is usually underdeveloped in contrast to the narrative’s hero.

While not revealing any spoilers, these comments will definitely impact people’s anticipation of the film in a positive way. Not that it needs any more hyping, the movie’s pre-release ticket sales are going well and even outpacing Civil War. Its box office projections are equally impressive with the flick tracking to pocket $120 million during its opening weekend – surpassing even last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million tally in its own opening. With this good word of mouth, it’s possible that Black Panther will exceed expectations when it comes to its total haul. Most importantly, it will illustrate that superhero films can move on from being just a popcorn flick and have a core message that can resonate with the real world.

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