Black Panther is a 2018 superhero film based on the same-named Marvel Comics character. It is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU). T’Challa / Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, and is directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole. Following his father’s death, T’Challa is crowned king of Wakanda, but he is challenged by Killmonger (Jordan), who wants to end the country’s isolationist policies and start a global revolution.
As part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018, and was released theatrically in the United States on February 16, 2018. The film’s directing, writing, acting (especially that of Boseman, Jordan, and Wright), costume design, production values, and soundtrack were all lauded by critics, however, some critiqued the computer-generated visual effects.
The film was praised by many critics as one of the greatest in the MCU, as well as for its cultural relevance. Black Panther was recognized as one of the top ten films of 2018 by organizations such as the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It became the highest-grossing film directed by a Black director, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, the third-highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada, and the second-highest-grossing film of 2018, grossing over $1.3 billion globally.
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