Believe it or not, Black Panther was being planned long before Iron Man came into the picture (quite literally) in 2008. For two decades, the Black Panther movie was doing rounds in development hell and would have most likely breathed its last there if it hadn’t been the miraculous skyrocketing growth of The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally letting go off the brakes for several other superhero projects including Black Panther. Now it looks like the two-decade-long wait was finally worth the time.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler (of Creed fame), written by Screenwriter Joe Robert Cole and stars Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman as the titular character of T’Challa aka Black Panther. Just a few days ago, it became the highest rated superhero movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 98 percent. (The score has since been reduced to 97.)
Even at the domestic Box Office, Black Panther is doing exceedingly well. It is set to shatter Deadpool’s February overhaul. It pulled about 25.2 Million $$ at the Box Office on its opening night, shattering Deadpool’s previous record in the same. Now with an estimated total gross of more than 200 Million $$ at the theaters alone in a 4-day overhaul, Deadpool’s February earnings are now about to be second to Black Panther. Part of the reason for Black Panther’s success was the massive hype that the Marvel Machinery built up before the movie was actually released. Now with the movie being the highest rated RT movie ever to be released by Marvel or any other production house for that matter, Black Panther’s profits are going to skyrocket.
The Rotten Tomatoes report that Black Panther currently sits on the throne of rating landscape when it comes to superhero fiction, with an absolute beast of a 97 percent rating. The next highest rated superhero movie would be 2004’s The Incredibles. Black Panther now has outrun Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight and MCU’s first rightful installment to the Marvel cinematic franchise Iron Man by 3 percent. Take that Hollywood!!!
The scores aren’t ironclad. They did fluctuate with due time as negative reviews were aggregated to give the movie a somewhat lower score, as it happens with every other movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The latest reviews brought it down to 97 percent, though it is still tied with The Incredibles for the top-rated superhero movie spot. Moreover, with a 98 percent rating already confirmed to have been achieved, Black Panther will always be remembered as the highest rated superhero movie of all time, even if it doesn’t occupy the 98 percent spot forever.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now more than 10 years old and it is still a wonder the critics and the Box Office still agrees with their movies. Their latest installment has all that it takes to become the highest rated superhero movie ever. Even though it is the 18th installment to a franchise that has started to become boring and monotonous, Black Panther still rocked it without the Avengers being featured and with an African American Lead. This means that Disney and Marvel Studios are finally going to work on that Black Panther sequel everyone is talking about.
But it doesn’t mean Black Panther is unbeatable. No one thought The Incredibles could ever be beaten either. They were, in February 2018 when Black Panther hit the theaters worldwide. The Incredibles was also an awesome and amazingly choreographed storyline. Black Panther may have usurped the Throne but The Incredibles isn’t going to be far behind. If anyone could take back what The Incredibles lost, it’s the sequel. Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 hits theaters on 14th June 2018.
The movie is already in theaters. The Official Synopsis reads:
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.