Black Panther, the eighteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits UK cinemas next week – the 12th of February to be exact. Set in the fictional land of Wakanda and directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia.

In this edition of The Great Stampede, I’m taking a look at the movie’s reviews, to provide a flavour of what to expect when the movie drops in just a couple of days. Eight review snippets are set out below, all taken from official reviews, as well as early online buzz.

Here’s what’s being said:

  • Jimi Famurewa of Empire awarded Black Panther four stars (out of five) and said: Like (Thor: Ragnarok director) Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.”
  • Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm, said: “Black Panther looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date. A visual feast. Wakanda is amazingly realised, the antagonist actually has an arc with emotional motivations. Marvel’s most political movie. So good. #BlackPanther”
  • Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post, called Black Panther “exhilarating, groundbreaking and more than worth the wait”, adding “Black Panther is great fun to watch and shot through with delicate threads of lighthearted humour.”
  • Frank Pallotta of CNN, said: “Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most ambitious works and includes, in Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, a top tier villain for Marvel or otherwise. He owns every scene he’s in and the film is everything it’s been billed as. Long may it reign.”
  • Erik Davis of Fandango, said: “#BlackPanther is exceptional – the James Bond of the MCU. You’ve seen nothing like this in a superhero movie – it’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done. It’s 100% African & it is dope af.”
  • Steven Weintraub of Collider, said: “#marvel does it again with ‘Black Panther’. Very impressed with the story and filmmaking. @michaelb4jordan absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki. Also @DanaiGurira kicks so much ass and I loved every second of it. Going to make serious $.”
  • Matthew Norman of the Evening Standard, awarded Black Panther five stars and said: “If it isn’t indisputably the best of Marvel’s 18 offerings, it is certainly a contender.” He added: “The movie’s only real flaw is that it lags a bit in the middle. But after a 52-year wait, I think it can be forgiven for being the regulation 20 minutes too long.”
  • And finally, Olly Richards of NME hailed Black Panther as “the best Marvel movie yet.” He added: “This is a vitally important film and an absolute, watch-it-again-immediately blast.”

So there you go – eight review snippets and all extremely positive.

If you’re off to see Black Panther next week, share your thoughts and let me know what you think.