Marvel Studios has scored a major success with its latest superhero offering, with Black Panther proving to be a resounding hit with critics and audiences alike, propelling it to one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, and the second-biggest superhero movie launch of all time after The Avengers.
Speaking to ABC News in the wake of the movie’s monster debut, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has sung the praises of the film, describing it as the best movie that Marvel has made, as well as explaining why he believes it is resonating with the audience.
“The movie finished, and I looked over at Ryan, I said, ‘that’s the best movie we’ve ever made,'” said Feige. “Clearly you have anticipation from an audience that has never seen themselves portrayed like this before. Circumstances in the world have changed drastically since we started working on this movie four years ago. It was relevant then. I think it’s more relevant now.”
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After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returnsohome to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Black Panther sees Ryan Coogler (Creed) directing Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa alongside Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, John Kani as King T’Chaka and Nabiyah Be as Nightshade.