Chadwick Boseman follows up a memorable Captain America: Civil War appearance as African ruler T'Challa (and his masked warrior alter ego) with a roaring solo adventure that unleashes James Bond-style spycraft, geopolitics galore and tribal intrigue a la Game of Thrones.
Lee, who has drawn plenty of Marvel characters in his career, recently posted a process drawing of Black Panther to his Instagram feed to celebrate the upcoming film, which will be released on February 16.
The only film with a black director to break the $100 million mark is F. Gary Gray's "Furious 7", while the all-time record for a February weekend is held by "Deadpool", which made $142 million in its first three days. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king-and Black Panther-is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Tested by powerful outside forces and a unsafe former enemy, T'Challa and Nakia must fight for the fate of their beloved country and the entire world.
In an interview with Variety, Letitia Wright talked about her future as Shuri, the progression of her character in the movie down the line and also about the possibilities of her being cast as the female Panther. There's no guarantee it will stay that way, with dozens more critics expected to have their say over the next week or so, but T'Challa and the Wakandans are off to the best possible start.
But this superb cast doesn't have a weak link. "Next, we jump to Oakland, California, in 1992 - the birthplace of both Coogler and, in an important thematic nod, the actual Black Panther Party - for a prologue that establishes the notion of Wakandan spies, identifiable by hidden, glowing blue tattoos on their lower lips".
Let's not wait too long for a return trip.