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'Black Panther' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2018
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BLACK PANTHER: The First Reactions

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Marvel’s Black Panther premiered Monday evening to a parade of A-List celebrities with a noticeably higher percentage of African American actors. The red carpet was replaced with a regal purple carpet for a  respectable homage to African culture. It sounds absurd to believe that a Marvel movie could herald the birth of a new world and yet every aspect of the event seemed coordinated to make a statement that the world would indeed be a very different place after tonight. As Angela Bassett wept on The Purple Carpet, it felt less absurd to believe that perhaps the world will look different moving forward. Perhaps the stories we tell will be more inclusive and if we are lucky, even the clothes we rock will unapologetic-ally celebrate our diversity. Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Mike Colter, John Kani, and Janelle Monae, were trendsetting standouts in glorious spectacle of fashion that would foreshadow an evening of transcendent story telling. angelaThe early reactions to the Black Panther movie indicate that Marvel jettisoned it’s familiar templates and story arches to create a film filled with authentically African spirituality, a timely discourse on identity, a legitimately compelling villain and special effects of unprecedented quality. If the early reactions are to be trusted, the Black Panther movie sets a new standard for depth, visual beauty and action in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We have posted a few of the early reactions from the Twitter-verse.

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