Director Ryan Coogler and many of the movie’s stars, including Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett, were in attendance for the debut of the film, which follows Black Panther, or T’Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne.
For the Los Angeles affair, the celebrities they traded in a red carpet for a purple one. Strutting in their best African-inspired attire, they dressed to impressed and tweeps couldn’t stop obsessing over the outfits.
I feel like these outfits were for anyone that tries to deny how African #BlackPanther is set to be. As in this movie is clearly going to be unapologetically black and you expect me not be excited? Please pic.twitter.com/2fyH2BnN9G
The fashions weren’t the only thing that had folks talking. Many headed to Twitter to also praise the flick and make predictions about the impact it will have. Many called it “amazing” and “exceptional,” celebrating the filmmakers for the strong plot lines and production designs.
Just got back from the Black Panther premiere and after party. You will see this movie five or six times. It is everything and then some.
#BlackPanther is simply awesome. Extremely bold and as touching as it is thrilling, it boasts GOT-style intrigue, crazy innovative action and a deep bench of memorable characters. Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy. More later. pic.twitter.com/mmz8Nuf1sy
Others praised the blackbuster for its representation of African culture and emphasis on black excellence.
BLACK PANTHER is just astonishing. Ryan Coogler has harnessed the superhero movie — and a really fun one! — to explore profound ideas and create vivid images of black excellence that so rarely ever make it to a giant Hollywood movie. Wow wow wow!
Stunning visuals. Iconic performances. And A REAL FREAKING STORY about a wealthy nation confronting its role in the world. Black Panther has the goods. Also there’s a post-credits scene. Here’s the premiere crowd racing back to watch it. pic.twitter.com/EiS7z9xbA7
I am still on a high from seeing Black Panther last night. It was so beautiful, so BLACK, so amazing, so full of the ancestors. My son (12) gave it a 10 out 10. I'm so happy he has a powerful yet tender superhero who looks like him.
Those who didn’t attend the premiere chimed in as well. They were excited about the reactions they were seeing online, which gave them even more incentive to check out “Black Panther” when it’s available everywhere Feb. 16.
My favorite thing about these Black Panther reactions is that no one is using the same routine three words they used to review other MCU films. They’re giving actual details, which means the film actually stood out and offered something original to the MCU slate. I’m so excited! pic.twitter.com/g1eGjt6KFj
A few even urged movie lovers not to bootleg it but to actually pay to see it in theaters.
You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not watch Black Panther on Bootleg You will not