Director Ryan Coogler's first priority with "Black Panther" was to make a good movie

And it's the first one to feature a black lead character, a black director, black writers and a predominantly black cast.

"So I walked to my local comic book shop in Oakland and asked the guy who was behind the desk and he walked me over and he showed me T'Black Panther,'" Coogler said. Taking after an older cousin, he started reading the comics as a young boy and although he was inspired by characters like Batman and Spider-Man, he began to wonder if there were any characters with books who looked like him.

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The Guardian -
Black Panther – the most radical superhero film yet Discuss with spoilers

Black Panther works wonderfully as a gently mocking critique of entrenched colonialist attitudes, even if it is slightly surprising to see Michael B Jordan’s villainous Killmonger, rather than Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, as the character that best symbolises black anger against historic oppression.

It may no longer boast that impressive 100% Rotten Tomatoes score (though 97% isn’t too bad), but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther remains on course to be the year’s most critically acclaimed comic-book movie.

CBS News -
5 things to know about "Black Panther"

Marvel's "Black Panther" is creating so much buzz before it even opens that its advance ticket sales have outpaced all superhero movies on Fandango, including the previous record-holder for presale, 2017's "Batman v Superman."

"Black Panther" opens on Friday and analysts are forecasting a President's Day weekend debut of at least $100 million in North America.

Reuters -
Bold, black and beautiful, 'Black Panther' hopes for cultural shift

The predominantly black cast of superhero movie “Black Panther” hope its combination of African pride, beauty and kick-ass adventure will also mark a cultural shift in the movie industry and beyond.

“Black Panther” offers a new type of villain through Jordan’s Killmonger, an empathetic former military black-ops agent, who wants to distribute Wakanda’s wealth to arm the world’s black population and help them rise to power.

New York Times -
For the Stars of ‘Black Panther,’ Superpowers and Responsibility

Black Panther, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, a Wakandan spy and T’Challa’s love interest); Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger, an African-American adversary of Black Panther’s); Danai Gurira (Okoye, Wakanda’s greatest warrior); and Kevin Feige, a producer of “Black Panther” and president of Marvel Studios.

The morning after a red-carpet premiere in Hollywood last month that left Twitter swooning, the stars, director and producer of the film gathered for a spirited conversation about their role in challenging standard depictions of the African diaspora on screen.

'Why black people like me are refusing to be sub-plots'

For black comic book geeks like myself, and for thousands of black and brown action movie fans across the world, the imminent release of the Black Panther movie represents a shift in focus that has been a long time coming.

Clad in distinctive bullet-proof black armour, usually capeless but with a full facemask, Black Panther - or T'Challa - is the king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

NBC News -
Why 'Black Panther' is poised to impact Hollywood and black culture

In that regard, African-Americans today may appear to be stretching to almost comical extremes by hosting drum circles and teach-ins in support of “Black Panther” — as if their lives depend on the film being taken seriously — but the reality is that historically Hollywood has depended, in one way or another, on their lives for profits.

Far and wide, African-Americans are treating “Black Panther” as both holiday and policy proposal, setting it up to affect Hollywood and African-American culture in a way that goes beyond box-office returns. This will be the first standalone movie for the Black Panther character in the Marvel cinematic universe, which includes “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Spiderman” and dozens of other superheroes from the nearly 80-year-old comics powerhouse.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte