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Black Panther Early Reviews Call It The Best Marvel Movie Yet

It's good to be the king.

Early reactions from the Black Panther premiere are in, and although official reviews aren't out yet, critics and fans are overwhelmingly impressed with the latest standalone flick from Marvel Studios. In fact, some say it's the best Marvel film yet. 

A lot of the praise goes to director Ryan Coogler, who has created a world in Wakanda where the stakes are very real and the characters resonate with a kind of depth that's not usually seen in a comic book movie. But it's the star-studded cast that gets lots of the attention. Chadwick Boseman is obviously a favorite as Black Panther, but there's a lot of love for Michael B. Jordan as the villainous but magnetic Erik Killmonger, Letitia Wright as the brilliant Shuri, and Danai Gurira as the fierce Okoye.

Reviewers are also overjoyed to see positive representations of black women and careful handling of real issues like imperialism and cultural identity. Tre'vell Anderson of the Los Angeles Times called it a "love letter about blackness" and David Ehrlich of IndieWire said it's "the first MCU film that has an actual sense of identity and history and musicality." Some are even calling it a very early Oscar contender for next year, especially for visual effects and costume design. 

Check out some of the early reactions below and prepare to judge for yourself when Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16.