Now that the embargo has lifted, the reviews for Marvel Studios' Black Panther have begun to slink in, and they all praise the film as one of the best Marvel movies yet made, one that dares to take its subject matter beyond the confines of the Marvel Universe. After going out the gate with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, the score has settled at around 98% a few days before its opening, with a consensus of:
Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Now, this incredible fresh score is subject to change should more, less glowing reviews make their way online in the coming days. The public release will also have a bearing on the score when it comes to audience reviews. If it falls to 94%, Black Panther will still be on an even footing with the first Iron Man, which helped kick off the MCU nearly 10 years ago.
Should it fall to 92% after that, it will match the scores of The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. Should it fall from a perfect score, there's no need to panic. No Marvel movie has ever fallen below 60 percent, the lowest being 67 percent for Thor: The Dark World. Even so, a 60 percent is still considered fresh, but Panther's current trajectory puts it on the path of a 90 percent or higher. Possibly much higher.
One thing is for sure: The trolls hoping to tank the movie on Rotten Tomatoes have failed miserably. You can catch the 18th Marvel movie on February 16.