If you have not yet picked out the outfit that you will wear to the Black Panther movie, you need to get to it fast. After all, this is the first superhero movie with a black lead, the soundtrack features the musical genius of Kendrick Lamar and the creativity of SZA, and Ryan Coogler is the first ever black director of a Marvel movie. Which is why every melanated person has been waiting for its release. Social media has even made a set of rules for viewing the film.
If this is news to you, here are the rules:
1. Buy your own ticket – better yet, make it two. This movie should not fall in your “I’ll pirate it when a clear copy comes out” pile.
2. Dress the part! We are talking full-on African regalia, because royalty is upon us. Wakanda is here!
3. If you are the type of person who sneaks in snacks, then keep it local. Bring as much pap, egusi and saffron rice as you like. If you’re not, we know the concession stands will not have what you need, so play it safe and carry your own – just this once.
4. If, for whatever reason, you dislike the movie, keep it to yourself. Bashing of this film will get your black card revoked. We are not saying you should act like you liked it; we are saying if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
5. Sit back and enjoy positive representation in what is arguably Hollywood’s blackest movie of all time.
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is black, beautiful and proud. A gorgeously shot film with heart, action, and a message that is so needed today. The women shine bright, bold and strong and are everything women of color have been denied… till now. #RyanCoogler is a genius. LONG LIVE THE KING!! pic.twitter.com/oYHxk0qg4G
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) January 30, 2018
— Brandon Norwood (@bwood0824) January 30, 2018
Look at the offering that was the purple carpet!
Raising expectations even further, the reviews so far are all raving about how the movie matches up to the hype:
#BlackPanther: I never wanted this movie to end, and as soon as it did I wanted to go back. Solid action, smart story, tons of personality. Shuri is my new fave, Nakia is everything, Killmonger is incredible, T'Challa deserves to rule the MCU. Coogler has done it again. ??? pic.twitter.com/t9gG3DLuCL
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is also the latest and certainly biggest film to show Oakland love. Ryan Coogler really did that for the Bay. Imagine all the kids who will see themselves onscreen so deliberately – for a movie to tell you that you are seen like this one does is just beyond words
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
WOW. Black Panther will change the landscape of superhero movies forever. Expect and demand more from Hollywood. The stories its denied us for so long don’t just *deserve* to be told — they will save blockbusters from total irrelevance and creative bankruptcy.
— Jess Joho (@liongirl528) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
Ryan Coogler knocked it out of the park, some great sequences presented in a “single take/shot.” If this movie isn’t nominated for costume, art and production design awards next year, I would be seriously shocked. #blackpanther
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 30, 2018
#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
— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is riveting on many levels: visually astonishing, but more importantly, so unpredictable. Incredible to watch a major blockbuster celebrate blackness while exploring its relationship to various facets of pop culture. “Stop scaring me,” colonizer!” #wakanda4ever
— erickohn (@erickohn) January 30, 2018
Raise your hand if you cannot wait to watch this movie!