Black Panther has so far been received with wide open arms by critics, boasting an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent with the first 61 reviews published at the time of writing.
If the outstanding run continues and is not blemished along the way, Black Panther will become the first movie adaptation in either the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) to feature an aggregated perfect score on the platform.
There is still another week to go before the premiere night, meaning that hundreds of additional reviews are yet to drop in. Hence, the possibility is there for a few critics to blast the movie for whatever reasons and pull back the final Rotten Tomatoes score.
Captain America: Civil War and Wonder Woman, for example, saw similar runs last year before their review scores ended in the early 90s on the platform. Could Black Panther be the first to be accepted by everyone? Unlikely. There are always a few rotten fruits in the basket.
Black Panther has been directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa alongside Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger as part of an impressive cast that is being hailed for their magnificent performances on-screen. The early reactions from last week were equally stellar.
Black Panther is set two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War, in which a brainwashed Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan, was framed for the assassination of T’Chaka, the ruler of the African nation of Wakanda. The kingdom is now in political turmoil and on the brink of war.
Black Panther will open in theaters on February 16 and is expected to debut closer to $150 million in the domestic box office. It will be the last release in the MCU before the highly anticipated arrival of Avengers: Infinity War on May 4.