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Black Panther Earns Highest Rotten Tomatoes Score Ever in MCU

Black Panther currently holds the great honor of being the best reviewed movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with a nearly perfect aggregated Rotten Tomatoes score by critics worldwide.

Following strong initial reactions earlier this month, the movie amassed an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent with the first batch of reviews last week. However, five disgruntled critics have since then blemished the aggregated score on the platform by pulling it back to 98 percent. Hence, Black Panther has lost the opportunity to become the first movie adaptation in the superhero genre to feature a perfect score.

The MCU has received eighteen movies in total since “Phase One” began for Marvel Studios nearly a decade ago. Only eight of them have managed to receive a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90 percent or higher. Iron Man (2008) has now been pushed to second place with a 94 percent score on the platform. Behind that are The Avengers (2012), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) with a common 92 percent score.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, is set two years after the assassination of T’Chaka, the ruler of Wakanda, in the events of Captain America: Civil War. The African nation is now in political turmoil and on the brink of war.

The cast features Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.

Black Panther premiered in the United Kingdom on Tuesday to post the biggest opening day in the box office this year by earning more than £2.67 million. It will officially open in theaters in the United States on February 16, and is projected to score more than $180 million (an increment from the previously projected $160 million) in the domestic box office.