‘Black Panther’ Becomes Highest Grossing Superhero Film Of All Time In US
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The incredible, record breaking Marvel film Black Panther had been in the works for more than 25 years. Clearly, it's been well worth the wait because it's about to become the highest grossing superhero film in the US.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie surpassed The Avengers overnight to take the top spot of the coveted superhero genre.
Just so we're clear, this isn't the list of highest grossing Marvel film, this is literally every superhero film ever created, including every Batman, Superman, X-Man and Spider-Man movie.
Since its release last month, it's brought in more than $623 million in the US market and $1.212 billion globally. It was the fastest Marvel film to hit the $50 million mark and managed to hit the $1 billion milestone in just four weeks.
The movie has been praised by critics around the world, all of whom celebrate the cast, storyline and the underlying themes and symbols. It's rated 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty bloody decent for a superhero movie.
USA Today's Brian Truitt wrote: "While the themes are deep, Black Panther is at the same time a visual joy to behold, with confident quirkiness, insane action sequences and special effects, and the glorious reveal of Wakanda, whose culture is steeped in African influences but which also offers a jaw-dropping look at what a city of the future could be."
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers added: "[It's] unlike any other Marvel movie - an exhilarating triumph on every level from writing, directing, acting, production design, costumes, music, special effects to you name it."
Based on Jack Kirby's 1966 comic, the movie - the 18th in Marvel's expanding cannon - has been called a long overdue celebration of African culture, heritage and heroes.
It features the franchise's first ever predominantly black cast, and, at London's European premiere, many of the stars turned up in traditional African dress.
The film itself begins after the events of Captain America: Civil War. King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced country of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader.
However, he soon finds himself challenged for the throne from factions within.
It's been the first Marvel film to have a character feature on the front cover of Time Magazine and has also recently become the most tweeted about film of all time. To be fair, we didn't have Twitter when the likes of Titanic and The Lord of the Rings, so we'll never know if that would have provided some decent competition.