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Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16th.

Director Ryan Coogler, best known for helming 2015's Creed and 2013's Fruitvale Station, recently talked about the importance of the film and how it transcends the superhero genre, telling Rolling Stone, "I think the question that I'm trying to ask and answer in Black Panther is, 'What does truly mean to be African?'" the filmmaker recently told Rolling Stone.

A new featurette has been released for Marvel's Black Panther. (Slash Film)Big news this morning - #BlackPanther sold more advance tickets on @Fandango in its first 24 hours than any other MCU movie, besting previous record holder Captain America: Civil War. Though presales have been great, it remains to be seen if Black Panther will repeat Civil War's $179 million opening. Long live the King!

The ticket-buying frenzy is only the latest aspect to the excitement surrounding Black Panther.

Black Panther now has a ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating of 4.17 out of 5, making it the second most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com Users. Currently, non-Disney estimates before tracking believe Black Panther will post a $80M-$85M start with a possible shot at $100M-plus.

I can tell you personally I haven't been this hyped for a Marvel film in a while, and it's not just because Kendrick Lamar is curating the entire soundtrack. Panther star Chadwick Boseman was also voted by the fans as the most anticipated comic book hero in a standalone movie, while co-stars Danai Gurira & Winston Duke were picked among the rising stars of 2018, and Michael B. Jordan as one of 2018's most anticipated screen villains.


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