2018 was an incredible year for Marvel Studios, and certainly the most significant. Avengers: Infinity War proved an astonishing achievement; a decades worth of stand-alone efforts and two Avengers outings had led to this monumental moment in blockbuster history, and as fans concluded, it was certainly worth the wait. Seeing all of these characters come together on the screen was astonishing for those who had been following the MCU since 2008’s Iron Man, and yet, another Marvel production has stolen the show.
Aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gathers critical reviews and audience scores, working out an average score and offering an indication of how well a film has been received. Every year they hold the Golden Tomato Awards, which celebrates the most successful films in terms of general reception. The coveted award for best-reviewed wide-release of 2018 has gone to none other than Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.
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Although Avengers: Infinity War was very well reviewed, Black Panther is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. Critics praised the imagination behind the visual concept of Wakanda, the ensemble performance, and foremostly, the film’s prioritisation of representation in blockbuster cinema. The film has been nominated for numerous awards, and many believe it’ll get an Academy Award nod for Best Picture. 2018 was the year that the masses flocked to the cinemas to watch in amazement at Coogler’s ambitious production, and it appears 2019 is set it be the year it all pays off.
Marvel fans are ecstatic that the film is getting such significant recognition, and as this recent award proves, the success of Black Panther is destined to continue. Last year it was Jordan Peele’s Get Out which earned the honour; a terrific horror-satire subversively dealing with themes of race. Although Black Panther won the wide-release accolade, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma earned a similar honour but for a limited release. It will be interesting to see how both of these unique productions fare at the Oscars ceremony next month, and if you’re interested in more Black Panther news, check out this recent nomination.