Black Panther has grossed over a billion US dollars in the box office globally. The motion picture has become not only a cultural phenomenon, but a global box office smash hit.
With a budget for the film alone (without accounting for marketing across several markets) within $200 million, the box office sales alone has become a huge profit boon for Marvel Studios’ parent company, Disney.
Black Panther follows the story of the reluctant king thrust into a uncertain spotlight due to the aftermath of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.
Following his tragic introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther continues his journey as he seeks to find a place for not himself, but the people of his nation.
A narrative similar to Marvel’s previous smash hit, Thor: Ragnarok.
Where Thor: Ragnarok takes place in the off dimensional world of Sakaar, Black Panther takes center stage as the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on from the genesis of their beginnings; and into their next phase (phase 3).
As the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and its following sequel brings forth the new generation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther not only serves as the bridge between the old and new. It signifies the broadening on its narrative as not only nations we have not seen before (previous Marvel Studios films base itself around the US aside from the Thor series) come in to the major forefront.
Thanks to the Guardians of the Galaxy series and the Doctor Strange (soon to be series), Marvel Studios opens itself to a brand new narrative.
Many pundits have questions as to whether Disney Corp and Marvel Studios can translate their success into the sci-fi and fantasy genre; let alone cultures that are outside of the American narrative.
Judging solely from Black Panther’s results, one can only hope for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther has surpassed multiple box office records in its insurmountable path to the billion (US) dollar mark. It broke records for Pre-Sales before the film was released, smashed the records for a film released in February, and continues the unrivaled box office status that Marvel continues to deliver.
According to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, a sequel was never in doubt before the film was even released.
We absolutely will do [a sequel]. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.
The absolute blockbuster performance of the film has even had movie theater owners seeking more diverse films to fill their own bottom lines. Diverse films prove more butts in the seats in their theaters.
OMG, my favorite hero from my childhood is so beasting right now.