If you haven’t yet seen Marvel’s Black Panther, now’s your time to see one of the best superhero movies of our recent superpower-soaked cinematic history. When Black Panther first leaped onto the big screen, the film instantly shattered records. In its initial theatrical run, Black Panther became the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time, third-highest-grossing, superhero film overall, the third-highest-grossing film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, and the highest grossing film by a black director. Not bad for the first appearance of this royal superhero. Now, Black Panther is sure to break a streaming record or two as the groundbreaking film begins streaming today on Netflix.
Black Panther appeared in the Netflix streaming library today, September 4. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. The film features stunning costumes and set design and is directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed). If you haven’t seen it, you’re not only missing out on a vital piece of contemporary pop culture that is referenced everywhere these days, but also on a cinematic achievement which demonstrates the full emotional and visual potential of the superhero genre.
You’d better watch Black Panther on Netflix while you still can: the streaming licensing agreement between Netflix and Disney, Marvel’s parent company, comes to a close next year shortly before Disney launches its own streaming service. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) will soon come to Netflix and will be the last Marvel movie on the big red streaming giant.
Many streaming industry observers have predicted that Disney’s new streaming service might finally be the one to take Netflix down as the leader of the streaming world. Will movies like Black Panther and other Marvel/Disney favorites be enough to draw customers over from Netflix?