Marvel scores big with Black Panther

Theaters pining hopes on strong ‘Black Panther’ turnout

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This isn't just the latest movie in the Marvel franchise.

The sequel wouldn't expectedly be in production for at least three or four years as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a set calendar for its releases for up to 2020.

Earlier in the month, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer proposed buying out theaters "to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero". Whether you're a hardcore MCU fanboy, a die-hard fan of the character in comics, an admirer of one of the dozen or so awesome performers featured in this incredible cast, or just someone who wants to relish in the chance to finally see an African American superhero headline his own film on a scale such as this, you should get everything you're looking for and more in Black Panther.

Already, "Black Panther" has earned an estimated $25.2 million in its preview at USA theaters Thursday, setting a new record for a February release, and dozens of other local groups have committed to taking students to see the film over the next few weeks. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, whos is also the first black director of a Marvel film.

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"Black Panther" is rated PG-13 for action violence, and there's a few bad words here and there.

In a sign of the film's anticipated cultural importance, an organization called Hero Nation along with Ypsilanti High School are taking more than 100 students to a private screening of "Black Panther".

Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker, and Martin Freeman also star. The cast spoke about the impact they hope the film has on audiences, the aspirational qualities of the world portrayed in the film, and how it can offer a vision of what society could be. You don't just go and watch it and just let your dreams die. She thinks young children will be inspired by what they see in the film.

"A lot of people don't know, but they will soon know who the "Black Panther" is", he said.

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Atlas Comics bookstore owner Jacob Bogdanoff says it's definitely time for the "Black Panther".

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