Black Panther?is a 2018 American?superhero film?based on the?Marvel Comics?character?of the same name. Produced by?Marvel Studios?and distributed by?Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is?the eighteenth film?in the?Marvel Cinematic Universe?(MCU). The film is directed by?Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with?Joe Robert Cole, and stars?Chadwick Boseman?as T’Challa / Black Panther, alongside?Michael B. Jordan,?Lupita Nyong’o,?Danai Gurira,?Martin Freeman,?Daniel Kaluuya,?Letitia Wright,?Winston Duke,?Angela Bassett,?Forest Whitaker, and?Andy Serkis. In?Black Panther, T’Challa returns home as king of?Wakanda?but finds his sovereignty challenged by a new adversary, in a conflict with global consequences.
Wesley Snipes?expressed interest in working on a Black Panther film in 1992, but the project did not come to fruition. In September 2005, Marvel Studios announced a Black Panther film as one of ten based on Marvel characters and distributed by?Paramount Pictures.?Mark Bailey?was hired to write a script in January 2011.?Black Panther?was announced in October 2014, and Boseman made his first appearance as the character in?Captain America: Civil War?(2016). By 2016, Cole and Coogler had joined; additional cast joined in May, making?Black Panther?the first Marvel film with a predominantly?black cast. Principal photography took place from January to April 2017, at?EUE/Screen Gems?Studios in the?Atlanta metropolitan area, and?Busan, South Korea.
Black Panther?premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018, and was released theatrically in the United States on February 16, 2018, in 2D,?3D,?IMAX?and other premium large formats. The film received praise for its screenplay, direction, performances, action, costume design, production merits, and soundtrack, though the?CGI?effects received some criticism. Critics considered it one of the best films set in the MCU and noted its cultural significance. It has grossed over $1.3?billion worldwide, making it the?highest-grossing film of 2018, as well as the?third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States, the?ninth-highest-grossing film of all time?and the highest grossing film by a black director..