Even Lupita Nyong'o Can't Get Black Panther Tickets

Kendrick Lamar

Ever since Marvel Studios released the first trailer for the upcoming Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis and more, the hype has been palpable. Black Panther opens on February 16, which is part of the four-day President's Day holiday weekend and adjacent to Valentine's Day which falls on a Wednesday this year.

At a time when representation in media is at a critical point, Deadline is now reporting that not only is Black Panther one of the hottest selling advanced tickets but it's "already outstripping Captain America: Civil War as Fandango's best-selling MCU title in the first 24 hours of presales".

King T'Challa made his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War where he stood with Iron Man as the Avengers did battle amongst each other.

Director Ryan Coogler, best known for helming 2015's Creed and 2013's Fruitvale Station, recently talked about the importance of the film and how it transcends the superhero genre, telling Rolling Stone, "I think the question that I'm trying to ask and answer in Black Panther is, 'What does truly mean to be African?'" the filmmaker recently told Rolling Stone. That sets Black Panther up for Avengers-like numbers with a singular focus. Long live the King! I'm predicting that Black Panther will easily beat that opening. "So that I can be there when the movie hits theaters and I can experience it with everybody". The character first appeared onscreen in Civil War previous year, and the new film is already generating loads of buzz thanks to director Ryan Coogler (Creed) and a loaded cast that also includes Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Angela Bassett. Lamar and Tiffith will collaborate with Coogler directly in the creation of music specific to the needs of the film.

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