"A landmark adventure."
"A new film classic."
"An answered prayer."
And those hosannas are just from Rolling Stone's four-star review alone.
As the embargo lifted last week for reviews of "Black Panther," the first wave of reviews brought a torrent of superlatives for Ryan Coogler's cultural event of a Marvel movie, which opens Friday.
Arriving a decade after "Iron Man" effectively launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Black Panther" is the first major superhero movie to feature a predominantly black cast, with Chadwick Boseman reprising the title role he introduced two summers ago in "Captain America: Civil War."
Ever since that debut, the Wakandan drumbeat has grown louder in anticipation of the first solo film for T'Challa - a character created a half-century ago by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, amid the heat and height of the civil rights movement.
Among early reviews, such words as "thrilling," "confident" and "grounded" are popping up, as the Associated Press's Jake Coyle calls this an "overdue cinematic landmark."
Critics also are hailing how "Black Panther" tackles complex themes while maintaining its sense of high action. The PG-13-rated "Black Panther," writes IGN's Jim Vejvoda, nails the trifecta as "an adventure film, a political statement and a cultural celebration."
So how is Boseman in the role now that he's front and center?
Rolling Stone calls him "tremendous," a "stunningly versatile actor" who knows something about playing larger-than-life figures, having previously portrayed Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall.
What critics often are noting, too, is the degree to which this film is a beacon for superhero films that could strive to be more than emotionally and socially hollow enterprises, as well as for a Hollywood that should see much to embrace here, from casting to rich character work.
"Black Panther" is expected to gross as much as $150 million in its domestic debut, reports Deadline - a commercial result that would reflect the critical reception.