Incredible world-building and design matched with an impeccable cast, all embodying fully-realized and dynamic characters, makes Black Panther one of the most memorable Marvel movies to date. This, coupled with the success of Creed in 2015, proves why Ryan Coogler is one of the most exciting and talented young filmmakers working today. The film effortlessly juggles origin story, cultural and sociopolitical themes, and Shakespearean drama to powerful effect. There are some stretches in the first half where it hits familiar MCU beats, but nevertheless tells a rousing story with breathtaking action, rich performances, and boundless imagination. This not just raises the bar for Marvel movies, but the entire genre. Grade: A.