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Black Panther: South Korea tops global box office

20 February 2018

It will probably be a long time before the Black Panther spin-off game does make an appearance as an Avengers game project is now in the works at Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics and Marvel has also stated an interest in getting into VR games, with multiple VR games already in development along the pipeline.

In case you haven't paid attention, Black Panther, the Marvel's new film, is a Very, Very Good Movie.

Since its release last week, the film has instantly became the top grossing movie by a black director (Ryan Coogler) - beating out F Gary Gray's Fate of the Furious by nearly $100 million - after taking in a whopping $361m (£257m) globally on its opening weekend, $192m (£137m) of that made in America, according to Box Office Mojo.

Stars of the film including Chadwick Boseman and Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o, came to Seoul earlier this month or Black Panther's Asian premiere. The film now has a 97% rating on critics review aggregator website, the highest ever for a superhero film.

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It tells the story of T'Challa, described by Marvel as "righteous king, noble Avenger", who rules the fictional and technologically-rich African nation of Wakanda and finds his leadership put to the test. "That's why these movies make a lot money", he said. The movie secured the fifth-biggest domestic opening in the United States of America of all time and became the best launch of any superhero film behind fellow Marvel title The Avengers (2012).

For some, excitement over a film about a black super hero, alongside a largely black cast, directed by a black man, surpassed that of a typical blockbuster. "And there isn't such a hip club at Jagalchi Market." wrote wrote Twitter user @tjwjdddms (in Korean). "We can also help the world by sharing our resources". The Avengers had opened with 207 million dollars.

"There's a massive audience - not just of people of color but everybody - who wants to see different perspectives in this myth-making", Coogler told NPR.

Black Panther: South Korea tops global box office