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'Black Panther' premiere was black excellence at its finest

STARS: Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan (Photo credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

BLACK PANTHER mania is in full throttle, following the star-studded world premiere on Monday night in Los Angeles.

Photos from the purple carpet quickly spread on Twitter and Instagram, with stars including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and more garnering thousands of likes and comments for their looks.

STAR: Chadwick Boseman (Photo credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the Marvel movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan is one of this year's most eagerly awaited films and an expected blockbuster.

Boseman plays T'Challa, a prince of the fictitious African nation of Wakanda and a superhero known as Black Panther.

FAMILY: Courtney B. Vance, Bronwyn Vance, Angela Bassett, Slater Vance (Photo credit: Wenn)

The action in the film takes place after the story in "Captain America: Civil War."

In "Black Panther," T'Challa must return to his homeland to take the throne following the death of his father.

PICTURED: Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Photo credit:Jen Lowery/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock)

Early reviews indicate "Black Panther" will be both a critical and commercial success.

Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango, tweeted that it's "the James Bond of the MCU. You've seen nothing like this in a superhero movie - it's bold, beautiful & intense, but there's a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done," he wrote. "It's 100% African & it is dope ..."

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