BIRCH RUN, Michigan (WJRT) - (02/15/2018) - The wait is over. Marvel's superhero movie "Black Panther" hit the big screen in mid-Michigan tonight.
"I think everyone involved in this wanted it to be special," said Chadwick Boseman, the star of much-anticipated latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thursday night we spoke with movie goers who just watched the first showing at Emagine theatre in Birch Run.
They tell us this film delivers on a number of levels.
"Great action and history, " said Andrea Pringle of Flint," ...a great great movie!"
Movie fans share their impressions after viewing Black Panther on opening night.
U-of-M Flint lecturer Traci Currie said the movie, which stars a black superhero, sends a powerful message to young people.
"It's very important that you see yourself, your image on the screen," Currie said. "When people are in a privileged place and they don't have to see themselves, or they don't have to think about marginalized people, they may not get it, it's important to see yourself.'
Other movie goers said the film does not disappoint:
"It gave us hope," said Flint resident Angela Ford, "I feel like the message was to come all together and I loved it."
Sharis Reavs of Flint remarked, "I feel powerful, I may save somebody when I leave here."