Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has overseen the production and release of 18 feature films over the past decade. He has produced several great films among those 18, but he believes Marvel Studios’ latest, Black Panther, is their best.
The studio chief said as much to Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and ABC News.
“The movie finished and I looked over at Ryan and I said, ‘that’s the best movie we’ve ever made.'”
Feige also spoke of the massive levels of anticipation surrounding the film leading to its release and what Black Panther means in today’s world compared to when they started developing it.
“Clearly, you have anticipation from an audience who has never seen themselves portrayed like this before.
“Circumstances in the world have changed drastically since we started working on this movie four years ago. It was relevant then. I think it’s more relevant now.”
Coogler made no attempt to rank his film within the Marvel Studios canon, but he shared the power he believes Black Panther has to speak to everyone in the audience.
“It’s a universal story. The truth is art can do that. As human beings we’re capable or identifying with people who won’t look like you. As a black man, we’ve been doing it all the time, in terms of pop culture. And there’s no reason that it wouldn’t work the other way around.”
Black Panther is the highest scoring Marvel Studios film on both Rotten Tomatoes (97%) and Metacritic, so there are probably many people who agree with Feige’s assessment. Audiences have taken to the film like it’s Marvel Studios best, generating massive box office numbers and only the second “A+” CinemaScore for a live-action superhero film.