Marvel's latest addition to the MCU, the standalone flick "Black Panther," held its splashy Hollywood premiere on Monday night, featuring a majorly star-studded guest list and a purple carpet fit for royalty. But that spectacle was nothing compared to what the film itself offered, with early reviews suggesting that the movie is nothing short of a masterpiece.



The hyperbolic praise was a bit vague on details, thanks to a review embargo that won't lift for a few days. But what those in attendance could share should certainly entice fans to line up on opening weekend (which is already predicted to be huge, by the way, thanks to massive advance ticket sales numbers and some pretty exceptional early box office tracking estimates).



Words like "iconic," "exceptional," "astonishing," and "beautiful" were tossed around, and most critics were on the same page with declarations that the film was "unlike anything Marvel has ever done" and "will change the landscape of superhero movies forever." And then there was a very simple, very awesome (and very NSFW) rave from Laurence Fishburne, who reportedly said to himself throughout the screening, "Oh, Sh*t. Oh, SH*T."



Check out some of the highlights below.

































"Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, hits theaters on February 16.



[via: Twitter Moments, USA Today]