Given Marvel's track record and the talent involved I think the worst case scenario was "good enough" but it more than meets the expectations... provided that you're on board with these films.
It just feels incredibly confident. Confident enough to (mercifully) keep the yucks in the sidelines and let the characters do the heavy lifting. As great as the cast is Jordan really is the standout and it's so refreshing to see such a interesting antagonist in a Marvel film. I get their need to push the heroes to the forefront in these standalone films but I really hope this shows them how vital a layered villain is. I won't say too much but when it comes to his motivation Cooglar and Cole don't hold back. It feels mature and relevant in a way these films never quite reach.
Its a Marvel film, so take that how you will. I'm the perfect mark so I ate it up. It's not perfect, the climax is pretty standard and features some surprisingly shoddy CGI but it deserves all the excitement and buzz it's getting. My screening was bursting at the seems so this will likely be a monster.
If Asgard had a fraction of the character that Wakanda has I'd be in heaven.
Shuri needs to be in a room with Stark and Rocket stat, Letitia Wright is brilliant.
Lupito N'Yongo and Chadwick Boseman would make the most beautiful children.
Freeman and Serkis had bigger roles than I thought.
Chadwick Boseman is really attractive.
I fancy Chadwick Boseman.