Ryan Coogler Pens An Emotional Message For Everyone Who Helped ‘Black Panther’ Make History

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Director Ryan Coogler attends the 'Black Panther' BFI preview screening held at BFI Southbank on February 9, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Ryan Coogler Pens An Emotional Message For Everyone Who Helped ‘Black Panther’ Make History

A class act.

Published February 21st

The massive worldwide success of Marvel's Black Panther has become possible due to the widely expressed pride and praise from the film's fans and critics. The movie went on to shatter box office records, raking in more than $230 million, domestically, in its opening weekend alone.

As a form of gratitude, the movie's director, Ryan Coogler, penned a letter addressed to every fan and patron who took the time to support the film, and his words are nothing short of profound.

Moved by the response the masses have given his creation, Coogler wrote an open letter to say "thank you" to everyone who made the film's visceral and unifying opening weekend a success.

"I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try," he wrote. "Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent. Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong."

After thanking patrons for "spending their money and time" to watch the film, he specifically highlighted those who went above and beyond by buying out theaters and organically promoting the film on social media.

"Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you," he ended the open letter. "P.S. Wakanda Forever."

Read his words, in full, below:


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We send much deserving congratulations to Coogler and the film's cast and crew for delivering such moving work.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)


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