“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler is still coming to words with the response to his film.
When you make a Marvel superhero movie, it’s a safe bet people will come out to see it. That said, we’ve never seen anything like the reaction to “Black Panther, ” a film with a predominantly black cast set in a fictional African nation and not focused on one of Marvel’s leading characters.
The nearly universal praise for the cinema struck a nerve with director Ryan Coogler, who wrote a heartfelt message of gratitude that he shared with fans on Twitter 😛 TAGEND
“I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment but I will try, ” Coogler wrote, first thanking his casting and filmmaking crew for their contributions.
He thanked fans of all backgrounds for celebrating African culture.
Much of the attention paid to “Black Panther” has been on its massive box-office haul — and understandably so. However, what’s even more amazing is the sense of unity the film has created with fans. The creative liberty granted to Coogler by Disney and Marvel to craft his own vision clearly extended across the culture, something Coogler noted in his letter 😛 TAGEND
“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to expend their fund and time watching our movie — but to see people of all backgrounds wearing garb that celebrates their heritage, taking paintings next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the foyers of theaters — moved me and my spouse to tears.”
Right now, the future seems limitless for Coogler, who is only 31 years old and has already made three iconic films.
“Black Panther” is just the third film for Coogler, who first explodes on the scene with his powerful drama “Fruitvale Station, ” which starred “Black Panther” co-star Michael B. Jordan. The pair reunited two years later for “Creed, ” a spinoff sequel in the “Rocky” film series that won over critics and performed above expectations at the box office. That helped set up Coogler’s involvement with “Black Panther.”
At this phase, it’s likely he could pretty much do any project he wanted, though his only formally announced follow-up is a much smaller affair: telling the true tale of an Atlanta teacher who takes a questionable path to procure more funding for his students. That movie, “Wrong Answer, ” reportedly will also star Jordan.
The outpouring of support for “Black Panther” shows that Coogler’s vision is reaching the right note for audiences throughout the world.
It’s unbelievably rare these days for any individual piece of content to strike a chord with so many spectators for so many reasons. With numerous vying outlets, even successful films, music, and books rarely reach more than a small fraction of the population. “Black Panther” shows that people can still come together to celebrate diverse tales, rich with meaning and a message of hope.
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