'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Pens Emotional Letter to Fans

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.”

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The success of Marvel‘s latest action hero movie Black Panther is quite obvious, from its record breaking global opening weekend — pulling in $242 million USD — and chart topping soundtrack to its impact on the black community. With that, director Ryan Coogler has written a personal letter to all the fans of the film, which was shared on Marvel’s official Instagram account.

The emotional note begins by explaining, “I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.” Coogler goes on to say, “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.”

Coogler even admitted that he was moved to tears by the response and hadn’t expected the film to receive such positive responses. “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong,” he writes. “It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”

You can read the full transcript of the letter below:

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.

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. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters– often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

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.

Sincerely,

Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever

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