“Black Panther” manager Ryan Coogler is still coming to terms with the answer to his movie.
Whenever you make a Marvel superhero movie, it’s a safe bet people will come outside to see it. That said, we have never noticed anything like the response to “Black Panther,” a movie with a predominantly black cast set at a fictional African nation and not focused on one of Marvel’s leading characters.
A nerve was struck by the universal praise for the movie with manager Ryan Coogler, who composed a message of gratitude that he shared with supporters on Twitter:
“I’m struggling to discover the words to express my gratitude at this moment but I shall try,” Coogler composed, initially thanking his cast and filmmaking team for their gifts.
He thanked lovers of backgrounds for celebrating African culture.
Much of the attention paid to “Black Panther” was on its massive box-office haul — and understandably so. However, what’s even more amazing is that the feeling of unity that the movie has created with lovers. The liberty granted Marvel and by Disney to craft his eyesight clearly extended across the culture, something Coogler mentioned in his letter:
“Never in a million years did we envision that you would come this out powerful. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to devote their money and time watching our movie — but to find people of all backgrounds wearing clothes that celebrates their legacy, taking pictures beside our posters with their family and friends, and sometimes dance at the lobbies of theatres — moved me and my wife to tears.”
At this time, the future looks unlimited for Coogler, who’s just 31 years old and has already made three iconic movies.
“Black Panther” is just the third movie for Coogler, who burst on the scene with his powerful drama “Fruitvale Station,” that starred “Black Panther” co-star Michael B. Jordan. The pair reunited two decades later for “Creed,” a spinoff sequel at the “Rocky” movie series that won over critics and played above expectations at the box office. That helped set up Coogler’s involvement with “Black Panther.”
Now, 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 story of an Atlanta instructor who chooses a questionable path to secure more funding for his students. This movie, “Wrong Response,” reportedly will also star Jordan.
The outpouring of support for “Black Panther” shows that Coogler’s eyesight is hitting the perfect note for audiences throughout the world.
It is incredibly rare these days for any individual item of content to strike a chord with many viewers for many reasons. With numerous competing sockets, music even successful movies, and books rarely reach more than a fraction of the population. “Black Panther” shows that individuals can still come together to celebrate diverse tales, rich with meaning and a message of hope.
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