Black Panther: Wakanda Forever recently hit the $500M mark, launching the franchise into its victory. Director Ryan Coogler has fans and supporters to thank for this milestone and for helping the team bring honor to Chadwick Boseman’s legacy.
A masterpiece on its own, the sequel to the 2018 Black Panther film boasts an emotionally-charged narrative, action-packed scenes, and stunning visual effects. Its tremendous global success brought Coogler and the entire cast to tears, encouraging the director to type a heartfelt note for everyone.
Ryan Coogler’s Open Letter To Fans
Overwhelmed with the support for Wakanda Forever, Coogler writes:
“Gratitude. That is the only word that comes to mind for your support of our work on the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I am filled with it.”
The director specifically thanked those who showed extra effort:
“Thank you to the people who bought their tickets early and camped out opening weekend. Thank you to those of you [who] took their families out- young ones and elders in tow. To those who organized youth screenings and afterparties, who bought out theaters for communities and friends. To all of you who watched multiple times, and encouraged other folks to check it out.”
Coogler talked about how grief is an important element in the conception of the film and how he used it to honor the legacy of Boseman:
“And our film deals with the inescapable human emotion of grief. Thank you for opening yourself up to the emotional journey of this film. We made something to honor our friend, who was a giant in our industry, and we also made something to be enjoyed in a theatrical setting with friends, family, and strangers. Something to be quoted and discussed. To be debated. Something to make people both physically and emotionally feel seen.”
He ended the message on a good note and anticipation for future projects:
“This medium wouldn’t exist without an audience, and I thank you for giving me professional purpose, and an emotional outlet. I look forward to bringing you more stories in the future. Sincerely, Ryan Coogler.”
No one could match the vision and creative direction that Coogler brought to the franchise. Staying true to oneself and the representation they are aiming to show is what made the movie a feat.
What’s Next For Ryan Coogler And Black Panther 3?
It would be a shame not to have Ryan Coogler on the third installment, so Marvel needs to secure him as the director. His close ties with the cast and crew, plus his familiarity with the world of Wakanda and everything inside it are enough reasons to let him stay. All fans have to do is wait for the studio’s green light signal.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s box office victory is a testament to hard work, patience, and determination. The making of sequel faced a lot of trials and hardships, especially when the world lost Chadwick Boseman. This open letter to fans is Coogler’s way of saying it was the right decision to push through with the sequel, and Chadwick would have been so proud.
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