Ryan Coogler Expresses Gratitude For "Black Panther"

"Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong", he continued.

Black Panther made more than $200 million on its opening weekend. The Marvel sci-fi movie also broke several records including Biggest February opening weekend, Biggest non-sequel opening weekend, Biggest opening weekend ever for any movie not directed by a white guy (just had to chip that in), among others.

We know that Black Panther, has smashed all sorts of records to become the number one film in the world.

It can not be stressed enough what Black Panther signifies in terms of Hollywood diversity and racial representation in these big blockbuster movies.


[I've been working on Black Panther] since I got [to Marvel].

This movie had a typical Marvel theme in that "good always wins over bad" which is a great message to send, especially to children. And we soon found ourselves falling into the pitfalls of an origin story movie and that sort of familiar structure that just wasn't as exciting as we wanted it to be. It's a marketing system that benefits directors like Jon Favreau, whose films like Jungle Book, Iron Man, and Elf are custom-designed with the hugest possible audiences in mind. Despite the effort, many people still think the Black Panther is merely a Star Wars spinoff.

Rotten Tomatoes is a handy tool for many in the age of streaming and fading attention spans, but there are those - film critics included - who argue that it dumbs down the art of criticism in favour of a more generic catch-all approach. A large of the superhero film was filmed in Atlanta. This past Monday, former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama came out in support of the film, saying: "I loved this movie". For example, Carter fashioned the Jabari tribe in the movie after the Dogon people of West Africa.

Coogler and Cole also provide our hero with an extensive female support system: Queen Mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett); superspy and sometimes lover Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o); General Okoye (Danai Gurira), head of his all-female royal guard; and his sister Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright), brilliant guru of Wakandan weaponry and technology. The message is un-ignorable. There have been plenty of gay themed films what included no Black people. Anyone not planning around that reality does so at their own peril.


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