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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Black Panther is still enjoying an amazing amount of success on the heels of its opening weekend. Thus far, its taken in $426.8M worldwide, with its domestic gross already far outpacing even Avengers: Age of Ultron. Between that and its overall critical success (with Rotten Tomatoes naming it the highest reviewed film of all time), Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler have every reason to be incredibly happy.

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So humbled has Coogler been that he decided to pen a letter to all fans who have supported the film. Marvel released a photo of the letter, which you can check out directly below, if you’re not into reading small print, we’ve transcribed it in its entirety for you below the tweet.

Here is the actual letter:

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 [from] amazing people 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 media 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 even 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, we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.

Sincerely,

Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever

What do you think of Coogler’s letter? Are you happy to see the film enjoying such success, or do you think this is a case of another overhyped Marvel Studios film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Marvel

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.