Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has shared a thank you note for fans.
The film – which recently achieved a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – stars Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa, the beleagured leader of fictional kingdom Wakanda, alongside Luptia Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan. It hit UK cinemas on February 12, subsequently smashing box office records. NME dubbed the film ‘the best Marvel movie yet’ in our review.
“I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at the moment, but I will try,” Coogler writes in a new letter, shared via Marvel Studios’ Twitter account. Claiming the reaction to the film “still humbles” him, the director went on to state that fans’ wholehearted embrace of his movie “often moved me and my wife to tears”.
Check out the note in full below, along with a series of responses.
Right-wing trolls had previously launched a campaign to give Black Panther purposely low user scores on Rotten Tomatoes in protest against Disney’s increased spotlight on BME and female characters in recent years.
Speaking to Huffington Post recently, director Coogler responded to this attempt at thwarting the success of his movie, saying: “For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film. I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are … that’s kind of where I [stand on that]”.