Ryan Coogler writes a thank you letter to viewers for watching 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

During the Thanksgiving celebrations, Ryan Coogler expressed his gratitude to everyone who supported Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  The director's message has been shared on Marvel Studios' official social media platforms, including Instagram and Twitter.  The director thanked the audience for supporting the superhero film.

“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,” Coogler’s letter began. He then went on to list everyone he wanted to thank, from “the people who bought their tickets early and camped out opening weekend” to “all of you who watched multiple times and encouraged other folks to check it out.” Towards the close of his emotional letter, the film’s director acknowledged that the “medium wouldn’t exist without an audience,” attributing fans of his films as “giving [him] professional purpose, and an emotional outlet.”

Ryan Coogler writes a thank you letter to viewers for watching 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

During his letter, Coogler once again acknowledged that making a sequel to Black Panther (2018) was difficult, with the film intended to honor the late Chadwick Boseman.  “Our film deals with the inevitable human emotion of grief.  

Thank you for opening up to the emotional journey of this film,” wrote Coogler, referring to both scenes within the film and the loss of Boseman, who played the titular character in the first film and passed away in 2020 from colon cancer. "We created something to honor our friend, who was a giant in our industry, and we also created something for friends, family, and strangers to enjoy in a theatrical setting."  

He emphasized that while honoring Boseman, he hoped the film would also serve as something to remember for a long time to come.  "Something to be cited and discussed. To be debated. Something to make people feel, both physically and emotionally.

Signing off with "Long Live T'Challa", along with three other farewells, Coogler promised to keep bringing "more stories in the future".  The Instagram post alone has already garnered nearly half a million likes, with fans of the film sharing similar sentiments to the note.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to Marvel's Black Panther.  In the wake of King T'Challa's death, the Wakandans must work together to protect their nation from interfering world powers.

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