The runaway success of "Black Panther" has yielded so many good things, far beyond a critically-acclaimed movie, a cast made up of black actors (and many of them women), and Michael B. Jordan doing push-ups.
And for all the love the movie is getting, director Ryan Coogler is returning it manifold.
After "Black Panther" had a record-breaking Monday at the box office to for an astonishing four-day domestic total of $242 million, Coogler released a heartfelt letter reflecting on the tremendous experience and thanking fans in particular.
Read it below and try not to cry:
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 [of] amazing people from 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 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 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, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.
P.S. Wakanda Forever
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. Read More