Ryan Coogler has penned an open letter to fans of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to thank them for their continued support of the franchise.
Wakanda Forever was released in the middle of November and despite the short time in cinemas so far, it is already the eighth highest-grossing movie of the year, with $561 million earned...and counting.
It has received positive reviews also, particularly with regard to how it deals with the real-life passing of franchise star Chadwick Boseman.
Coogler's letter reads:
"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.
"Thank you. Thank you to the people who bought their tickets early and camped out opening weekend. Thank you to those of you who took their families out - young ones and elders in tow.
"Our film deals with the inescapable human emotion of grief. Thank you for opening yourself up to the emotional journey of this film. We made something to honour our friend, who was a giant in our industry, and we also made something to be enjoyed in a theatrical setting with friends, family, and strangers.
"Something to be quoted and discussed. To be debated. Something to make people both physically and emotionally feel seen.
“This medium wouldn’t exist without an audience, and I thank you for giving me professional purpose, and an emotional outlet.
"I look forward to bringing you more stories in the future."
Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Alex Livinali, Mabel Cadena, Tenoch Huerta, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Angela Bassett.