James Gunn Congratulates Ryan Coogler On Black Panther's Success

James Gunn has congratulated director Ryan Coogler on the remarkable success of his 2018 Marvel film, Black Panther.

Marvel's latest blockbuster hit, Black Panther is proving to be another triumph for the House of Ideas. The movie set the opening day record in the U.K. for 2018 so far.  And in the U.S., Black Panther has topped Captain America: Civil War on its opening day. At this point, it's possible the film will end up joining the top 5 superhero movie opening weekends of all-time. What's more, it looks like it will top most previous MCU movies, thus making it one of the studio's biggest successes to date.

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Marvel Studios is surely delighted by Black Panther's performance, and now, Ryan Coogler's Marvel colleague, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, has taken to Twitter to congratulate the Black Panther filmmaker on his astounding success. Take a look:

Enormous congrats to #RyanCoogler, who is not only a great director but an incredibly nice guy, on what’s looking to be an over $215 million 4-day weekend for #BlackPanther, the 6th biggest opening of all time! ?

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 17, 2018

Gunn is a key figure at Marvel Studios, and he's earned a strong reputation for interacting with fans on social media. It's certainly no surprise to see him publicly acknowledge this latest Marvel success, especially since he's well aware how important Black Panther is with regards to its cultural representation. After all, it's the first MCU movie to feature a black superhero in the lead role. And behind the scenes, Coogler assembled one of the most diverse teams ever to have worked on a superhero film.

Interestingly, it's possible Coogler and Gunn's worlds will cross over sooner rather than later. Gunn is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and is known to be coordinating a future cosmic direction for the MCU. Meanwhile, the comics have recently revealed that Wakanda launched a successful space program before T'Challa became king. In fact, one panel has even revealed an alien world has been colonized by Wakandans. Perhaps one day the Guardians will travel to Wakanda's space colony (if Marvel adapts that comic arc onto the big screen), but first, T'Challa will likely first meet the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4.

Only time will tell whether or not Black Panther achieves everything Marvel hopes. Ticket presales have been tremendous, outpacing all previous superhero films on Fandango. It also beat all previous Marvel films in terms of IMAX presales. Whatever the final results are, though, Black Panther is already proving to be a blockbuster hit. It's no surprise Gunn is congratulating his fellow Marvel director on the film's performance thus far.

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Source: James Gunn/Twitter

Key Release Dates
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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