Ryan Coogler is a young 31 year-old African-American director and screenwriter who was responsible for Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the latest success of Black Panther. If you look at these movies, they were all amazing, but the film that was great, served impact, and made history was Black Panther. Let’s break it down shall we ?
The Marvel production of Black Panther was released on February 16th and in only a little over 2 weeks grossed over $760 million dollars globally. When you place this next to movies such as The Dark Knight Rises (1.1 billion earned), and Iron man (1.2 billion earned), Black Panther is on it’s way to becoming the highest grossing super hero movie of all time. Even when it comes down to it, the numbers is the last thing that makes this movie so excellent, the true reward of witnessing the film is representation and impact. This movie is nothing like we have ever seen. We as people have never seen all black super heroes serving justice, truth, being leaders and fighting for change (both women and men.) Not only was the representation rewarding in itself, but this movie serves impact to a child of color who never thought they would see a super hero in the same exact skin that their in.
Whether you came out the movie feeling like Black Panther, Killmonger, Okoye, Nakia, or Shuri this movie did exactly what it needed to. This film enabled people of color to see themselves as heroes and allowed us to feel excellent rather that comes with wearing a cape or not. Last but not least, this was a film that let us see different perspectives and see that black and brown people are capable of being heroes to their own community as well as heroes to the world.
Ryan Coogler’s success and creation of Black Panther is not only ground-breaking but a true testament to why black excellence isn’t about the hashtags or captions, it’s about embracing the legacy of excellence that’s still being written. Ryan Coogler is not only definitely one of the best directors of our generation, but a generator of impact.