BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
Black Panther, Marvel’s next superhero release, opens Friday, February 16. It’s forecasted that the movie will, domestically, reach $165 million dollars, making it the highest grossing Marvel releases in February; surpassing Deadpool.
According to Imax Entertainment, the movie that features an all-black cast, as well as a black director, is the biggest seller of advanced Imax tickets of any Marvel movie.
Further, Black Panther has been the most tweeted about movie of 2018.
The director, Ryan Coogler has directed Fruitvale Station, 2013, and Creed in 2015, and he has a connection to Toledo.
Francine Coogler-Boyd and several family members gathered in her South Toledo home on Monday, February 12, to share with The Toledo Journal Ryan Coogler’s connection to the Glass City.
During a family reunion, in the summer of 2017, is when she spoke to her cousin over the phone. Although Ryan Coogler hasn’t been to Toledo, the family is making sure that everyone in the city has the opportunity to see Black Panther on the opening day.
Ms. Coogler-Boyd said they planned on reserving seating for people in the fall. Originally, 87 seats were held at Fallen Timbers Cinemas, for the Friday, 7 p.m. showing, but seats filled so quickly they had to reserve an additional 161.
Ira Coogler, Ryan’s father, spoke via video conference from California, about the movie. He expressed how excited he, as well as his son, was for the release. Ira Coogler said he has seen the movie twice.
“Although the film has mostly Black actors, the movie is for everyone,” he said. “After watching, not only will you say ‘Wow,’ but your compassion for other human beings should be greater,” Ira Coogler said.
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