Stan Lee has congratulated Black Panther on its soaring and unexpected success. Marvel's latest has been a truly massive hit, even by Marvel standards. In the months leading up to the movie's release, hype began to build and build, which ultimately led to a record-breaking first weekend, which looks to continue through this upcoming weekend as well. Now, the man who helped build Marvel Comics and co-created Black Panther has congratulated the movie on its overwhelming ability to bring in big bank at the box office.

Taking to Twitter, Stan Lee, who hasn't been part of Marvel Comics for a long time but is credited as a producer on the Marvel Studios movies and is always given a cameo, shared his congratulations to the cast and crew of Black Panther. Lee singled out director Ryan Coogler and says he looks forward to seeing what records the movie will break over the course of its box office run. Here's what he had to say.

"Congratulations @marvelstudios, #RyanCoogler, and the entire cast & crew on the soaring success of Black Panther! What a thrill it is to be able to witness all the records this dynamic, thoughtful movie is smashing. #BlackPanther #WakandaForever"

Indeed, the question is, just how high can Black Panther fly? Last weekend, it became one of just five movies ever to make more than $200 million on its opening weekend. It also managed to beat Justice League's entire domestic box office in just four days. This week, it beat The Avengers to have the highest-grossing Tuesday and Wednesday at the box office for any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ever. Not to mention that it's expected to make more than $100 million in its second weekend, which only a select few movies have ever managed to do.

It turns out Stan Lee isn't the only one who wants to congratulate Black Panther on its record-breaking first week. Lee was quoting a tweet from Disney CEO Bob Iger in his congratulatory tweet. Iger is also, as one would imagine, thrilled with Black Panther's success and wanted to personally express his gratitude to the people who made the movie happen. Here's what he had to say.

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"The world has embraced Black Panther, which has obliterated expectations, broken records & shattered myths. Powerful storytelling that touches hearts, bridges cultures, opens minds. Grateful to @Marvelstudios, #RyanCoogler & the cast and crew. #BlackPanther #WakandaForever."

Prior to the release of Black Panther, no blockbuster of this size, let alone comic book movie, has ever featured a predominantly African-American cast. So not only is this movie breaking records, but it's also rather historic and it certainly doesn't hurt that both fans and critics have embraced the movie. So much so that it recently topped Rotten Tomatoes top 100 movies of all time list. Black Panther represents a significant moment for movie lovers and comic book fans. Stan Lee and Bob Iger's congratulations are well deserved. You can check out Stan Lee's Twitter post, as well as Bob Iger's tweet, for yourself below.

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