The director was in the midst of a conversation with Alec Baldwin at the Tribeca Film Festival when an audience member asked Lee what he thought about the Marvel film.
"Loved it. My brother. I've seen it four times," Lee said. "And I will say, I look at the world now differently, before Black Panther and after Black Panther. That shit changed everything, especially for people of color." You can watch his comments at the 58:44 mark of the video below.
As we mentioned, Black Panther has made major money moves since its release. Among its many box office records: It has the highest grossing opening week for any Marvel film, and the biggest February opening of all time. It's also the highest grossing superhero film of all time, and it surpassed Titanic to become the third highest-earning movie of all time. It was also the first commercial film to be shown in theaters in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on movies. Meanwhile, it helped dispel the long-held Hollywood notion that major blockbusters starring people of color don't sell.
As a result, other comic book adaptations with black characters have been greenlit, including BLACK, which takes place in a world where only black people have superpowers.
Lee has also been rumored to direct his first superhero film, based on Marvel's Spider-man spinoff character Nightwatch. In the meantime, he's set to direct BlacKkKlansman, a film about a black man who infiltrates the KKK.