Maybe more than almost any other movie they’ve done, Marvel getting Ryan Coogler to direct and write their standalone Black Panther movie in 2018 is one of the studio’s greatest creative achievements yet. There isn’t a director working today who has more hype surrounding them than Coogler does right now, after both Fruitvale Station and Creed received the filmmaker serious critical acclaim for his work.
After attempting to recruit Ava DuVernay for the project following Selma in 2014, the studio may have gotten even luckier with Coogler, and with a cast that so far includes Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, Lupita Nyong’o as the female lead, and Michael B. Jordan as the villain, it’s seeming more and more like one of Marvel’s most promising and almost for-sure projects to date.
Following both Fruitvale and Creed though, which ended up feeling like incredibly personal and emotional outings from Coogler, the director says that in all actuality, the Marvel film will be his most personal movie to date, while speaking recently with Fast Company about making his style fit into the MCU:
“It’s a specific challenge. What Marvel’s doing, and what you see a lot of studios doing now that Marvel has done it so successfully, is making content that exists in a particular universe, where the characters tie in and crossover, and I think that’s a great creative challenge to me—to make this movie as personal as possible. It’s going to be my most personal movie to date, which is crazy to say, but it’s completely the case. I’m obsessed with this character and this story right now, and I think it’s going to be very unique and still fit into the overall narrative that they’re establishing. I grew up as a comic book fan, and the same things used to happen in the comic books. You’d have Wolverine’s books, and they’d be so much darker and more brutal than the X-Men books, but they’d still fit in when you open the pages of the X-Men book. It’s new to movies, but it’s not new to storytelling.”
These are big words considering the emotional authenticity and weight evident in both of Coogler’s past projects. After the character made his introduction into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War as well (to a thunderous welcome), I’d say that anticipation surrounding the project has only increased tenfold now. With Coogler at the helm though, I’d be excited for any movie, let alone a Black Panther standalone. The entire film could be about Black Panther and Captain America playing cards, and I’d still watch it opening day if he was behind it.
Black Panther will be released on February 2nd, 2018.
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