After months of rumors and speculation (see? and see?), we finally know who will be sitting in the director’s chair for Marvel’s Black Panther: Ryan Coogler. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made the announcement today (via Variety), stating:
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family…The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct ‘Black Panther.’ Many fans have waited a long time to see Black Panther in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.”
Those “first two films” are, of course, Fruitvale Station and this year’s semi-surprise hit Creed (in theaters now!), the latter of which just won Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe. Selma director Ava DuVernay had been in talks to direct the film, but that ended back in July over the ever-popular creative differences.
The character of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, will make his onscreen debut later this year in Captain America: Civil War. No word yet on what other appearances he might make before his solo film, which will be written by Joe Robert Cole, premieres in 2018. Black Panther was already one of the more intriguing films on Marvel’s future slate. Now that a director of Ryan Coogler’s talent has come onboard, it will certainly be one of the more anticipated films to hit theaters in the next few years.
Black Panther is set for release on February 16, 2018.
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