‘Creed’ Director Rumored to Helm Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Standalone

By October 15, 2015
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Marvel has been looking to sign a director for their 2018 Black Panther standalone film for some time now. After unsuccessfully courting Selma director Ava Duvernay for the project earlier this year, Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray was recently in talks for the film too, before ultimately signing on to direct Fast and Furious 8. With the film’s lead star already cast, and the screenwriter recently hired, Marvel is clearly looking to bring on a director for the project sometime soon, so they can continue to fill out the rest of the movie’s creative team and cast.

The T’Challa character is set to be introduced in next year’s Captain America: Civil War as well, before being one of many new characters to receive his own standalone film leading up to the Phase Three climax that will be Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2. It’s clear that the studio is looking to fill the movie’s creative team with as many diverse players as possible too, especially after some of the heat the studio has been under in response to its lack of female or racially diverse characters and filmmakers.

It looks like they may have found their newest choice as well.

According to a new rumor coming from Heroic Hollywood, Marvel is reportedly eyeing Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to direct the Black Panther film, and while the report doesn’t specify on how far along the negotiations have gotten, it does seem like the studio wants the young filmmaker at the helm. It makes sense too considering all of the critical acclaim that Coogler received coming off of Fruitvale Station and the positive buzz that Creed has been getting up until this point as well – he’s made himself one of the most charismatic young filmmakers in the industry today, who also seems to meet all of Marvel’s requirements for this specific project.

Now, none of this is confirmed obviously, and should be taken with a fairly large grain of salt at this point. However, Marvel has shown their desire to bring “hot” filmmakers and actors into their creative teams, and if any director in the industry right now fits that description – it’s Coogler. Creed looks like an incredibly interesting and fresh way to continue a franchise that could have gone into some seriously boring ground at this point, and the pairing of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone onscreen might just be one of the best duos of the year.

He’s one of those directors who imbues each of his films with that kind of raging, fierce energy any up-and-coming director should always strive for. Fruitvale Station was a harrowing, emotionally-charged drama that was both riveting and calculated. Creed looks like he’s bringing the same dramatic tension into a much bigger franchise, and something tells me he could bring a very unique tone and energy to the Black Panther film, which is already set to be one of Marvel’s more interesting films.

Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 16th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable