‘Black Panther’ Movie Finds Its Screenwriter

By October 6, 2015

Marvel’s Black Panther standalone film will be unlike anything else they have done before. Aside from the obvious diversity reasons (it will be the first film from the studio to focus on a superhero of color), the film’s likely setting and locations should help to provide a refreshing change of pace to some of the usual locales seen in previous Marvel movies, much like how Guardians of the Galaxy‘s space setting helped to give the film a more unique edge.

The Black Panther character has such a different history and mythology to him, and it’ll be interesting to see not only how Marvel plans on doing justice to his Wakandan origins, but also how they manage to adequately show the Wakandan culture and history onscreen. With actor Chadwick Boseman set to play T’Challa in the film (after being introduced in next year’s Captain America: Civil War), it seems like the studio is planning on giving the character a large spotlight moving forwards. Without much of an established creative team behind the standalone film yet though, it’s hard to know for sure what direction the studio is planning on taking the character in.

It looks like we can at least check off one of those boxes now though.

According to a new report from THR, screenwriter Joe Robert Cole has been brought on to write the screenplay for the Black Panther film. Cole is a newcomer to the industry, coming from Marvel’s in-house writing program that also brought on Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman. Cole has also worked on FX’s American Crime Story too, as well as a new sci-fi film at Summit/Lionsgate called Revoc.

While I can’t really comment on Cole’s skills as a screenwriter, considering he hasn’t done much notable work so far, Marvel has done an increasingly better job at picking their writers and directors the farther into their Marvel Cinematic Universe plans they get. Their in-house writer’s group has turned out some fairly impressive and unique scripts so far though (with Guardians of the Galaxy alone counting for a lot), and it seems like Kevin Feige and co. have a fairly clear idea of what they want for this solo film, after already pursuing Selma director Ava Duvernay for the project several months ago.

The report states that Marvel is currently more focused on creating a strong, solid script for the 2018 standalone right now before they begin another in-depth search for a director. However, with some recent reports stating that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is up for the Black Panther job, it’ll be interesting to see just how long we have to wait until we know for sure who will be behind the camera of the film as well. We can assume that Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw from Avengers: Age of Ultron will be returning as the standalone’s main villain too, and after the small taste of the character we got in that film alone, it seems like fans can look forward to something very interesting in Black Panther.

Black Panther is set to hit theatres on July 6th, 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
  • Jose

    I thought The Hulk was their first hero of color… ?