Ryan Coogler is Directing Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER
It’s official. Ryan Coogler, director of Creed, is stepping up to direct Marvel’s Black Panther, which is scheduled to come to theaters on February 16, 2018.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said producer Kevin Feige. “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.”
Coogler wrote and directed Fruitvale Station, a Sundance Film Festival winner starring a mustachioed Michael B. Jordan. His most recent film Creed, the critically acclaimed next chapter in the Rocky Balboa franchise, earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Avid Marvel readers know Black Panther to be an important character in the Marvel universe since his inception 50 years ago. He’s the king of the technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda, and has been known to serve as a member of the Avengers when he’s not out doing his own thing. All this writer knows about Black Panther is that he was once married to Storm. Talk about power couple, right?
Chadwick Boseman will star as the titular hero in Black Panther after his character debuts in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which blasts its way into our conflicted hearts this May 6, 2016. I say “conflicted” because the internet is already drawing a line in the sand between #TeamTony and #TeamSteve. Which team are you on?