One of the more exciting Marvel properties to be coming to the big screen in the next few years is without a doubt Black Panther. A film that the fans have been clinging for for years now is finally on its way. With a star destroyer sized ship that just keeps chugging along in Marvel and a proven star in Chadwick Boseman to lead the franchise, the only thing left to get is a captain to steer it in the direction it needs.
The last year has seen both Ryan Coogler (Creed) and Ava DuVernay (Selma) were in talks for the project before passing, and reports also said that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray was considered. But it’s Marvel, do you really think they’d just give up? According to an interview with Kevin Feige by Empire Magazine, Marvel has snagged their initial choice in Ryan Coogler to direct the upcoming superhero epic. There have been rumors floating around for several weeks now and after approaching him a second time following the success of Creed and the split over at Marvel, Feige was finally able to bring aboard the director they always wanted.
Coogler is not only being praised for his work on Creed, but is deservingly so in the conversation for the upcoming Oscars. And as Feige points out in the interview, Coogler’s (proven) chops will lend themselves very well to the scope of the story they want to tell for Black Panther.
“This one is important,” Feige said of its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore.” Like I said above, this is easily one of Marvel’s more exciting projects of the next few years. Black Panther as a character ins’t only one of the smartest, strongest, and just all around badass heroes, but as Feige points out, it’s something completely new and different to explore within the MCU.
Feige continues with some little details on what to expect with Black Panther: “The movie is a big geopolitical action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda and what it means to be a king…”
Being directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Black Panther hits theaters on February 16th, 2018.