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Creed’s Ryan Coogler Will Officially Direct Black Panther!

(The movie, not the band.)


Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) will first show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War in just a few months, but with his own movie on the horizon, speculation has been rampant (as usual) as to who would direct it. Well, speculate no more!

Marvel has made it official that Ryan Coogler, who directed the recent, well-received Michael B. Jordan Rocky sequel, Creed, will take on the Black Panther solo movie, currently slated for February 16, 2018. (You know, as long as Marvel doesn’t have any more Spider-Men up their sleeves to disrupt the schedule.) Kevin Feige said,

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.

We were excited about the prospect of Ava DuVernay directing, but since she turned the gig down, we’re going to go ahead and be pretty stoked about Coogler, too—not to mention how he recently scored points with us for his thoughts on female filmmakers. Most importantly, of course, he’s shown us with Creed that he’s got what it takes to jump into an established franchise and turn out something worth seeing.

Can’t wait to see what he does with Black Panther!

(via We Are Wakanda, image via Marvel Entertainment)

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