By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Getting the right director for Marvel’s upcoming film Black Panther has been slow going, to say the least. Ava DuVernay was originally sought to direct the film, but she decided to pass on it. Then F. Gary Gray was a name being considered, but the director decided that Furious 8 would be his next project.
Now Marvel has announced that Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler has officially signed on to helm Black Panther. The news was announced on Marvel’s official website, with studio president Kevin Feige stating:
“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.”
The critical and commercial success of Creed definitely helped Coogler secure the directorial gig. That film effortlessly walked the fine line between a broad-based appeal, and a personal story for audience members to latch on to. For a boxing movie, there wasn’t much boxing, and that was just fine, because Coogler made us care about the characters.
I wonder if Marvel is now embolden to start taking riskier chances after the success of phase one and phase two. The universe has been solidified at this point and Captain America: Civil War won’t be a typical one-off bad guy film so hopefully Coogler can bring a more personal story to Black Panther than Marvel tends to do.
Not much is known about the story but we do know that Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title character, will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War. Andy Serkis has already portrayed one of Black Panther’s frequent nemeses, Ulysses Klaw, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it hasn’t been said whether he will be back for the solo film.
Black Panther will premiere in theaters on February 16, 2018.