Marvel recently announced that “Creed” director Ryan Coogler is now officially the director of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Black Panther.” Shortly after the announcement, Coogler was able to express his excitement about starting the film, which will bring to the big screen the life and story of the King of Wakanda, a highly advanced nation from Africa and the source of the unbreakable metal vibranium.
In a recent interview with Hey U Guys, Coogler expressed his excitement to finally get his hands on a project he classified as part of the things he is passionate about. As it turned out, Coogler is not new when it comes to the world of comic books, so being able to work on bringing one of the most loved comics book characters in the Marvel Universe is something personal to him.
“I’m excited,” he said with a big smile. “I grew very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something I’m this passionate about again.”
For Marvel, Coogler’s talent and expertise in the world of filmmaking were some of the biggest factors that led them to decide that he was the perfect man for the job.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said Marvel Studios President 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.”
Chadwick Boseman will play the titular role of T’Challa/Black Panther, and will first appear in the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War” before hitting the theaters with his own film on Feb. 16, 2018.