Apart from the unfortunate business with Edgar Wright and Ant-Man, Marvel has a proven track record of picking out great directors to adapt our favourite characters for the silver screen from snagging the likes of Jon Favreau and James Gunn to picking directors like the Russo Brothers out of TV comedy obscurity.
It has been the driving force behind carving out unique identities for each of their individual franchises, maintaining audience interest as they gear up for the big Avengers showdown. It appears Marvel are going to be continuing this tradition, as they pick out Ryan Coogler to helm Black Panther’s first solo outing in 2018.
Although inexperienced, there is no denying Coogler’s talent. He first burst onto the scene with his debut film, Fruitvale Station, being released to widespread critical acclaim in 2013 and then followed it up with the fantastic, recently released Creed. Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige was extremely pleased to announce their partnership with Coogler saying, “We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family, and 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.”
It was reported that Marvel initially wanted Ava Duvernay of Selma to direct but she ultimately passed due to creative differences. Straight Out of Compton director F. Gary Gray had also expressed interest in the project before signing on to direct the next instalment in the Fast and the Furious Franchise.
Audiences can first catch a glimpse of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, starring alongside their favourite Avengers in this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther is set to release on February 16, 2018.