On Wednesday, the world met Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who will appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War before getting his own stand-alone feature in February 2018. Now, meet his director.
EW has confirmed that Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler is in talks to direct the Marvel film, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe feature focused on a black superhero (Birth.Movies.Death was the first site to report the news.)
Coogler, whose cinematic debut was the festival favorite Fruitvale Station, is negotiating on the heels of the acclaimed and lucrative release of Creed on Nov. 25. The 29-year-old talked to EW about his superhero leanings in October.
“I was definitely one of this kids that had a comic-book collection. I was in the comic-book store quite a bit. So those types of films are etched into me because I have a familiarity with them,” he said. “That being said, films like Wrong Answer, like Fruitvale, they interest me just as much, if not more.”
Coogler isn’t the first director to discuss Black Panther. Ava DuVernay (Selma) was approached for the project, but she ultimately declined. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she said in July. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”
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In the comics, Panther is T’Challa, prince of the technologically advanced fictional African country of Wakanda. Boseman told EW the character won’t be as affable as Tony Stark when he appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance,” Boseman said. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat.”
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Black Panther will star Boseman in the title role, from a script written by Joe Robert Cole (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame).
Civil War, Panther’s on-screen debut, will be released May 6, 2016.
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