Marvel confirms Ryan Coogler as 2018's Black Panther directorBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 12 January 2016 | Categories: news
Marvel has its Prince of Wakanda in the form of Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42), seen flexing his muscles in the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War as Black Panther. Now the standalone film for one of Marvel's first black superheroes has a director. With critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station and now Creed under his belt, Ryan Coogler has been confirmed by Marvel to helm the 2018 movie. The company took to Twitter to confirm the news, as we also got an even better look at Black Panther's vibranium suit.
Coogler has long been rumoured to direct the film, but this announcement makes it official. As for what the Black Panther film holds in store, little is known at this stage. Considering Civil War, out 5 May this year, will be the first time Black Panther is seen on screen, a fully fledged origin story seems a tad redundant. That said, to do the character justice, an origin story is most likely on the cards, especially given the range of Black Panthers powers, which are indeed comparable to that of Captain America himself. Either way, it should prove interesting to see how an exciting young director like Coogler will tackle the project.
For a few more glimpses of Black Panther, hit play on the Civil War trailer below.
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