In the days following the release of the incredible first trailer, we’ve been getting a ton of new information about ‘Captain America: Civil War’. In addition to hearing about the struggle between Cap and Iron Man, we’ve also gotten some great glimpses at other heroes like Black Widow, Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and MCU new edition the Black Panther, who will go on to star in his own feature film in 2018. However, there’s still no director attached to helm that upcoming Phase Three project. Previously, a few high profile directors like Ava DuVernay and F. Gary Gray were in the running, but things didn’t work out for one reason or another. Now it looks like Marvel Studios is going for the knockout with the latest filmmaker in talks for ‘Black Panther’.
According to Birth.Movies.Death, Marvel is currently courting Ryan Coogler to direct Chadwick Boseman in the King of Wakanda’s first solo effort in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The young writer and director first made waves with his first film, ‘Fruitvale Station’, which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance in 2013. For his second feature, he co-wrote and directed ‘Creed’, the seventh film in the legendary ‘Rocky’ franchise that has been praised as a bona fide hit by audiences and critics alike. And now if these reports are true, he can bring his talents that create very passionate and grounded stories with amazingly artistic cinematography to the House of Ideas.
Aside from his legitimacy as a filmmaker, Coogler would also bring his ability to take an iconic character and make it fresh, exciting, and uniquely his own. T’challa has been a staple of Marvel Comics since 1966, so we’ve seen his story told in a few different ways at this point. Though he has appeared in a few animated shows and video games, he’s still not as well known as other members of the Avengers. With Panther’s big screen debut looming, let’s just hope that if Coogler does get the job, he’ll be able to work well within the parameters of Kevin Feige and the rest of Marvel’s top brass so that we get more of an ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ rather than a ‘Thor: The Dark World’ or ‘Iron Man 2’.
What do you think about the possibility of Ryan Coogler directing ‘Black Panther’ for Marvel Studios? Do you think that he could bring the same magic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that he did with Rocky Balboa and ‘Creed’? Let us know in the comments.