Marvel Studios recently put out a press release confirming that Ryan Coogler, the filmmaker behind Creed and Fruitvale Station, will be directing their Black Panther solo film starring Chadwick Boseman.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said producer 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.”
Last year, Coogler commented on the importance of the director’s race when it comes to Black Panther, explaining, “Perspective is so important in art. It’s an important thing. That’s not to say that you can’t work outside yourself. When I was coming up, I made movies about things that were close to me; I made movies about things that weren’t close to me. But I definitely think that it helps when you are close to a subject. Like, I was an athlete for most of my life before I was a filmmaker. And that helped to inform me when writing this script [for ‘Creed‘], when directing. Having had those types of experiences helped me inform this process.”
Black Panther will center on T’Challa, the king of a high-tech African nation called Wakanda which was first referenced in last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the comics, he has served as a member of the Avengers and was once married to Storm of the X-Men for a time. He will make his first live-action film debut on May 6 in Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther is set to release on February 16, 2018.