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It's official, Ryan Coogler to direct Black Panther for Marvel

01.11.2016

Today Marvel made official what many of us have suspected for some time, that Ryan Coogler (CREED) will be taking on directing duties for BLACK PANTHER. After making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) will finally take center stage in his own film and knowing that the director of CREED will be guiding Marvel's next big hero is enough to get me very excited about the upcoming flick.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige expressed his own excitment in Marvel's official press-release:

We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family, 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.

The only unfortunate side-effect of this news is that Coogler's involvement with Marvel and BLACK PANTHER will likely keep the director from returning to helm the follow-up to CREED, which has been scooping up the awards lately, including a supporting actor win for Sylvester Stallone at last night's Golden Globes.

BLACK PANTHER is set for a February 16, 2018 release.

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11:27PM on 01/12/2016
Well, if one director can tell the story of a well-to-do guy who has some legacy to fill and would do anything to live up to it, it's Ryan Coogler.
Well, if one director can tell the story of a well-to-do guy who has some legacy to fill and would do anything to live up to it, it's Ryan Coogler.
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8:37PM on 01/11/2016

I'm going to get downvoted for this...

But I'm really looking to see this guy be one of the next major filmmakers. He feels like a special talent. Marvel probably could have gotten any of a hundred big budget action directors to do this. I mean, how much of his personal stamp can he really put on a script shit out of the Marvel factory? (Unless he's writing it, but look how messed up that turned out for even someone as brilliant as Joss Whedon?)
But I'm really looking to see this guy be one of the next major filmmakers. He feels like a special talent. Marvel probably could have gotten any of a hundred big budget action directors to do this. I mean, how much of his personal stamp can he really put on a script shit out of the Marvel factory? (Unless he's writing it, but look how messed up that turned out for even someone as brilliant as Joss Whedon?)
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11:42PM on 01/11/2016
On the one hand, I'm glad they finally secured a director for the job. On the other, I'm with you. Ryan Coogler's got the goods to be the sort of director whose work we anticipate simply because he directed it. We don't see many real auteurs coming out of the woodwork anymore. Cary Fukiyama, Ramin Bahrani (but no one goes to see his movies), and maybe Damien Chazelle are the only ones who come to mind from the past few years.
On the one hand, I'm glad they finally secured a director for the job. On the other, I'm with you. Ryan Coogler's got the goods to be the sort of director whose work we anticipate simply because he directed it. We don't see many real auteurs coming out of the woodwork anymore. Cary Fukiyama, Ramin Bahrani (but no one goes to see his movies), and maybe Damien Chazelle are the only ones who come to mind from the past few years.
8:23PM on 01/11/2016
I'm sure he'll do a solid job (Marvel really know how to choose their directors well), but it still feels a little forced/cliche how Marvel went out of their way to purposely pick a director of his color. Like I said, I'm sure he'll do a good job, but still.
I'm sure he'll do a solid job (Marvel really know how to choose their directors well), but it still feels a little forced/cliche how Marvel went out of their way to purposely pick a director of his color. Like I said, I'm sure he'll do a good job, but still.
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9:43PM on 01/11/2016
get over it. it makes sense that picking a black director is a CYA move by marvel. think about it. you're making a movie about a fictional African sovereignty. you're probably going to have some sterotypes. but if it's a black guy making the decisions, it's not racist.
get over it. it makes sense that picking a black director is a CYA move by marvel. think about it. you're making a movie about a fictional African sovereignty. you're probably going to have some sterotypes. but if it's a black guy making the decisions, it's not racist.
10:24PM on 01/11/2016
I'm just glad that the Selma Director didn't get the job.. I don't want this movie to turn all racial.
I'm just glad that the Selma Director didn't get the job.. I don't want this movie to turn all racial.
10:45PM on 01/11/2016
Seriously, dude? What's wrong with that? Who cares what the fuck his skin color is? Black hero, black director, they look good, if the movie turns out good everyone's happy.

Directing is still, by and large, a white man's game. Nothing wrong with giving some people who are not one or the other (or neither) a shot.
Seriously, dude? What's wrong with that? Who cares what the fuck his skin color is? Black hero, black director, they look good, if the movie turns out good everyone's happy.

Directing is still, by and large, a white man's game. Nothing wrong with giving some people who are not one or the other (or neither) a shot.
11:04PM on 01/11/2016
I'm fine with a black director directing a comic book hero who also happens to be black as well. It's just that Marvel's approach in doing so didn't see so subtle. But like I said in my post, I'm sure he'll do a solid job.
I'm fine with a black director directing a comic book hero who also happens to be black as well. It's just that Marvel's approach in doing so didn't see so subtle. But like I said in my post, I'm sure he'll do a solid job.
11:31PM on 01/11/2016
So you wish we lived in a post-racial world where directors were not hired by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. What an enlightened world that would be.
So you wish we lived in a post-racial world where directors were not hired by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. What an enlightened world that would be.
12:44AM on 01/12/2016
Black Panther doesn't just "happen to be black". His entire story is African. He IS black.
Black Panther doesn't just "happen to be black". His entire story is African. He IS black.
5:47AM on 01/12/2016
I don't think race is incidental to this character or the film more broadly and so I think it is important to have it directed by someone who understands that aspect intimately...
I don't think race is incidental to this character or the film more broadly and so I think it is important to have it directed by someone who understands that aspect intimately...
8:14AM on 01/12/2016
Black Panther doesn't just "happen to be black". His entire story is African. He IS black.

so black skin makes you an expert on Africa... i call bullshit, ten dollars, 99.9999999999 percent of African Americans know jack shit about Africa, or African history, shit i bet most of them can't name five African countries with out the help of the internet. the directors a Californian, he's as american as any other american and about as African as any american is, which is to say none... damn most
Black Panther doesn't just "happen to be black". His entire story is African. He IS black.

so black skin makes you an expert on Africa... i call bullshit, ten dollars, 99.9999999999 percent of African Americans know jack shit about Africa, or African history, shit i bet most of them can't name five African countries with out the help of the internet. the directors a Californian, he's as american as any other american and about as African as any american is, which is to say none... damn most African american's know fuck all about american history along with most white Americans... most of this is pc bullshit, if the man is good as his job i'd say good for him and do a good job and if you make a good movie i'll go watch it, but please people stop trying to shove race and sex into areas where it has no place.
9:44AM on 01/12/2016
Well, the Russos aren't Black and Black Panther and Wakanda are going to be in Civil War so there is that. I think the point is that Wakanda is not going to be a realistic African country. Stan Lee back in the day didn't want to deal with the realities of Africa, things like poverty and starvation and disease. Presumably the movie Black Panther will deal with the question of how, if Wakanda is so rich and advanced, that the Wakandan kingdom didn't expand to control all of Africa. People in
Well, the Russos aren't Black and Black Panther and Wakanda are going to be in Civil War so there is that. I think the point is that Wakanda is not going to be a realistic African country. Stan Lee back in the day didn't want to deal with the realities of Africa, things like poverty and starvation and disease. Presumably the movie Black Panther will deal with the question of how, if Wakanda is so rich and advanced, that the Wakandan kingdom didn't expand to control all of Africa. People in Africa would be better off under Wakandan rule obviously. Why would T'challa's father and grandfather and great grandfather have allowed people in Africa to starve and die when, given the choice they would want them to rule over them in exchange for the wealth of Wakanda to be divided up amongst all of Africa. A wealthy nation in the middle of Africa doesn't make logical sense and it would be better for a black director to make this point and work around it.
11:36PM on 01/13/2016
Its not Force, they wanted a BLACK director to helm a BLACK film. How hard is that to understand? I mean seriously.
Its not Force, they wanted a BLACK director to helm a BLACK film. How hard is that to understand? I mean seriously.
10:44AM on 01/15/2016
Hooo... It's a BLACK film ?!
My bad, I thought it was a MARVEL/DISNEY film, with a African super-hero...
Do you think, although I'm white and not African (nor American) I'm allowed see it ?
Hooo... It's a BLACK film ?!
My bad, I thought it was a MARVEL/DISNEY film, with a African super-hero...
Do you think, although I'm white and not African (nor American) I'm allowed see it ?
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