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Ryan Coogler in talks to direct Black Panther for Marvel Studios

12.04.2015

Marvel Studios may be very close to getting one of their top choices to direct BLACK PANTHER, and it'd certainly be a good score for them.

According to Devin Faraci at Birth.Movies.Death, Ryan Coogler is in talks with the superhero juggernaut about taking the helm for BLACK PANTHER and directing Chadwick Boseman in the title role for the film's 2018 release date.

Coogler has been on Marvel's radar for awhile now, with rumblings that they were hoping to secure him before his calendar got too full once CREED hit theaters. With that film's success - both commercially and critically - Coogler is a hot name in Hollywood, also following his accomplishment with FRUITVALE STATION, and, with the way the industry works, everyone wants a piece of someone like that for their picture as they continue their ascent.

For BLACK PANTHER, Marvel has been trying to find a black filmmaker, if possible, to sit in the director's chair, much like they'd like to find the proper female fit for CAPTAIN MARVEL, and Coogler would fit the bill. For those who would be quick to point out that such a distinction shouldn't be the only criteria Marvel is looking to check off in their search, it's hard to argue with the strength of Coogler's filmography so far as a legitimate candidate period.

The main question, if this pans out, is going to be how Coogler would be able to work within the Marvel machine. For all fans would like to see this person or that person direct a movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, quite often those filmmakers aren't given the freedom to do what they've done to get them to that point within the confines of this shared universe. They have a lot of people to answer to, and, as evidenced in the past, they usually wind up executing the vision of Kevin Feige and the producers rather than telling their own stories.

Could that dynamic change a bit following the shake-up earlier this year? Could filmmakers be a bit more empowered as we move deeper into later Phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Ryan Coogler is an excellent addition to Marvel's operation for BLACK PANTHER... Now let's hope they let him do his thing to an extent. After all, that's why they're trying to get him in the first place.

BLACK PANTHER makes his solo presence felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on February 16, 2018.

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10:27AM on 12/07/2015
If MCU were really that controlling...how the heck did Trevor Slattery happen? I don't have issues with Marvel being protective of their assets but they've clearly allowed directors some freedom. Winter Soldier and Guardians, on the more positive side, prove that as well.
If MCU were really that controlling...how the heck did Trevor Slattery happen? I don't have issues with Marvel being protective of their assets but they've clearly allowed directors some freedom. Winter Soldier and Guardians, on the more positive side, prove that as well.
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1:17PM on 12/06/2015
Creed was excellent & is definitely the best movie I have seen all year. The first fight scene that was done in one take was amazing to watch on screen & it shows Coogler can handle a bigger budget , so yes he is an inspired choice for Black Panther.
Creed was excellent & is definitely the best movie I have seen all year. The first fight scene that was done in one take was amazing to watch on screen & it shows Coogler can handle a bigger budget , so yes he is an inspired choice for Black Panther.
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8:55AM on 12/05/2015

A great choice if they can get Coogler, and kieep him

Hopefully, the lesson of losing Joss Whedon sunk in for Marvel; I suspect a large part of that shake-up was over the sheer amount of executive BS Whedon had to face while making AGE OF ULTRON. So, if they land Coogler, they're smart enough to stay out of his way.
Hopefully, the lesson of losing Joss Whedon sunk in for Marvel; I suspect a large part of that shake-up was over the sheer amount of executive BS Whedon had to face while making AGE OF ULTRON. So, if they land Coogler, they're smart enough to stay out of his way.
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1:33AM on 12/05/2015
Black Panther deserves a very talented director, so great choice if it pans out.
Black Panther deserves a very talented director, so great choice if it pans out.
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6:15PM on 12/04/2015

Anyone else see the fun Mavel could have w/ future web & magazine article headers?: A Coog(l)er directing a 'Panther'! It's genius I tell ya'!

On another note...I'm thinking since the Cinematic Universe filmmakers now answer to Kevin Feige & not Ike Perlmutter...things may run a bit more smoothly.

I wouldn't be surprised if, sometime in the future when the MCU is respectfully antiquated, (like the Hammer Horror Films, the Musical or Western) that details spill revealing he was prob behind Edgar Wright's departure from "Ant-Man".
On another note...I'm thinking since the Cinematic Universe filmmakers now answer to Kevin Feige & not Ike Perlmutter...things may run a bit more smoothly.

I wouldn't be surprised if, sometime in the future when the MCU is respectfully antiquated, (like the Hammer Horror Films, the Musical or Western) that details spill revealing he was prob behind Edgar Wright's departure from "Ant-Man".
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6:04PM on 12/04/2015
*waiting for Soloist to jump in with his* this is a great catch for Marvel especially after his amazing job on Creed *only days after he lambasts Creed and the entire rocky series*
*waiting for Soloist to jump in with his* this is a great catch for Marvel especially after his amazing job on Creed *only days after he lambasts Creed and the entire rocky series*
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6:07PM on 12/04/2015
Ha. Well, you're going to be waiting for awhile.
Ha. Well, you're going to be waiting for awhile.
5:09AM on 12/05/2015
I don't see how he can be looking forward to this now. Give it a few months and he'll be championing Jordan and everyone involved with creed, he's worse than a negative troll!
I don't see how he can be looking forward to this now. Give it a few months and he'll be championing Jordan and everyone involved with creed, he's worse than a negative troll!
7:50AM on 12/05/2015
"Ha. Well, you're going to be waiting for awhile."

only cuz you were called out lol
"Ha. Well, you're going to be waiting for awhile."

only cuz you were called out lol
5:53PM on 12/04/2015

Awesome

Coogler would be a great choice, young, talented and now, proven. Marvel should snatch up that talent while they still can. Just make sure he still has time to make another Creed flick in between Marvel flicks, lol.
Coogler would be a great choice, young, talented and now, proven. Marvel should snatch up that talent while they still can. Just make sure he still has time to make another Creed flick in between Marvel flicks, lol.
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