Following his ground-breaking directorial effort with Fruitvale Station and Creed, Ryan Coogler has now been named as the man who will helm Marvel’s Black Panther. Coogler has been linked to the production in the past but his efforts in Creed apparently sealed the deal for the hot seat.
The announcement was made by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in a recent interview with Empire Magazine who also revealed that the Marvel Phase3 film will have a strong connection to Avengers: Infinity War Part I.
“This one is important. Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore,” said Feige. “It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what it means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”
Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular character who will make his big screen debut in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel’s Black Panther is set for a February 2018 release.