Last month, rumor circulated that the Fruitvale Station and Creed director was in talks with Marvel Studios to helm the upcoming superhero film. Today, we have the word from Marvel’s Kevin Feige that Coogler is, officially, on board for the ‘Phase Three’ entry into the franchise.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,“ said 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.”
Features a script by Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake) and starring 42 and Get On Up actor Chadwick Boseman as the king of Wakanda himself, Black Panther is slated to hit theaters on February 16, 2018. Aside from actor Andy Serkis reprising his role as the villainous Ulysses Klaw, after his introduction in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it is yet unknown who our cast for the film will consist of. Indeed, it is early days for what will be Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is already brimming with upcoming titles scheduled for the coming years.
Boseman will make his first appearance as T’Challa aka Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War — the ‘kick-off’ film to Phase Three of the MCU — which will be released May 6, 2016.
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