After weeks of rumour-mongering, Marvel have officially announced the hiring of Creed's Ryan Coogler to helm 2018's Black Panther solo movie, to the surprise of precisely no one (those rumours always felt like a sure thing, especially considering Creed's recent success in theaters and at the Golden Globes on Sunday). In a press release over at Marvel.com, producer Kevin Feige stated:
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 weve found the perfect director to bring TChallas story to life.Chadwick Boseman is lined up to star as Black Panther, and will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War in a few months time. Coogler is a great choice to direct, already proving to be a dab hand at working with younger actors after the one-two punch of Fruitvale Station and Creed with Michael B. Jordan. I'm intrigued to see what he does with Boseman when the time comes. Here's hoping that the Marvel studio mandates don't dial down his style or control over the film. It'd be a shame to lose another great director from a Marvel film like Ant-Man with Edgar Wright or Thor: The Dark World with Patty Jenkins.
Black Panther is released on 16 February 2018 in the US, and scheduled for the much later date of 6 July 2018 in the UK.