By Travis Martin
More new characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are underway with diverse new superheroes, such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in “Captain America: Civil War,” releasing on May 6. Now, after rumors and dismissals of potential directors, Marvel Studios has just announced that Ryan Coolger will be directing the standalone movie, “Black Panther.“
Marvel head produce Kevin Feige said this about the director during a press conference: “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.”
Coolger made his debut with “Fruitvale Station” and has recently directed this years “Creed,” which recently garnered Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. The young director was already rumored to be a frontrunner after “Selma” director Ava DuVernay backed out. Marvel has already hired Joe Robert Cole to write the script for the film. No other casting has been announced other than the rumor that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” character Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) would be making a return as Black Panther’s primary antagonist. “Black Panther” is stated to release February 16, 2018.