After months of speculation it's finally official: Ryan Coogler will direct Marvel’s “Black Panther" movie.
Marvel has just announced that Coogler will direct the standalone "Black Panther" feature, due to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
Coogler will join the already-cast lead actor Chadwick Boseman, who is playing titular character T'Challa aka, “Black Panther.” The superhero was previously revealed in the trailer for “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Black Panther will also make his big debut.
Marvel President Kevin Feige released this quote to Marvel, “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.”
Our only lingering question now is will actor Michael B. Jordan also find a role in this feature? Jordan was in Coogler's two other critical success stories, "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station." Who knows, however, we are excited to see Boseman don the black suit as Black Panther in "Civil War" this May.