Ryan Coogler Confirmed as 'Black Panther' Director

Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler

Marvel’s “Black Panther” found its latest director who can knock out the competition.

“Creed” filmmaker Ryan Coogler has been tapped to helm the forthcoming superhero movie, it was confirmed Monday.

“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said producer Kevin 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.”

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Previously “Selma” director Ava DuVernay was under consideration, but she walked away during negotiations due to creative differences. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she explained to Essence in July. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”

Coogler’s “Creed” revived the Rocky franchise to great success after its debut in November.

“Black Panther” will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, which tells the story of an African warrior-prince who fights evil using his martial arts skills, indestructible claws and energy-absorbing body armor. The movie is expected to debut in 2018.