Wakandan chief of the Panther Tribe, husband to the X-Men’s Storm, and Avenger; Black Panther, is a busy man, so it is no surprise he is getting his own movie. While Marvel has made it public that Chadwick Boseman, actor in Fringe, Castle, and Captain America: Civil War, would be playing Black Panther, it was a mystery as to who would be directing the film.
Recently Marvel announced that Ryan Coogler, director of Creed, Fruitvale Station, and The Sculptor, would be man in charge. For his most recent film, Creed, Coogler won the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Award for best Director and got a Golden Globe for Sylvester Stallone for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
According Marvel, producer Kevin Feige said “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.”
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Black Panther has been a part of Marvel’s history for fifty years now. He first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 (1966), where T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther, invites The Fantastic Four to his technologically advanced country of Wakanda. T’Challa sets the superhero team against traps, Wakandan guards, and eventually himself.
While it may seem Black Panther was going to be a villain, he reveals that he was only testing the might of the Fantastic Four before asking them for help. We are excited to see where the movie takes this longtime hero when it comes to theaters February 16, 2018. Until then we will just have to enjoy his upcoming appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
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