The MCU: Black Panther Gets Solid Director
Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios and Disney machinery have just pulled another win for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). They’ve inked Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler. Both films are critically acclaimed with the latter actually propelling Sylvester Stallone to a Golden Globe nomination. An impressive feat given Stallone’s action-packed resume. This is awesome news for those who are growing tired of Cap, Stark, and Thor and are longing for more of the newer heroes from Ant-Man & Wasp, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now Black Panther.
It wasn’t a secret that Coogler was highly sought after to helm Black Panther. Regardless of what Marvel Studios and Disney are saying, it definitely was important for them to hire a Black director for this film. Hopefully, the Richmond-raised Coogler can infuse some freshness to the MCU. The character will be revealed in Captain America: Civil War on the side of Team Stark and was thought to be a replacement for Spider-Man in this adaptation of this famous comic story arc. Wakanda has already been referenced as the home of Vibranium, the strongest metal on Earth, in last year’s epic Avengers: Age of Ultron. A setup of comic (and comedic) villain Ulysses Klaw, portrayed by mo-cap extraordinaire Andy Serkis, and his fear of cuttlefish are most likely part of the project as well.
Whatever the case may be, here’s hoping that Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler deliver a solid and innovative piece of story-telling to keep the epic and “non-rebootable” MCU moving along.
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