After making his live-action debut in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel have confirmed Ryan Coogler, the talented storyteller who wrote and directed Creed (2015), will be directing Black Panther's first solo expedition.
In a statement released by the entertainment group, producer Kevin Feige said:
“The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice.
"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.”
The eagle eyed amongst you can see a quick glimpse of the character in the Civil War trailer below:
A Young Visionary
At just 29-year-old, Coogler is one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. His first feature, Fruitvale Station (2013), won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
However, it was his reinvention of the Rocky franchise that truly put the director on the map. Creed (2015) was a critical and box office success, and won Sylvester Stallone his first Golden Globe for Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa.
Black Panther will provide a new challenge for Coogler. Set for release in 2018, it will be the characters first solo outing, featuring Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 2014) as the lead.
Boseman has signed a five movie deal with Marvel to play T'Challa. We've already seen an explosive glimpse of him in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, and in addition to that he'll feature in The Avengers: Infinity War - Parts 1 & 2, and possibly a sequel to Black Panther.
The Heart Shaped Herb
Although Coogler's movie will be the first cinematic focus on the character, he has had a prominent role in Marvel over the past 50 years. Historically, he was the first black superhero in mainstream comics, making his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52.
Originating from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, Black Panther is highly skilled in combat, and his physical attributes are superhuman thanks to ingesting a Heart Shaped Herb. That's on top of being one of the brightest intellectuals in the Marvel Universe. Basically, he's badass.
'Black Panther' is due for release on 16th February 2018.