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Marvel has finally confirmed a rumour that has been circling for a while, announcing that Ryan Coogler will helm the standalone Black Panther movie. The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, is set to hit theaters on February 18th, 2018.
Coogler first made waves in 2013 with his feature length debut, Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan. Last year he reunited with Jordan to make the Rocky universe spin-off, Creed, telling the story of Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, played by Jordan. The film was a huge success, making over a 100 million worldwide on a modest 35 million dollar budget. At the Golden Globe awards, the film also landed Sylvester Stallone his first Golden Globe for his performance as Rocky Balboa.
Creed’s financial and critical success made Coogler a sought after director in Hollywood, as such it is not surprising that Marvel has locked him down as director for their Black Panther movie. The downside of this announcement is that Coogler will likely be unable to return as director for the possible Creed sequel. However, considering his affection for working for Michael B. Jordan, we may see the versatile actor joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity.