Ryan Coogler To Direct ‘Black Panther’

Ryan Coogler is on fire! The Oakland film director and writer is two for two with the success of Fruitvale Station and his Rocky sequel, Creed.

Now, Coogler has been named as director of Marvel’s highly-anticipated Black Panther film starring Chadwick Boseman.

Here’s the scoop via Marvel:

“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.”

Coogler wrote and directed his first award-winning feature film, “Fruitvale Station,” in 2013.

Most recently he directed the critically-acclaimed “Creed,” which earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Black Panther has been an important character in the Marvel universe for 50 years.

He is the king of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, and Panther has served as a member of the Avengers in addition to his many solo adventures.

This is major! Congrats to Ryan.