Everyone on the edge of your seats, now! Marvel‘s making a decision about a new upcoming movie! Eight years and twelve critical and commercial hits later, will they make a good creative decision for the film? Well, look at that! It appears as though, once again, Marvel has made a great decision for one of their properties. After months and months of rumors, Ryan Coogler has finally been confirmed as the director of Black Panther. Coogler is not only a great decision; he’s clearly the very best decision for this film.
Coogler is coming off of his first two films, Fruitvale Station and Creed, which is a spin-off of the Rocky film series and focuses on Apollo Creed’s son. Both films did well commercially and have received almost universal critical praise. Fruitvale Station won a bunch of awards and Creed seems primed to win even more. If you want a fresh, young, talented, successful director right now, Coogler should be at the top of the list.
Not only that, but Marvel is finally delivering a film with a black lead, directed by a black director. What’s the big deal about having someone intimately acquainted with a culture at the helm of a film about that culture? Glad you asked. Coogler has what is perhaps the best answer ever given to that question:
“I think that there is a potential for a greater truth when a filmmaker comes from a particular culture that they’re dealing with. That’s not to say that a filmmaker can’t work outside his or her cultural space. But I do believe that the opportunity for the film to have more nuance will come when you looking at filmmakers that bring a little bit of that from their personal experience.
That’s why I think folks are opinionated about it. But if I was in a position where I’m making a movie about the first woman superhero that’s ever going to get released all over the world, I would do everything in my power to find a woman to direct that movie out of the simple fact that I think it will give you a cultural perspective. I don’t think that’s wrong of a studio to do. I think it’s actually responsible. It’s responsible because it’s their job to make the truest, best film.”
Make no mistake, every one of Marvel’s twelve white male led movies have been great, but after eight years and the building of a film empire, fans are more than ready for some diversity. Arguably, Marvel’s best television offerings have been the female led Agent Carter and Jessica Jones. With Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Luke Cage all on the horizon, hopefully Marvel will continue to provide more representations of diversity for their very diverse fanbase.
Chadwick Boseman, who played James Brown in Get On Up, will make his debut as Black Panther in May’s Captain America: Civil War. After that, fans will have to wait until 2018 to see him star in his own film, which will finally introduce fans to the technologically-superior, fictional African country of Wakanda. It is also expected that Andy Serkis‘ character Ulysses Klaue, who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron and has an extensive history with Black Panther in the comics, will return for the movie. Time to start marking off a two year calendar.
What do you think about Coogler as Black Panther‘s director? What do you hope to see in this film?