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In terms of new character debuts in pre-established movies, they didn’t come much smoother than when Chadwick Boseman took to the screen in Captain America: Civil War. Between Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man they quite nearly upstaged with the two main characters, including the titular hero of the piece. So now that we know that Black Panther is ready for his own solo debut, the question must be asked, which characters will support this new hero in his self-titled adventure? And just like that, the internet answers with what looks like a leaked casting sheet for the main parts needing recruitment in the upcoming Black Panther(more…)

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One of the true breakout characters from Captain America: Civil War was Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman completely nailed that character, and King T’Challa had one of the best character arcs during the entertaining film. As a result, general interest in Black Panther has increased exponentially. We already know that Marvel has a planned Black Panther solo film coming in 2018, and now casting is ramping up for the film. Creed director Ryan Coogler has already been confirmed as the director for the film. Yesterday it was announced that 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to join as a possible love interest for the film. The cast continues to grow and so far these are great choices. (more…)

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Given his recent success with Creed, and creating a brand new story out of a long-running franchise, Ryan Coogler would be a very good choice to lead Marvel Studios‘ upcoming adaptation of Black Panther. That’s been the rumor the last couple of weeks anyway that Coogler was being courted by the studio to take the helm of the movie based on the African superhero, the only real name to be mentioned as director since last year when Selma director Ava DuVernay passed on the project. Today though, it’s more than rumor. Marvel Studios has confirmed that when Black Panther takes to the big screen in 2018, it will be Coogler behind the camera. (more…)

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With Creed passing the magic $100 million mark at the domestic box office and picking up multiple award nominations, MGM CEO Gary Barber has stated that there is now, “…no doubt  that we are making a Creed 2. Sylvester Stallone, who of course reprised his most famous  role of Rocky Balboa for the film, has gone one step further and dropped some ideas he and  director Ryan Coogler may have had on the direction Creed 2 could go: (more…)

Ryan Coogler Confirmed as ‘Black Panther’ Director

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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.

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Word is making the Internet rounds that Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is in talks to take the director’s chair for Marvel’s Black Panther. There have been a number of well-known, successful directors in talks with Marvel about Black Panther, but Ava DuVernay (Selma) turned down the job due to creative control issues and F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) went on to take the Furious 8 job that took him out of the Black Panther running. Either would have made a fine choice, but perhaps Coogler is an even better choice. (more…)

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There are a number of ways you can read Creed as a movie. First of all there’s the cynical view that movie producers were looking for a way to capitalize on a vaunted Hollywood name – in this case, Rocky – in order to make box office money without really trying. Then there’s the view that Ryan Coogler and his Fruitvale Station collaborator Michael B. Jordan were trying to create a simple story about testing the limits of one’s capability and family legacy out of the whole cloth of Rocky’s history. But there’s also a third reading of Creed, what if it’s a movie about filmmakers trying to use the comfort of nostalgia and familiarity to deconstruct the Rocky mythos. (more…)

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With a movie like Black Panther, Marvel obviously wants to make sure that they “get it right.”  The film is expected to be a major tentpole for the overall plot arch of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and just as importantly, this is a key opportunity for the company to show their dedicated interest to diversity in their major characters.  It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve heard several names bandied about to direct the film; the latest rumor is that Marvel has now officially landed on their man.

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