Although many scoffed at the idea of a seventh Rocky film when it was first announced, writer/director Ryan Coogler has thrown a haymaker at the naysayers with Creed. In the second week of its release, the film has been a critical knockout and doing strong steady business at the box office. And with Coogler’s star on the rise, Marvel Studios is suddenly interested in having the director oversee their upcoming Black Panther superhero film.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the studio and the director are currently in negotiations to have him helm the film which be the first solo film featuring a black superhero in the studio’s interconnected comic book-adaption franchise.
Coogler had met with the studio earlier in the fall, but talks fell through. Now, though, that Coogler’s career has heated up, Marvel is definitely interested in having him in charge of Black Panther.
Although the Black Panther movies isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until November 3, 2017, moviegoers will be introduced to the character in next April’s Captain America: Civil War. Played by Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther is actually T’Challa, prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, which appeared in last May’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.