Over the years, Marvel Studios has often been viewed as a machine where directors don’t have a ton of say. And of course, most would have been right as that was a common complaint in the Perlmutter days. (Look at the drama surrounding Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World, for example.) However, since the Marvel Creative Committee disbanded and Perlmutter moved to Marvel Television, the feel surrounding Marvel Studios has changed significantly. Not only has Marvel Studios been making a greater push for diversity, they’ve also been bringing in a truly unique group of talent for their upcoming titles. One of the biggest talents they’ve brought in is none other than Ryan Coogler, the man behind films such as Creed and Fruitvale Station.
Coogler is set to go behind the cameras on Black Panther in January, and thus far, he has already assembled a rather impressive cast with Chadwick Boseman in the lead, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Given the impressive amount of talent he’s already gathered in front of the camera, it isn’t surprising to see that his team behind the camera is shaping up to be just as fantastic. Thanks to a CBM writer with a good eye, we now know that Coogler has brought in Rachel Morrison to work as the Director of Photography on Black Panther. Morrison and Coogler have previously worked together on Fruitvale Station.
She is, sadly, the first female Director of Photography brought in on a Marvel Studios film (so far), however, given Coogler’s previous comments on the importance of female voices in film, I’d like to believe she won’t be the only female talent he brings in on this project.
With only a few months to go before Black Panther officially enters production, we can expect to learn more about the team Marvel and Coogler are assembling both in front and behind the cameras. Black Panther is set to hit movie theaters on February 2nd, 2018.