Captain America: Civil War had the difficult task of not only capping off a trilogy, but also introducing two new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). While both proved to be a hit among fans, it’s hard to deny that most left the theaters with even more anticipation regarding the upcoming Black Panther solo film, a movie fans have been eagerly awaiting for quite some time now.
With that film set to enter production in early 2017, Marvel has been steadily adding to the cast of director Ryan Coogler‘s upcoming film, managing to lure in talent such as Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan. While Marvel has yet to officially announce the casting of either Nyong’o or Jordan, and the trades haven’t been able to verify what roles they’d be playing, it’s still exciting to hear about the progress being made as we inch closer to production. Of course, as excited as we all may be, no one is as excited as Coogler. Coming off of two critically acclaimed films – both of which starred Jordan – Coogler is finding himself at the helm of not only a big budget comic book film for the first time, but an important one at that. Still, the director can’t help but to be excited to work on the film. As he recently told the folks over at Fast Company, he’s “obsessed” with the character and story they’re setting out to tell with Black Panther.
It’s a specific challenge. What Marvel’s doing, and what you see a lot of studios doing now that Marvel has done it so successfully, is making content that exists in a particular universe, where the characters tie in and crossover, and I think that’s a great creative challenge to me—to make this movie as personal as possible. It’s going to be my most personal movie to date, which is crazy to say, but it’s completely the case. I’m obsessed with this character and this story right now, and I think it’s going to be very unique and still fit into the overall narrative that they’re establishing.
If you’re not familiar with Coogler’s work, I’d suggest you check out not only Creed, but also Fruitvale Station, two films that prove Coogler is a remarkable force behind the camera. And with him not only directing Black Panther, but also co-writing it alongside Joe Robert Cole, it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat.
Black Panther, which will star Chadwick Boseman, is set to hit movie theaters on Feb. 2nd, 2018.