After months of speculation regarding who would direct Black Panther, one of Marvel Studios’ most important films set for Phase Three, they finally made it official when they confirmed that the job had gone to Creed writer/director, Ryan Coogler. That same night, as Marvel finally confirmed his involvement, Coogler was in the UK for the premiere of Creed, along with Michael B. Jordan, who stars in the film. (If you have yet to see Creed, now would be a good time to do so.) While there to promote the film, IGN UK took a moment to ask Coogler about the project and what it was like to land the gig.
Of course, with Black Panther still a long way out, there wasn’t much that the film-maker could say other than he was excited, and thrilled to make a film that held a lot of significance for him. But, much like with his interview with Hey U Guys below, you can clearly see just how excited he is as he talks about the project.
“Oh it’s exciting man, it’s so exciting,” he enthused. “I think even more-so than it being a Marvel movie is that it’s a story that has a lot of meaning and significance to me as a filmmaker, as an artist, and as a film fan. It’s really exciting to be able to do something that’s this unique.”
IGN also managed to get a few thoughts out of Jordan, who has worked with Coogler and both Fuitvale Station and Creed, about the news that Coogler would next be helping to bring Black Panther to the big screen.
“Oh man I’m super excited,” he exclaimed. “I’m a big comic book guy, and Black Panther is a character that’s so interesting – T’Challa’s amazing, Chadwick Boseman’s a really amazing actor, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do together.”
Jordan also went to talk about how he’s excited to see a “grounded” superhero story, and how he believes Coogler will find a way to tell a grounded story, while still existing within this “larger than life” universe that Marvel has created on the big screen.
“I think what he brings to all films is a sense of humanity and groundedness to it,” he replied. “I think these Marvel films are so larger than life that I think it’s kind of cool to get a grounded superhero version of that. Of course with all the larger-than-life elements Marvel will be Marvel, especially with the Black Panther being involved with Civil War, Captain America and that whole kind of thing, I mean I don’t know that much about it, but there’s so much real estate to play with and Ryan I’m pretty sure will find a nice way to tie it all together.”
Black Panther is set to hit movie theaters on February 16th, 2018.
Sources: Hey U Guys and IGN.