After this initial report, the trades have started commenting on the possibilities. The Wrap has now confirmed that Coogler is in fact in talks.

You can read the original report below.

This past week has given us plenty of new information on the character of Black Panther in the MCU. He graced the cover of EW and then we got a close-up look at the vibranium suit.

Chadwick Boseman has been officially attached to the role for over a year now and will debut in Captain America: Civil War. After his important role in that movie, he will hold his own in a solo movie, Black Panther, that will be the first movie in the MCU with a lead character of color.

Behind the camera, it appears they could also be hiring their first African-American director. Birth.Movies.Death is reporting that breakout director Ryan Coogler is currently in talks for the gig.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because he was reported as the top contender earlier this year, but that same rumor later debunked from its original source.

Coogler is the man behind Fruitvale Station and this year’s Rocky spin-off, Creed. Both are truly great films, and his addition would make me incredibly excited for the movie. Should the deal pan out (once again he is in talks, not signed on), he and Boseman would be great building blocks for the movie.

Black Panther, which will be written by Joe Robert Cole, is scheduled to hit theaters during Black History Month on February 16, 2018.

Source: Birth.Movies.Death.