When Chadwick Boseman was brought out during the Phase 3 event Marvel Studios held in California a couple of years back, fans were thrilled to know that we’d finally see Black Panther join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the character would be played by a fantastic actor. The excitement over the character’s debut only continued to grow overtime as we got a better look at his costume in Captain America: Civil War, as well as news that Creed writer & director Ryan Coogler would be directing the character’s first solo film. Prior to Coogler’s hiring, it was announced that Joe Robert Cole, who had actually worked on an Inhumans screenplay for Marvel previously, would be penning the script for the upcoming feature. Cole’s resume isn’t very long, as he’d only written (and directed) Amber Lake prior to his hiring. With such a limited resume, fans weren’t entirely sure on what to expect from Cole’s work on the screenplay, but now, thanks to Kevin Feige, we know that Cole won’t be scripting the film himself. During a recent interview with the folks over at Collider, Feige confirmed that Ryan Coogler would be co-writing the film.
“Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”
Not only has Coogler proven to be a fantastic director, but he’s also proven to be a talented writer. So the news that Coogler will be joining Cole to work on the screenplay is fantastic.
As for casting news? Feige confirms we can begin to hear a few announcements over the next few months as the film is set to enter production in early 2017. (Marvel typically enters production a year prior to a film’s release, so this isn’t surprising.) With Heroic Hollywood having reported that the studio was currently casting four major female roles, it’s more than likely we’ll hear news even sooner.
Black Panther is set to hit movie theaters on February 16th, 2018.