Yesha Callahan

It’s Official! Ryan Coogler Will Direct Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ With ‘Majority Black Cast’

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We may be in the last few hours of 2015, but the good news just keeps coming for filmmaker Ryan Coogler.

While our hearts were broken when we found out Ava DuVernay wouldn’t be at the helm of Marvel’s first Black superhero film, we’re super excited to know Black Panther will be in Coogler’s capable hands.

In a recent interview, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the Creed director will lead one of the comic book world’s most anticipated projects, Black Panther. 

T’Challa, or Black Panther, hails from the fictional Wakanda kingdom in Africa and became the first Black superhero to debut in a mainstream comic book when it hit stores in the 1960s.

Chadwick Boseman has been cast as the lead character and Feige told Empire Magazine the film will have a “majority Black cast” and will showcase T’Challa’s culture.

“Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore,” he explained.

Black Panther has been slated for a July 2018 release, and we cannot wait to see what Coogler does with the film.

  1. December 31, 2015 - Reply

    This is awesome. I hope this director will make casting choices reflective of the setting, which is a fictional sub-saharan country. I wanna see the Lupitas, Danais, Teyonnas, and Yayas, but we’ll probably end up with a bunch of Zoe Saldanas. *Cautiously optimistic*

    • December 31, 2015 - Reply

      @PurpNGold1

      Girl, I thought exactly the same when I saw it’s a Black male director.

      • January 1, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        At least there won’t be any fuckery with the black character like in the new Star Wars movie, they kept hyping Lupita in the film and all she is is some stupid alien. I knew it was too good to be true. It’s got her voice.

        • January 2, 2016 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          smh i didn’t know that. I never understood all the Star Wars hype, anyway. Oh well, voiceover work in a film franchise like that is still great for Lupita, hopefully in her next big role we will actually see her talent on screen.

          • January 2, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            Yes I thought we would see her face not some creature. I feel this brother will create will rounded characters. We need to create our own art and tell our stories the way they need to be told.

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @PurpNGold1

      That is my fear as well….I want to see talented, dynamic, beautiful black women in all their shades and hues; not just the “acceptable” black woman with a white parent sitting in the audience. Let us hope.

    • January 2, 2016 - Reply

      @PurpNGold1

      Hate to be negative but I’m not holding my breath.

  2. December 31, 2015 - Reply

    I cannot wait till the trailers come out and white peoples heads explode on how “racist” it is. I’m also hoping he does it justice and does not light skin it out out like Hollywood does all the time. Please not many black people get that far to direct something major. I hope you do it justice for a ll the black women and men who will be living their childhood through these characters.

  3. December 31, 2015 - Reply

    i am looking forward to this movie. it sounds exciting.

  4. December 31, 2015 - Reply

    I wish for the film to be excellent. I want Ryan Coogler to knock it out of the ball park. African culture is so diverse and beautiful. This is important and it shows that black culture is not only great, but it is the essence of profound creativity. We realize how racist and bigoted Hollywood is. That is why I do encourage Brothers and Sisters to go outside of the box, change the game, never back down, and to represent the power of Blackness. Such a film will influence the minds and the thinking of a lot of people. I hope that the film does the comic justice and does our black community justice too. We are black people and the film should reflect the essence of our black humanity.

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      I trust Ryan Coogler, I really do. If you read his interviews, he truly sounds like an enlightened, conscious young man. If he is not already, I would encourage him to study and become familiar with the fascinating history of black, African kingdoms; including the kingdoms of Mali, Songhai, Benin, Kongo, Kanem-Bornu, Ghana, Gedi, Kush, Nubia, Zimbabwe, and EGYPT (contrary to what white Hollywood would have us believe). There are many more but I think all of the aforementioned will give enough of a foundation.

      I am a Marvel Comics aficionado so I am BEYOND excited but, I am also cautious.

      • January 1, 2016 - Reply

        @Genuinesol

        You have made many great points. Yes, we want our people to experience great success. As you have stated fully, African history is beautiful, fascinating, and exciting. There are ancient civilizations filled with power, architectural wonders, and precise organization from Zimbabwe to Nubia. Decades ago, black men and black women fought against European colonialism to develop the African independence movement. South Africans and black people of the African Diaspora worked together to fight to end apartheid in South Africa. Today, many black Africans are helping their families, building technology, and making other real contributions in the Motherland. We are keeping our fingers crossed and we want the project to be massively successful.

      • January 1, 2016 - Reply

        @Genuinesol

        Also,

        Have a Great Weekend.

      • January 2, 2016 - Reply

        @Genuinesol

        Thank you for your post I wil be studying the kingdoms of Africa for my own enrichment. I am studying about the kingdom of Mali and Songhai. I just learned who Mansa Musa and Sundiata. And I am enjoying it.

      • January 2, 2016 - Reply

        @Genuinesol

        Great Post.

  5. December 31, 2015 - Reply

    Black Panther ( T’Challa) is my boo lol. I also love that Wakanda is like the richest place in the Marvel universe. And Off topic this director is a cutie. Carry on…

    And I hope we’ll see ( a different actress please) Storm because they dated in the comic. I wanna see some Black love especially since they had Luke Cage sell out.

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @Staci Elle

      Storm won’t be in it…20th Centery Fox owns the movie rights to all X-Men

      • January 1, 2016 - Reply

        @Nick Peters

        aww 🙁 thanks fr the info

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @Staci Elle

      Actually, Luke Cage, assuming you are referring to his depiction in Jessica Jones, was shown to be dating (or just sleeping with) many black women. Did you notice the photos Jessica had of him and different black women? The main woman he was seeing prior to Jessica was a black woman. Disappointingly, they made Reva biracial and Rosario Dawnson is biracial (I think her father is actually “mulatto”) even though she proudly declares herself as an Afro-Latina and to me, her features are more leaning towards what I guess most people would consider “African” (I know that sounds ignorant).

      Also, we have Misty Knight making her debut played by the gorgeous, chocolate complexion Simone Missick and Luke looks to be pairing with Rosario’s character, Claire. Luke’s pairing with Jessica is in alignment with the comics. They even have a child together.

      • January 1, 2016 - Reply

        @Genuinesol

        Yeah I know that they are married and have a child in the comic doesnt mean I have to like it though. I watched Jessica jones but I was always a power man fan.

        • January 1, 2016 - Reply

          @Staci Elle

          I would much rather a Luke Cage/Misty Knight pairing myself.

          • January 1, 2016 - Reply

            @Genuinesol

            agreed.

  6. January 1, 2016 - Reply

    Happy for him personally but I reserve my enthusiasm as I fully expect the “African ” women of Wakanda to magically somehow be biracial or brown paper bag passing .(maybe they will surprise me )
    As I have said before if AA man had directed 12 yrs a slave the role of Patsy would have gone to Paula Patton or Mariah Carey and we wouldn’t know who Lupita was
    Previously the character Storm that is an African Princess in the source material was given to not one but two biracial women , Halle Berry and A. Shipp (of Aaliyah debacle )
    The directors couldn’t even use the best person for the role card as from what I’ve seen neither woman had the gravitas to play Storm so much so that Halles Scenes were pretty much all cut from the last movie

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @blogdiz

      I understand your fears. What is more, I share them. Has anyone considered tweeting our concerns to Ryan Coogler? We are in the Age of Social Media and most celebrities, believe it or not, admit to checking their own Twitter feed even when they are advised against doing so. Maybe you should consider tweeting your concerns. I know I am, it may or may not make a difference but it will not hurt anything either.

  7. January 1, 2016 - Reply

    Kudos to this brother

  8. January 1, 2016 - Reply

    I believe this will be a great production, although I remain slightly skeptical on casting. The Hollywood elites have not been appreciative of black cinema in the past.

  9. January 2, 2016 - Reply

    I am not into comic books but i will make an exception with this and make an effort to check out the Black Panther comics.

  10. January 2, 2016 - Reply

    I like Chadwick Boseman as an actor so I am willing to go see the film and support it.

  11. January 3, 2016 - Reply

    Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan have every role on lock.

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