Since the character’s first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, a lot of us have been pretty excited about the solo Black Panther movie. Over the weekend Marvel released the first teaser trailer for the film, and I was unaware it was possible to get more hyped for this movie.
There’s a lot going on in this trailer, but it still manages to explain the basics to the uninitiated – the notoriously isolationist nation of Wakanda has been hiding itself off from the world, and bad guys are making a play for its wealth. Lots of fighting with Black Panther himself along with the Dora Milaje. It’s just neat.
Black Panther is one of the more interesting films coming from Marvel over the next few years, with the character (played by Chadwick Boseman) first appearing in this spring’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War. We’ve known for a while who was writing the film, and we’ve also seen the release date move — but the director of the project has been an open question.
Marvel has announced that Ryan Coogler has been tapped to direct Black Panther. Coogler is best known to audiences as the director of Creed, the recent spinoff of the Rocky franchise which saw critical acclaim (and won Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe). He only has a couple of films under his belt, but the ones he’s done are pretty solid.
Black Panther is currently scheduled for a February 16, 2018 release.
This last summer’s Ant-Man may not have been the blockbuster hit that some of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been, but it was still a pretty good (and profitable) film. Frankly, having a lighter, more comedic film sandwiched between the darker Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War was a brilliant move. Although Ant-Man had probably the most complicated journey to the screen (as it predated the shared universe in its development), it paid off.
Marvel’s roadmap has been pretty set over the next several years though, so fans wanting a sequel didn’t have much to hope for. Well, that is until Marvel made an announcement earlier today.
A sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp is now on the way, with a release date of July 6, 2018. It’ll be Marvel’s first film with a woman superhero in the title, even if she’s getting second billing.
Of course, this means there will be some scheduling changes to Phase 3. Black Panther is moving up to February 16, 2018, with Captain Marvel (which previously was going to be the first woman headlining film) pushed back to March 8, 2019. It’s a little disappointing that Carol Danvers’s big screen debut will be pushed back, but at least it’ll be because another woman character is getting the spotlight.
We don’t know who’s returning for the film, but it’s assumed Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles.
One of the more interesting films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the upcoming Black Panther film. While the character will be introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, he will be the first MCU hero of color to headline a solo flick.
Marvel studios wants to make sure they do the character justice, and over the last few days rumors have been swirling regarding who will direct the project and who will write the script. While Marvel may have director F. Gary Gray on its shortlist, he may end up busy doing a different project instead. While the director’s chair may still be up in the air, we do now know who will be penning the script.
It’s now being reported that Joe Robert Cole has been tapped to write the script for Black Panther. Cole’s previously wrote and directed 2011’s Amber Lake, and he’s an interesting (and pretty solid) choice for the task. As Cole is also black, it’s clear that Marvel is aiming for an African American creative team to run the project, which is, y’know, a good thing.
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