With a most impressive score of 100% on RottenTomatoes, Black Panther is set to be Marvel’s next big smash. With a very powerful debut film in Fruitvale Station and a worthy entry into the Rocky franchise in 2015’s Creed in his portfolio, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler now has a superhero film under his belt.
But how did he get the gig? Coogler recently spoke with ComicBook.com and explained how he ended up with the job of bringing the character’s solo film to the screen. Interestingly enough, it’s not like most other Marvel Studios directing jobs, where they pitch to the studios and cross their fingers:
“It’s weird because it wasn’t a pitch as much as I got a call from Nate Moore, who produced on [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] and [Captain America: Civil War]. He was kind of [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige]’s right hand on all he projects and I got a call from him. He had been shepherding the film along at the studio for a number of years now. So I got a call from him, talked to him about what they were trying to do, trying to figure out how the studio worked because I didn’t really know how they worked intimately. I was curious.”
The next step was meeting the big wigs of Marvel, including Kevin Feige:
“Met Kevin, met [Louis D’Esposito], met [Victoria Alonso] eventually. I heard what they were thinking. They had been thinking about the project on their own and saying, ‘We’ve been thinking this and thinking that. We thought this was interesting and that was interesting.'”
“I sat with that, and I had to process. I watched Civil War which hadn’t been out yet. I had to process what I would do and I came back to them and I talked to them. I thought that I wanted to make it but only if I got to explore this certain things.”
Coogler has now more than proven himself as both a writer and director. He has shown that he can tell great stories, while also proving that he can handle the pressure that comes with big profile films, such as Black Panther. I hope that it is only a matter of time before we see him working in a galaxy far, far, away.
Black Panther claws its way into theaters February 16.
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