‘Creed’s’ Ryan Coogler to Direct ‘Black Panther’ for Marvel, Disney

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According to The Wrap, “Creed” director Ryan Coogler is in negotiations to direct “Black Panther” for Marvel and Disney. Marvel declined to comment.  Chadwick Boseman is set to star as T’Challa, the titular superhero from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, where parts of “Black Panther” will take place. The character will first be introduced in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Should a deal close, Coogler would be another inspired hire by Marvel and Disney, which have been emphasizing diversity both in front of and behind the camera, most recently hiring Stephany Folsom to write “Thor: Ragnarok.”  Joe Robert Cole will write “Black Panther,” and while it’s unclear whether Coogler will have an official screenplay credit, he’ll likely work with Cole and Marvel executives to hone one cohesive vision for the film, which is an important entry in the Marvel Comic Universe.

Coogler had been rumored for the coveted “Black Panther” gig for weeks but talks were believed to have cooled. However, with “Creed” scoring a knockout with critics and audiences alike, Marvel re-approached the director and both sides are now eager to close a deal.