This is fantastic news. Coogler is coming off of one of the best films of the year (yes, Creed is that good) and has had an amazing trajectory starting with a modestly low budget debut (Fruitvale Station), a mid-budget sequel to a beloved franchise (Creed), and will now jump headfirst into the blockbuster arena.
What’s doubly exciting is that Coogler doesn’t seem like a gun-for-hire kind of filmmaker. His previous two films are incredibly personal and are anything but fluff; Coogler is a filmmaker who wants to use movies to reach people and get them talking about the world they live in. I sincerely doubt he’d be jumping into Black Panther if he didn’t have something he really wanted to say with the character.
Plus, Creed demonstrates that he has a talented eye for staging tense and enthralling action. If he could manage that with just two boxers in a ring, imagine what he’ll bring to the super-powered shenanigans of T’Challa!
I’m betting that we’ll hear some news about Coogler getting a pass at the script, or at least I hope that’s the case. His scripts for Fruitvale Station and Creed (co-written by Aaron Covington) are page-turners even before they made it to the screen, and it’d be a shame for him not to apply his excellent writing skills to Black Panther.
Get excited, folks. Black Panther is shaping up to be my most anticipated Marvel movie yet.