Coogler Calls "Black Panther" A "Personal" Project

Wed, January 13th, 2016 at 8:58am PST | Updated: January 13th, 2016 at 8:59am

Brett White, Assistant Editor

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Now that "Creed" director Ryan Coogler has been confirmed as the director for Marvel's "Black Panther," details about the film and his take on it have started to emerge. When asked by HeyUGuys if he would come at "Black Panther" with the same level of personal connection on display in "Creed," the director replied, "absolutely, that's definitely the plan."

The director, whose previous films include "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station," also spoke to his history with comic books and excitement about taking on a Marvel movie. “I’m excited," said Coogler. "I grew up very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something that I’m this passionate about again.”

Coogler said that pre-production on "Black Panther" begins "soon, right now." Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther in "Captain America: Civil War"; fans have already gotten to see the character in live-action courtesy of the film's trailers.

"Captain America: Civil War" opens on May 6; "Black Panther" arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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