Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, is among the top 10 highest grossing films in cinematic history worldwide. It currently stands just $9 million away from taking the number 9 spot away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi with absolutely no signs of slowing down.
With that insane level of success, you can probably guess that the executives at both Marvel Studios and Disney are looking to keep the same formula for the franchise as a whole when it’s all said and done. With Chadwick Boseman reprising the role of King T’Challa of Wakanda for the third time in Avengers: Infinity War, it is safe to assume that the actor has signed a long-term, multi-film contract with the studio.
The same, however, cannot be said about the film’s director.
Ryan Coogler, who at just 31 years old, has an incredible track record with groundbreaking films like Creed and Fruitvale Station under his belt. He is, understandably, a hot commodity and, during an interview to hype Avengers: Infinity War, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige spoke about his desire to get the director back for a sequel in the near future.
“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4, which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”
The shroud of mystery that lingers over the entire MCU is one that is both exciting and frustrating to Marvel fans but a giant gasp of relief can be breathed as Feige and company are in agreement with fans that Coogler is the man to helm this franchise in the way James Gunn is creating the Guardians of the Galaxy films as both the writer and the director.
In addition to the news that Marvel is looking to get Coogler on board with the film, Feige reveleaed that they had always planned on Black Panther being the smash blockbuster that it turned out to be. In fact, the only way plans would have strayed from its original course is if the film was not the smash hit it is.
“The success of Panther is so amazing and makes us happy for so many reasons, and it certainly exceeded our lofty expectations. But our expectations were always lofty, so we had built a plan, not the least of which was centering so much of Infinity War in those locations and with some of those characters, that [its success] just says, ‘Let’s stick to this plan.’ It would have bee much more disruptive if it had not worked. Then we would have had to change a lot of what we were thinking about, but it really just solidifies and excites us to continue to move forward in the directions we’re heading in.”
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