Coming off the success of “Creed,” filmmaker Ryan Coogler has opted to dip his toe into the Marvel Studios universe with “Black Panther”. So far the casting choices for the movie have been excellent, but even so there’s various fans of his previous work who are worried that being a part of the Marvel machine will grind up the style, smarts and edge that made his previous two films so great.
That’s not the case says Coogler. In an interview with Fast Company, Coogler says his film will be “his most personal movie yet” and the challenge of what’s to come with the movie:
“It’s a specific challenge. What Marvel’s doing, and what you see a lot of studios doing now that Marvel has done it so successfully, is making content that exists in a particular universe, where the characters tie in and crossover, and I think that’s a great creative challenge to me – to make this movie as personal as possible. It’s going to be my most personal movie to date, which is crazy to say, but it’s completely the case.
I’m obsessed with this character and this story right now, and I think it’s going to be very unique and still fit into the overall narrative that they’re establishing. I grew up as a comic book fan, and the same things used to happen in the comic books. You’d have Wolverine’s books, and they’d be so much darker and more brutal than the X-Men books, but they’d still fit in when you open the pages of the X-Men book. It’s new to movies, but it’s not new to storytelling.”
Chadwick Boseman has already scored acclaim for his performance as the character who first appeared in this month’s “Captain America: Civil War”. The solo “Black Panther” film, which also stars Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, is currently targeting a January start of production ahead of a February 16th 2018 release.