Marvel Studios Wants Ryan Coogler to Return For Black Panther 2

Oscar Cross
February 16, 2018

We had the opportunity to sit down with him in the lead-up to the release of Black Panther, and we chatted about getting the villain right, as well as how easy (or hard?) it is for a director to inject a bit of their own style and personality into a machine as well-oiled as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Somehow, I'm both simultaneously excited about and exhausted of all things Black Panther.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has made a revolutionary superhero film - perhaps, argues BBC Culture film critic Nicholas Barber, the most radical Hollywood blockbuster ever.

The story revolves around new King T'Challa/Black Panther (Boseman) who returns to his reclusive, technologically advanced African country of Wakanda after the events in Captain America: Civil War to serve as its new leader and how he faces the challenges. A sort of mishmash of traditional African cultures given an Afrofuturist bent, it's so far removed from the worlds we associate with superhero movies that it nearly singlehandedly makes everything that's rote and repetitive about the story Black Panther tells feel new again. If you walk out of the theater this weekend and find yourself wanting more, here are five comic book runs to tide you over until you can get your next cinematic Black Panther fix.

Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman

Isn't it great when a superhero movie surprises you for the better, by exercising some welcome restraint?

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Domestically, "Black Panther" will launch in previews on Thursday night before debuting across 4,020 locations. At this point, though, I care more about the spectacle of the film than I do about the film itself.

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