Creed might be one of the best movies of 2015 and the director is one of the reasons why. Ryan Coogler is not even thirty years old and he has churned out two of the most quality films in the last five years. Fruitvale Station is in fact an underrated masterpiece. Being able to tell a story through such emotional hardships and being respectful and honest to a true story like that takes a special set of skills that even Liam Neeson would clap at. If these rumors come to life, “Black Panther” will be in some exceptionally good hands.
For awhile now, Marvel felt it would make sense – which is sort of does when you think about it – to get a black director to helm their Black Panther film. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel’s film universe felt it made the most sense to get a proper perspective on such an important and equally diverse character like T’Challa aka Black Panther. What Coogler has shown through his muse – Michael B. Jordan – is that he can bring a black character to life without falling to the ridiculous stereotypes or making them cliches of what they really are.
Coogler has made his case through these three films to absolutely be a great choice for him and might end up being the best choice for the film if the other runner ups we’ve heard rumors about – Ava Duvernay, F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua – and these are directors whose resumes include Selma (Duvernay), Straight Outta Compton (Gray), and Training Day (Fuqua). Hopefully Coogler can break out even more, but I also pray he doesn’t get limited by his involvement with such a large property because he is too talented, as are the rest of these directors, to be limited to one genre.