Marvel hasn’t had the easiest time finding the right director for Black Panther, their upcoming superhero movie. The were originally in talks with Ava DuVernay (Selma) who eventually passed. They later set their sights on F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) who also passed, choosing instead to direct Fast & Furious 8. Now, it seems like Marvel has zeroed in on their latest candidate: Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coo
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Amid all the fuss yesterday over the director shortlist for Furious 8 was a tiny news item you might have missed: Marvel was reportedly considering F. Gary Gray to direct Black Panther, but with the Straight Outta Compton director emerging as the top pick for Furious 8, that’s probably not happening. But we do have some legit Black Panther-related news, as Marvel has tapped one of their in-house writers for scripting duties.
It’s been a few months since the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Marvel isn’t done providing us with new materials from the film. The blockbuster sequel is hitting DVD and Blu-ray in a little over a month, but you can check out a clips from one of the bonus features right now — as well as a little Black Panther easter egg you might have missed the first time around.
Spider-Man isn’t the only character making his (rebooted) debut in Captain America: Civil War. Lest you forget, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther will be putting in an appearance ahead of his own solo movie. Last year’s promotional photo from Marvel gave us a sneak peek at the character’s appearance, but a new spy photo from the set gives us a better idea of what Boseman’s superhero will look like.
We’d previously heard early rumors that a major player will die in Captain America: Civil War (a rumor we won’t repeat here) — you can’t really have a Civil War without major stakes, so that’s not terribly surprising. Today’s latest rumor suggests that at least one other Marvel character will perish in the upcoming film, which pits Captain America against Iron Man and forces the Avengers to choose a side.
Well this is kind of a bummer. It’s been reported for some time that Marvel was considering Selma director Ava DuVernay to helm their Black Panther film (other reports suggested they were also considering her for Captain Marvel). DuVernay herself recently added to the speculation with a tweet referencing the superhero, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that he had met with the director and would have an announcement by the end of July.
With press for Ant-Man in full swing, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been dropping a lot of hints about the future of the MCU. In addition to clueing us in to Marvel and Sony’s plans for their Spider-Man reboot, Feige is also opening up about Black Panther, who will make his on-screen debut in Captain America: Civil War. But what is the new hero’s role in the upcoming film, exactly?
If you were hanging around the internet for even a few minutes the other day, then you undoubtedly saw reports that Selma director Ava DuVernay had been officially hired by Marvel to helm Black Panther. Those reports were unsubstantiated and unconfirmed by Marvel — little more than a rumor that was reported without a source to back it up. But at least one related report has now been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige himself.
So far, the lineup for Captain America: Civil War makes the film seem more like Avengers 2.5 than another installment in the Cap franchise — not that that’s a bad thing. The film features Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Falcon and so many more, including Chadwick Boseman, who will make his first big screen appearance as Black Panther. But how exactly does Marvel’s new hero fit into the upcoming battle between Cap and Iron Man? We might know. Kind of.
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