Check out what Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has to say about being a comic book fan and making Marvel’s movie. This video was recorded at the European Premiere for the movie in Hammersmith, London.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler insight

Writer-director Ryan Coogler is known for his intimate character-driven style. It drew attention in the indie film world in 2013 with his drama Fruitvale Station, which starred Michal B Jordan. Ryan’s follow-up film Creed. This also had Michael B Jordan as well as Sylvester Stallone. As a result he gained a reputation as a filmmaker who excelled with challenging and multi-layered material.

Black Panther - Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan
Black Panther – Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) and T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) ©Marvel Studios 2018, photo by Matt Kennedy

Ryan’s work impressed Black Panther Producer Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios’ team. In addition Ryan was self-avowed fan boy and longtime Black Panther comic fan which also helped!

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler also worked on the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole.

Ryan says that Black Panther’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War was “a great jumping off point”. In addition, “I would say that Cap’s universe and Black Panther’s universe are closely related”.

Black Panther - Danai Gurira and Director Ryan Coogler
Black Panther – Danai Gurira (Okoye) on set with Director Ryan Coogler ©Marvel Studios 2018, photo by Matt Kennedy

“So audiences have already met somebody who’s from Wakanda but they haven’t been there. So we’re going to drop them right off at ground zero in this film. And they will have more understanding about how and why T’Challa did the things he did in Civil War, and why he moved the way he moved,” comments Ryan.

Black Panther - Director Ryan Coogler and and Andy Serkis
Black Panther – Director (Ryan Coogler) and Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue) on set ©Marvel Studios 2018, photo by Matt Kennedy