Director Ryan Coogler seems to have had quite a journey from getting his independent film "Fruitvale Station," a decent release, to becoming the director of a Marvel Studio superhero film, "Black Panther."
During a recent interview, Coogler -- who tasted success with last year's "Rocky" spinoff movie "Creed" -- talked about how he plans to make "Black Panther" his most personal movie to date, while making sure it fits seamlessly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"It's a specific challenge," Coogler told Fast Company. "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 meâ€”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."
Elaborating on his love for comic books and how the studio seems to be doing a great job of adapting the source material for the films, Coogler added:
"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."
Starring Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, the film is slated to release on Feb, 16, 2018.