Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 11.07.44 AMRumors be damned. It’s official and the news came from the horses’ mouth. By horse, we mean Marvel has confirmed that Ryan Coogler is set to direct the upcoming Black Panther film.

The movie will hit theaters on February 16, 2018 and will follow Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther debut in the upcoming Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in theaters May 6.

“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said producer Kevin Feige.  “The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct ‘Black Panther.’  Many fans have waited a long time to see ‘Black Panther’ in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.”


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