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It’s often said that good things come in threes. For young Black film director Ryan Coogler, that just might be more accurate than it’s ever been.

The 29-year-old director has been responsible for putting out certified gold in recent years, with Fruitvale Station in 2013 and the Michael B. Jordan-starring Rocky spin-off CREED this past Thanksgiving. Now, Coogler may be behind the helm of what may be the biggest project in his young career thus far.

The Verge is reporting that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed in a recent interview with EMPIRE Magazine, that Ryan Coogler will direct the much-awaited Black Panther film. The news is very reassuring given that the last person who was going to possibly direct T’Challa’s story – Ava DuVernay – left behind big shoes to fill.

“This one is important,” Feige said of the Black Panther movie. “Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore… it will focus on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda and what it means to be a king.”

The Black Panther character will also allegedly figure heavily into Marvel’s upcoming Infinity War 1 & 2 films, following his debut next Spring in Captain America: Civil War. But most telling of all, is the fact that Feige admitted the Black Panther film will be the first from Marvel to feature “a majority Black cast.”

It’ll be interesting to see how that all plays out, given that the Black Panther movie won’t arrive for another two years – February 2018, to be exact – but with Coogler directing Chadwick Boseman, the expectations are certainly high.

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