It's official, Marvelites: Ryan Coogler will step up to direct Marvel's Black Panther, in theaters February 16, 2018! Chadwick Boseman will star in Black Panther after debuting as the character in the upcoming Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, in theaters May 6. Here's what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had to say about the filmmaker in a statement.

"We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family. The talents Ryan Coogler 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."

Coogler wrote and directed his first award-winning feature film, Fruitvale Station in 2013. Most recently he directed the critically-acclaimed Creed, which earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. It isn't known when production will begin on Black Panther quite yet.

Black Panther has been an important character in the Marvel universe for 50 years. He is the king of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, and Panther has served as a member of the Avengers in addition to his many solo adventures. Fans recently got their first look at Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther in the first trailer for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which debuted back in November.

Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake) recently signed on to write the screenplay for Black Panther, which will debut just a few months before Marvel's highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War Part I hits theaters on May 4, 2018. There have also been rumors that the studio is seeking Ernie Hudson to play T'Challa's father T'Chaka in Black Panther, but that has not yet been confirmed. What do you think about Ryan Coogler officially signing on to direct Black Panther?