Following the release of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, the studio's Phase Two is now complete, and fans are starting to eagerly await Phase Three. This nine-movie phase gets kicked off next summer with Captain America: Civil War, which will showcase the new Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, for the first time. Black Panther is also getting his own stand alone Phase Three movie, set for release on July 6, 2018, which doesn't have a director in place quite yet. While promoting the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, filmmaker F. Gary Gray was asked about rumors that he is being considered to direct Black Panther. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"I would love to direct a superhero movie. We'll see what happens, man. If it's right, I'm there."
It isn't known if F. Gary Gray has even met with anyone at Marvel yet, but if he has, this won't be the first time he has dealt with the studio. The director was in the running to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he eventually dropped out to make Straight Outta Compton. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo went on to make Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and they are now currently filming Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel was previously considering Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay (Selma), but the filmmaker revealed last month that she had backed out of directing the superhero movie because she didn't see eye-to-eye with the studio in regards to the story. Mark Bailey is writing the screenplay, but no story details have been confirmed just yet. Fans who saw Avengers: Age of Ultron know there are a number of references to Black Panther and his home country of Wakanda in that movie, which could be setting up this new superhero movie.
Andy Serkis portrayed Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron in a brief but memorable scene that introduces us to this character. In the comics, he is a main adversary of Black Panther, and while it hasn't been confirmed that he will come aboard for the Black Panther movie, it certainly seems likely. It has also been rumored that Chadwick Boseman's T'challa will be hunting down The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in Captain America: Civil War, but we'll have to wait and see how that movie sets up Black Panther even further.
F. Gary Gray's other directing credits include Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, A Man Apart, The Italian Job, Be Cool and Law Abiding Citizen. Do you think he would be a good fit to direct Black Panther? Chime in with your thoughts, and take a look at the director's video interview below, with the Black Panther talk coming at the 3:33 mark.