Marvel Studios announced today that Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct Black Panther.

“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.”

Coogler wrote and directed his first feature film Fruitvale Station and recently directed the critically acclaimed continuation of the Rocky Saga, Creed

Chadwick Boseman is set to star in the movie as T’Challa (Black Panther) with his first appearance as the character in Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther will hit theater’s on February 16th, 2018.

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