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Who Should Direct Marvel's Black Panther? by @MykeDSOM

Who Should Direct Marvel's Black Panther? by @MykeDSOM

As you know there has been a lot of buzz for one of Marvel's most anticipated films in the next 2-3 years, Black Panther. I couldn't believe it was actually announced at Comic-Con and is now apart of Phase 3, with a few production stills, concept art, easter eggs in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and a great glimpse of Black Panther in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, I have no doubt Marvel will give the people what they want, but the question is who should direct it? Marvel has announced several date push backs from 2017 to now 2018, that's bad and good because on the bad part we have to wait another year but it's also good because they want to make it right, and I believe that's why Marvel is aiming at the heavy hitters for the direction, so here is my top candidates to direct Marvel's Black Panther.

The Hughes Brothers - Would the Hughes Brothers be a good choice, yes I think so, even though they don't have too many movies on their resume, the one that stands out to me now The Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington. Classics like Dead Presidents and Menace II Society will forever be in the history vault, but what separates The Book Of Eli from those two is that it's a post-apocalyptic movie of a blind man named Eli who carries the King James Bible with him seeking to carry hope for humanity's redemption. The action sequences and the cinematography is visually amazing and is very underrated, I have no idea why the Hughes Brothers haven't directed anything else (besides Broken City which only Allen Hughes did) but I hope they get a shot at Black Panther or something else great down the line.

Antoine Fuqua - The man behind the great Training Day and underrated Brooklyn's Finest, Fuqua's latest work has been The Equalizer and the boxing project Southpaw which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, with the upcoming Magnificent Seven which starts shooting sometime next year, maybe after we'll see him behind the camera for Black Panther, Fuqua's "big break" could be BP so we'll see.

Spike Lee - Lee is a film legend, with classics like Do The Right Thing, the powerful Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Crooklyn, He Got Game and Inside Man etc. Why wouldn't Marvel consider Lee, with the upcoming film Chiraq (which seems like a passion project for Lee) I don't think Spike will take it on but you never know, he could make something wonderful and I definitely wouldn't mind it.

Ryan Coogler - Ryan is now discussions to direct Black Panther and I hope he gets the job because I was definitely blown away after seeing Creed. Let's not forget, Ryan has also directed Fruitvale Station which also deserved some award recognition. Ryan doesn't have any films lined up now so it's very possible we'll see him in Wakanda.

F. Gary Gray - Last but not least my personal favorite, after his directorial success with Straight Outta Compton, the rumor floated around that Gray was on board to direct BP, and then weeks later he signs on to do Fast 8. Gray has a great resume in film also, from the classic Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, Italian Job, Be Cool, and Law Abiding Citizen. I personally want Gray to accept the job and see how he approaches it, I mean he was on the list to helm Captain America: The Winter Soldier so obviously Marvel seen the greatness in him. With Fast 8 dropping in 2017 and Panther in 2018 it's possible he could do both but it would be tons of work.

Any of these 5 or more black directors could make a really good Black Panther movie, it's also interesting know that Denzel Washington has been in 3/5 of the people on this list movies, maybe Marvel will cast him as T'Challa's father T'Chaka, which would be an extraordinary choice. If not 1 of these guys, who do you think should take on Marvel's king?

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