Sacramento State Grad Ryan Coogler to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

creed cropLOS ANGELES (AP) —Sacramento State graduate Ryan Coogler is set to direct Marvel and Disney’s “Black Panther” movie, the studio announced on Monday.

There was much speculation surrounding who would take on the directing job. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay passed on the film earlier this year. Coogler was another favorite choice among fans.

The 29-year-old director gained widespread recognition for his Sundance breakout “Fruitvale Station.” This year, he has been making waves with “Creed,” a continuation of the Rocky Balboa franchise focused on Apollo Creed’s son.

Chadwick Boseman has already been cast as the lead character, who will make his first appearance in May’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

The “Black Panther” film, set for a release in February 2018, marks the first time a major Marvel Studios film will focus primarily on a Black superhero.

Coogler will be the first Black director to take the helm of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.