Black Panther: Ryan Coogler On Working With The Russos
As one of the first film companies to focus on building cinematic universes, it’s easy to see why movies from Marvel Studios are so tightly knit together. While these films do lose some value in terms of self-containment, there’s no denying that Marvel has dominated the cinematic universe competition. Black Panther is the latest installment in the billion-dollar franchise, spinning out of the events of Captain America: Civil War, so it makes sense to know that Ryan Coogler worked with The Russo Brothers.
During an interview with Cinemablend, Coogler mentions talking quite a bit with Anthony and Joe Russo, though also compliments Marvel for making that communication easy. There are executives on each project who make sure the continuity flows, according to the Creed director.
“We would talk quite a bit. And I think that Marvel has kind of developed an incredible way of working where they have executives on each project who communicate with each other, who keep it going. So the Russos and I, or Taika [Waititi], anybody, doesn't have to constantly be in [contact] with each other. We could still make our own movies.”
Although constant communication isn’t a priority, Coogler did enjoy the conversations he had with The Russos and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. He mentions how supportive the other directors are, which is always nice to hear. Unsurprisingly, Coogler is thankful to The Russos for casting the charismatic Chadwick Boseman for the role of Black Panther.
“That said, the communication process there is really like a family. I felt incredibly supported by Taika, by Joe and Anthony, and all those guys - [Captain Marvel directors] Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, they are in the offices now. I see all those guys and talk to them. So you feel supported, and Anthony and Joe, they did me the greatest... they threw me the greatest alley-oop by casting Chadwick [Boseman], and John Kani, and Florence Kasumba. I inherited these great actors from those guys, and was able to build around them. So I'll forever be grateful for that.”
Black Panther comes out this week on February 16.