Superhero fatigue is a genuine concern as filmmakers keep adapting comic book characters to the big screen. Thankfully, some directors are ready to use that to create a experience, which is what Ryan Coogler is seeking to do with Marvel's upcoming Black Panther.
"There have been a lot of superhero movies made," he told Fandango. "As a comic book and superhero film fan myself, I feel like we've seen a lot at this point. I think that the cultural element of [Black Panther] -- and how cultural specificity takes such a big role in the film – that’s what makes it quite unique. I'm excited to see more [superhero movies], but there hasn't really been a film about a character like T'Challa before. Hopefully we can pull it off, but it has the potential to be something that's really unique in a lot of different ways. I think that you can't ignore the idea of representation and also the excitement around Marvel Studios and the work that they've been able to pull off when telling original and unique stories. I think that folks are excited to see what the studio is able to cook up."
While there's no doubt Black Panther will have the action set pieces fans expect from Marvel Studios films, it seems Coogler is using the cultural uniqueness of the character as the background.
When asked about the genre Black Panther fits into, Coogler described it as an "espionage thriller," inspired by classic James Bond films. The movie also has an entire album produced by Kendrick Lamar to further separate it from its Marvel Cinematic Universe brethren. superhero films of 2018.
Debuting Feb. 16, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.