You know what the Court of Nerds favorite part of last night's College Football National Championship Game was?
No, it wasn't them good ole boys beating them other good ole boys from the south, but the timely announcement of Ryan Coogler being announced as the director of Marvel's "Black Panther" flick:
The movie won't hit screens until Feb. 16, 2018, but that doesn't mean this home run of a hire shouldn't be celebrated with premature and explosive excitement.
Coogler wrote and directed the critically acclaimed “Fruitvale Station,” the also critically-acclaimed “Creed,” which earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Also, Coogler is the reason so many of us nerdlings still love Michael B. Jordan.
Here's a snippet of our group chat when we started talking about getting Cooged:
Droo: RYAN COOGLER IS DIRECTING BLACK PANTHER YOU GUYS. IT'S GOING TO OFFICIALLY BE THE NEW GREATEST MARVEL MOVIE.
Gregg: The last time I went to a bar, I was hit on by a Cougar named Ryanne. Does that count?
Grant: Thrilled - a true auteur playing in the Marvel sandbox may lead to one of the best Super Hero movies of all time. Think Winter Soldier meets the Dark Knight. Bosewick and Coogler are awards-caliber.
Jon: Our age 29 year old up and coming black male director directing established black male lead roll in the first black actor super hero roll ( cat woman doesn't count ) I don't see a problem at all should be good
Droo: I had some asshat ask me "What's a Ryan Coogler" and instantly decided that person no longer needs to be my friend. Coogler directing Black Panther is BIGGER than when they handed Christopher Nolan the Batman franchise.
Here's the difference: Pre-Bat Nolan made 1 incredible film and 2 kinda okish films. Coogler has made 2 of the best fucking movies I have ever seen in 2 totally different genres.
And yes, Creed is THAT good. COOGLER DIRECTED A MOVIE THAT MADE SLY STALLONE AN OSCAR FAVORITE IN 2016.
Emily: Cooger reaction: I don't know who that is, but it's not Bay and I'm happy.
For those who don't know anything about Black Panther, here's Marvel's press release with a helpful little graf:
"Black Panther has been an important character in the Marvel universe for 50 years. He is the king of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, and Panther has served as a member of the Avengers in addition to his many solo adventures."