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15th Feb 2018

Director Ryan Coogler on how he solved Marvel’s villain problem

Rory Cashin

Black Panther could arguably have the best Marvel movie villain to date.

Can you name three great Marvel movie villains? Loki, sure. Red Skull, yep. Then we start getting into arguable territory. Ultron? Meh. The Winter Soldier? Not really… Whiplash? You must be joking.

Thankfully, Black Panther doesn’t have that problem, as director Ryan Coogler cast his good friend Michael B. Jordan in the role of lead bad-guy Killmonger.

We’ve put our full review here, and the film folk at JOE and Her discuss their favourite superhero movies in The Big Reviewski episode below, from 22:30 onwards:

Jordan has previously worked with Coogler on his other two cinematic outings – Fruitvale Station and Creed, both of which were brilliant – but he brings a twisted intensity to the role in Black Panther, playing a villain with enough shading and layers to make him very effective and properly memorable.

We had the opportunity to sit down with him in the lead-up to the release of Black Panther, and we chatted about getting the villain right, as well as how easy (or difficult?) it is for a director to inject a bit of their own style and personality into a machine as well-oiled as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Check out the interview in full right here:

We also chatted to Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis about their roles in the movie, which you watch if you follow the link right here.

Black Panther is in Irish cinemas right now, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the official trailer below:

Clip via Marvel Entertainment