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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Actor Says Ryan Coogler Is The Elon Musk Of Filmmaking

“I would do any movie with Ryan Coogler again, hell, even for free!” That’s the impact Ryan Coogler has on his cast and crew members while he goes on to create memorable films, thus fueling the rise of black cinema.

While Black Panther is about a week away from its release and garnering all the attention as per the early reactions go, its 2018 prequel, Black Panther, still remains one of the greatest movies Marvel Studios has ever produced. But, credit where it’s due, it was Ryan Coogler’s spectacular direction that helped the movie soar to new heights.

A billion dollars at the box office, an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and an authentic attempt at cinematic world-building to introduce a new superhero in the form of Blank Panther; Coogler pulled it off with utmost diligence for the project and his passion for filmmaking. And now, he’s gearing up to do that all over again with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

It’s reminiscent of Coogler’s work in the industry. He’s been a part of both critically acclaimed and financially successful film ventures. Even before the age of 37, he directed/produced titles like Fruitvale Station, Judas, and the Black Messiah, Creed, Black Panther, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. For the past five years, Ryan Coogler’s films have been the lifeblood and fuel of black cinema.

As his latest directorial venture is getting close to its worldwide release, curiosity for the storylines and characters is increasing among the fans rapidly.

We reached out to actor Jarell Pyro Johnson, who is appearing as a Jabari Warrior in the Black Panther sequel, to get his insights on how actually Ryan Coogler takes on his projects on the set and how his dedication influences the cast and crew involved.

Ultimately the actor gave us a lot to wrap our heads around about his director’s secret ingredients to create cinematic masterpieces consistently. Read the full interview here.

We have all seen interviews of people sharing their first moment in a Marvel set. How was the experience for you?

“To be honest, the experience on a Marvel (MCU) set is nothing less than breathtaking and just simply MARVELous. Everyone that I met on set felt like family. It’s hard to explain how connected everyone was. Aside from the obvious actors, one of the most impactful people I had the pleasure to meet was the late great Dorothy Steel (May God rest her soul). She gave me grandma vibes from day one until the last day I was able to talk with her. She gave me so much wisdom and advice that I had never received on any job I had done in my entire life. She will truly be missed.

Furthermore, the next person I loved working with was Ryan Coogler. I mean, what a great individual and human being. All I can remember is him saying to me you know what I’m saying in a very low, monotone voice, like every moment on set. Like it’s so hard to explain how passionate he is. He is an Elon Musk Level genius when it comes to filmmaking. I would do any movie with him again, hell, even for free. Also, that includes working with Don (Donald Sparks). He gave me such a great opportunity that I can not share yet. But just an amazing group of people. I wish I could name them all, but I can’t.”

At this point, it’s almost impossible to imagine another individual taking on the director’s seat for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever other than Ryan Coogler.

From the start, Coogler was deeply invested in the Black Panther project. Back in 2015-16, when the production for Black Panther began, Coogler made the Marvel Studio agree to bring his own collaborators from his previous film ventures like Creed and Fruitvale Station.

Amidst Marvel Studios’ traditional practices of putting the same production designers, cinematographers, and composers, Coogler’s attempt to explore his creativity with utmost freedom gave Marvel its first-ever entry to the Oscars.

Consequently, each one of Coogler’s collaborators got nominated at the Oscars, with production designer Hanna Beachler, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, and composer Ludwig Goransson winning in their respective categories. Coogler’s efforts to co-write the film made sure he explored the important themes related to Black Panther and Wakanda as portrayed in the comics. His active analysis in fully grasping the narrative that the franchise demanded has earned him the trust of Marvel Studios, and this is why no other director could replace him for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and future installments.

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Actor Pyro Johnson’s claims of Coogler being the “Elon Musk of filmmaking” do seem true to a great extent. The director shares some character attributes with tech-mogul Elon Musk.

The Ability To Go The Extra Mile

Musk is known to be an actionable figure rather than just a billionaire who would sit on his wealth and do nothing but preach. He goes on to add value to whatever projects he takes on with utmost dedication. Similarly, Coogler also put a lot of emphasis on bringing authenticity to the center to make the production design seem natural. He actually traveled to Africa on a research trip and came back with a compelling story.

Not Taking No For An Answer

Even though Musk initially got rejected by NASA for fueling his outer-space ventures, he went on to create SpaceX with everything he had. All while breaking the traditional spoiled billionaire stereotype. Coogler, just like Musk, never backed down when the odds were not in his favor.

When lead actor Chadwick Boseman passed away during the sequel’s filming, it was Coogler’s perseverance that gave Marvel enough confidence to not recast another actor and stick to reworking the script with whatever was left to deal with. As a result, we have the most emotional and powerful MCU film after Avengers: Endgame staring right back at us.

Taking Charge Like A Real Leader

Elon Musk’s excellent leadership skills are known to everyone out there. It surely is nothing to sleep on. Coogler has held every cast and crew member together in tough times. He took his responsibility wholeheartedly to finish the sequel with the same intensity as Black Panther was once created. His genius in crafting cinematic masterpieces where every emotion is put forth with the same force and how he just understands the spirit behind every project is remarkable.

Even his peers in Hollywood have talked about his undying passion for filmmaking on various occasions. Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri talked in an interview about how Ryan gave 2-years to perfect the script and how he involved every cast member in exploring the characters of those who were close to T’Challa to help bring their true emotions onto the screen. His collaborative process gets talked about greatly by the artists he has worked with in the past. Even the late Chadwick Boseman was highly impressed by Coogler’s direction skills during the 2018s Black Panther.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is all set to release on November 11, 2022.

What are your thoughts on the new Black Panther movie? Do you think Ryan Coogler is the Elon Musk of filmmaking? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and visit averagebeing.com for Marvel updates.


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