Any respectable giant action-fantasy blockbuster features at least one thrilling chase scene. The chase scene is more than just a hallmark of the action genre: it’s an ever-developing battleground for action films to strut their stuff. Whose action movie had the most ridiculously over-the-top stunts? Whose had the most cars? (In both cases, the answer is probably the recent Fast and Furious movies).
Marvel Studios, being the reigning monarch of blockbuster filmmaking, is a player in this game as well. And they’ve got their sights set on South Korea as the setting for what may be one of their biggest chases yet.
Variety reported that Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is set to shoot an enormous chase scene in Busan, South Korea. The city, which is known for a film festival, invited Black Panther second unit director Darrin Prescott to pitch Busan as the potential location.
It will apparently feature “150 cars and more than 700 people,” according to local production company Mr. Romance Film, which also handled the Korean production of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Netflix series Sense 8.
Marvel has been getting better and better at picking directors for their franchise. Phase Two saw several strokes of genius: the selection of Joe and Anthony Russo (sitcom veterans from Arrested Development and Community) as the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as the pick of James Gunn (indie director of Slither and Super) as director of Guardians of the Galaxy.
They’re keeping up the steam with Phase Three (which we’re currently in). Late 2017 will see the release of Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi. Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows, a vampire mockumentary, is one of the best comedies in years, and his Hunt for the Wilderpeople received critical acclaim after its Sundance premiere last year.
But Ryan Coogler is the best pick of all. After directing the awards-showered Fruitvale Station, he took on the Rocky legacyquel Creed, which focused on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis. Both films starred Michael B. Jordan, and both demonstrated Coogler’s sharp knack for sensitive, dramatic storytelling.
Ryan Coogler is only the tip of the iceberg, though, when it comes to talent involved in Black Panther. It features one of the most stacked casts in recent memory: Chadwick Boseman (who debuted as T’Challa, AKA Black Panther, in last year’s Captain America: Civil War), Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman are just some of the names.
This film is shaping up to be something truly special: Coogler’s smart, sensitive writing and direction, a super-talented cast, and a giant South Korean car chase to boot? Tragically, we’ve got a full year until its release date.
Black Panther opens on February 16, 2018.