Chadwick, Black Panther*Marvel’sBlack Panther” is set for a 2018 release but the hunt continues for the movie’s director – preferably a black one. Marvel has been taking meetings for months with various black filmmakers to helm the project, including Ava DuVernay, F. Gary Gray and most recently, “Creed” director Ryan Coogler.

Coogler explained to ScreenRant that race is an important factor, as it can help the filmmaker channel a unique perspective.

“Yeah, I think it’s important. Perspective is so important in art. That’s not to say that you can’t work outside yourself,” he explained. “When I was coming up, I made movies about things that were close to me; I made movies about things that weren’t close to me. But I definitely think that it helps when you are close to a subject.”

He added:

“Like, I was an athlete for most of my life before I was a filmmaker. And that helped to inform me when writing this [Creed] script, when directing. Having had those types of experiences helped me inform this process. A lot of times with great movies, you find some part of the filmmaker’s life informing what they were doing.”

Black PantherDo you think the race of the director is an important factor?

Anthony Mackie certainly doesn’t believe so – viewing the director’s race as a non-factor.

“I don’t think it’s important at all. As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit! The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice,” he stressed.

Fans received a preview of Black Panther last week when the trailer for “Captain America: Civil War” premiered during “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Actor Chadwick Boseman plays the fictional superhero in the highly anticipated action-thriller, which hits theaters May 6, 2016.

Check out the trailer below.