10 Things You Need To Know About Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” Danai Gurira (Okoye) on set with Director Ryan Coogler. Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios 2018

The “Black Panther” movie tore through box office expectations last weekend “with a pair of vibranium claws,” earning at least $370.8 million worldwide, and that’s expected to climb on Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday, Disney is projecting.

The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, “should be able to make whatever he wants at any studio he wants, and his agents should be making absolutely sure his payment is commensurate with his abilities and box office performance,” BuzzFeed reported.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Ryan Coogler.

Coogler’s net worth

There’s no clear answer about this. It depends who you ask. Coogler’s net worth is $10 million, according to an undated Celebrity Net Worth report. The Los Angeles-based website claims to have its numbers thoroughly researched, scrutinized and fact-checked by its team of writers and financial analysts.

AlphaLife puts Coogler’s net worth at $4 million in 2018 — the same as it was in 2017.

Coogler started his college journey intending to study chemistry on a football scholarship

Coogler attended Saint Mary’s College of California. His English professor, Rosemary Graham, talked him out of chemistry, encouraging him to pursue a career in screenwriting. He told the LA Times what happened in a July 2013 interview:

“I was really into football, and I liked chemistry. I figured if football didn’t work, I could go to medical school. I got a football scholarship to St. Mary’s College. They made us take this creative writing class taught by Rosemary Graham. She said: “I want you all to write about your most emotionally intense experience; I want to check out your writing.” She also said something about football being a barbaric sport, and we got into a little argument.

“I turned in the assignment and was hanging out in my dorm room, and I got a call from her. ‘I want you to come to my office.’ I thought I was in trouble for what I’d written, so I was a little nervous. Actually, I was really nervous. I went to her office, and she says, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ I thought, ‘Oh, now I’m in all kinds of trouble.’

I said I wanted to be a doctor. She got my assignment and said: ‘This is really visual; that’s rare to be able to do that. You should think about becoming a writer instead of a doctor.’ She said: ‘Maybe you could even go to Hollywood and write screenplays.’”

Coogler watched movies and TV with his parents a lot

His dad took him to “Malcolm X” and “Boyz n the Hood” when he was 5 or 6. “I was crying in the theater for Malcolm X,” he told LA Times. “My dad likes sports movies, and we watched all the ‘Rocky’ movies. My mom liked Scorsese movies, and I watched with her. And ‘The Twilight Zone’ — I watched that with my parents all the time. I’ve seen every episode. When I got to film school, I bought them all on DVD.”

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Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” Danai Gurira (Okoye) on set with Director Ryan Coogler. Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios 2018