The meteoric rise of Ryan Coogler is hard to wrap your head around. Though the man only has eight directing credits on IMDB, he is already in position to become the greatest action director of his generation if he wants to. Black Panther and Creed contrast sharply, yet both represent heights of cinematic achievement in their particular subgenre. Coogler has shown he can do gritty realism as well as he can do Afrofuturism. He can do masculine intimacy as readily as he can do world-shaking stakes. Characters like Erik Killmonger from Black Panther show that Coogler has a keen ability to retain the kind of deep humanity he presented in his first feature effort, Fruitvale Station, even as his budgets inflate to blockbuster levels.