Written By: Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes
A film literally 10 years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War is set to reshape the entire comic book movie genre as it brings together characters from across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to battle their most feared villain yet, Thanos. As phase three draws to a close, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has begun making media rounds, discussing the gigantic sequel as well as the future of the MCU.
In an exclusive interview with EW, Feige spoke specifically about the future of Black Panther, where confirmed that following Infinity War’s sequel, fans can expect to see Wakanda’s protector again in his own solo film:
“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”
Black Panther has become one of Marvel’s greatest success stories, boasting a superb diverse cast, incredible action and terrific writing. The film has grossed almost a billion dollars and so, a sequel was inevitable.
Following this, the conversation turned towards Disney’s acquisition of Fox, which, should it be approved, will have the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties back under Marvel’s roof. On the topic of when work will begin on those films, Feige had this to say:
“No. It’s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3. These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and we’re told, “Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,” is when we’ll actually start thinking about it. I will say just the notion of having what, frankly, most other companies with [intellectual property] have all along, which is access to all of their characters, that would be fun.”
The $52.4 billion acquisition could reportedly take months to be fully approved, so while Fox continues to make more X-Men films in the mean time, Feige and Marvel have occupied themselves with a highly anticipated origin film as well as several sequels. Once the deal goes through, expect to see several announcements from Disney regarding if and how the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be integrated into the always-growing MCU.
Do you want to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the MCU? What do you want to see in a Black Panther sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!
Avengers: Infinity War flies into theatres on April 27, 2018