Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige knows what to say when talking the future of the MCU, something he proves once again in the most recent Avengers: Infinity War issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Feige was asked a bit about everything during the spotlight feature, because let’s be honest, there’s HOW MANY films still on the slate for this phase of the universe alone? Needless to say, it’s a lot of ground to cover, so we’re going to break up the piece into parts, because it’ll make more sense that way.
We’ll start with one of the big things that’s on everyone’s mind, Black Panther and the subsequent sequel:
Entertainment Weekly: After Black Panther’s runaway success, you have to be feeling good about having so much Wakanda in Infinity War.
Kevin Feige: That’s the grand Marvel Studios/MCU tradition of just being all in, right? All in on stuff we believe in, before the audience tells us what they think. You’ve heard us talk ad nauseam about the fact that we were in production on Avengers before either Thor or Captain America was released. Same thing with the whole third act of Infinity War being in Wakanda.
EW: What role does Wakanda play going forward? It seems like kind of a new anchor point for the MCU. Can we expect a lot of the action and future stories to be connected there?
Feige: Anchor point is a good way of [describing] it, particularly as some of our other anchor points, Asgard for instance, are gone.
EW: What can you tell us about plans for a Black Panther sequel?
Feige: 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.
EW: You opened Black Panther with a prologue set in 1992. I wondered if we might expect more hero stories to be set in that time period going forward?
Feige: I would say no. I mean, in terms of Captain Marvel and a young T’Chaka in ’92, no. That’s not where we’re headed. But we would talk about the ancestral plane sequence [in Black Panther] where, towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father, where he’s like, “Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it.” There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, “I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.” It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time.
EW: Usually, we get three stand-alone movies for a single hero, then some team-ups. But is there potential in Black Panther beyond that? I see people saying, “I want a Dora Milaje movie. I would like a Shuri movie.” Do you see more potential there, or do you think you’ll stick with that kind of three-act structure that you’ve followed in the past?
Feige: I think there’s lots of potential. It’s a balance between leaving people wanting more and then giving them too much, but I would watch a movie about any of those characters you just named. I think Shuri’s astounding, and you’ll see much more of her in our universe. Okoye, I think I’d watch three action films just Okoye. I’m not saying we’re doing that, but I’m saying that we’re intrigued by them. Frankly, as I’ve said before, finishing these first 22 movies is really all we’re thinking about at this point.
Not really anything ‘new’ persey, but it’s nice to know the plans are in process to continue the Wakandan chronicles. Make sure to pick up your copy of EW’s Infinity War issue on newsstands now.
- Fox-Owned Marvel Characters Will Not Appear in MCU til Long After Fox Deal Is Done, Kevin Feige Says
- Kevin Feige Says "Immediate Potential" For a Nova Marvel Movie
- Disneyland Getting Marvel Area, Bug's Life Area Is Closing
- Captain Marvel: Is Nick Fury Going Full Skrull?
- Mash 'Ems and Hatch 'Ems Invade Shelves Just in Time for Easter
- Black Panther Hits $1 Billion at Global Box Office
- This Steamboat Willie LEGO Ideas Set Needs to Become a Reality
- Part 5: Kevin Feige on Everything MCU in New Entertainment Weekly
- Part 4: Kevin Feige on Everything MCU in New Entertainment Weekly
- Part 3: Kevin Feige on Everything MCU in New Entertainment Weekly
- Part 2: Kevin Feige on Everything MCU in New Entertainment Weekly
- Transformers: The Original Animated Series Soundtrack Hits Vinyl Today!
- How Avengers: Infinity War is the Beginning of an End
- 8 New Epic Pictures from Avengers: Infinity War
- Check Out the 15 EW Covers for Avengers: Infinity War
- Marvel to Rename Deadliest of the Species to Shuri: Deadliest of the Species (Cover UPDATE)
- Target Already Has Black Panther Blu-Ray Listed; So Does Best Buy
- From Iron Man to Black Panther: Marvel Studios' True Superhero, Casting
- Let's Talk About the Women of Black Panther, the Strength and Heart of Wakanda
- The Best Viewing Order of the MCU Ahead of Avengers: Infinity War
- ‘The Basis Of Sex’ Star Felicity Jones Compares Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Rocky Balboa - April 25, 2018
- Fallen Kingdom Has More Practical Dinos Than Previous Jurassic Park Sequels - April 25, 2018
- Universal Shows Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Opening Scene During CinemaCon - April 25, 2018
- George R. R. Martin WILL Be Publishing in 2018- But Not The Thing We Want - April 25, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk Thanos and Death - April 25, 2018