Marvel cinematic universe: Kevin Feige on Black Panther, Dr. Strange and female superheroes

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Busy week of news coming out of the Marvel as Thor: The Dark World is about to be released in just two and a half weeks. Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige has been in the news lately talking about the future of the Marvel cinematic universe after Ant-Man.

During an interview with BlackTreeTV, Kevin Feige addressed if there would be a film made about Marvel’s first mainstream black superhero, Black Panther. His answer? “It’s absolutely in development. And when you have something as rich as Wakanda and his backstory and clearly vibranium’s been introduced in the universe already. I don’t know when it will be exactly, but it’s certainly… we have plans to put it out someday.”

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So there you have it! Black Panther is absolutely in development, and he is a character that definitely has to be part of the Marvel cinematic universe. If you’ve been reading the comics recently, then you know that Marvel has been putting more emphasis on Black Panther with his inclusion into the Illuminati in Hickman’s current New Avengers run. A Black Panther film, much like Iron Man, it has the potential to be an amazing movie. Even though he’s not a widely known superhero, if the film’s done correctly, has the potential to be an epic film set in the advanced technological country of Wakanda. Think Iron Man.

Earlier in the summer, Latino-Review revealed that Chadwick Boseman (42) is at the top of Marvel’s list to be T’Challa to life, while Morris Chestnut is also in the running as well.

Another important Marvel character long rumored for a film is the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Sorcerer Supreme, that character is none other than Doctor Strange.

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In an interview with movies.com, Feige was asked if Doctor Strange would be one of the Marvel films to come out in 2016 or 2017. “Doc Strange, as I’ve been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make — we’re just figuring out how to make it a great movie. It is in active development right now,” Feige told movies.com. “Whether that’s one of the movies we announce for 2016 or 2017, we have to see. I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post-Ant-Man films will be.”

Just like Black Panther, Doctor Strange is another character that has to be part of the Marvel cinematic universe. Opening the realm of Doctor Strange would lead Marvel more into the supernatural universe, similar to how Guardians of the Galaxy will open the cosmic universe, and how Thor opened up the magical side of the Marvel universe.

“It’s no secret that the supernatural angle, the angle of alternate and parallel dimensions, we have not done in any of the films, and is not only a big part of the Doctor Strange comics, but also a big part of the Marvel Universe that we haven’t explored yet. So, I love the notion of tapping into all of that through Strange one day.” Feige said to IGN.

So far no one has been rumored for the role of Stephen Strange, although it has been widely known that Patrick Dempsey (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is a big fan of Doctor Strange and is campaigning hard to land the role.

Another hot topic being asked is the notion of Marvel developing a female superhero film for the big screen.

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Movies.com asked Feige if there would be any plans to release a female superhero film before DC, and he said, “Good question. I don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re planning,’ Feige said. “I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development — frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in [Thor: The Dark World], look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I’d say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo stand-alone female hero, I’m not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we’ve planned through 2015 and we have some ideas of what we’re doing in 2016 and 2017, so we’ll see what happens.”

DC has been very hesitant to release a film with Wonder Woman, but Marvel seems game to release a female superhero film. Earlier we reported that Katee Sackhoff was rumored for the role of Ms. Marvel, but Sackhoff has since denied that rumor. So whether that female driven superhero film is Ms. Marvel, Black Widow or Captain Marvel remains to be seen, especially with a crowded slate lined up for the next few years. All I know is that the future is very bright for Marvel fans.

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