‘Black Panther’ Movie ‘Absolutely In Development’ Says Marvel’s Kevin Feige

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In addition to next month’s theatrical release of Thor: The Dark World, Disney and Marvel Studios have two films in post-production for release next year, and two films in pre-production for release in summer 2015. After that, there are unannounced projects with release dates already locked down in 2016-17 that fans won’t learn more about until next year.

One of the potential properties that could see an introduction after The Avengers: Age of Ultron closes Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the long-awaited live-action adaptation of Black Panther, a character who’s been namedropped by Marvel execs repeatedly in association with Marvel One-Shot short films and early development on future feature films. As the franchise continues to expand, the realization of Black Panther on the big screen has seemingly become an issue of when instead of if.

During the press junket for Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige was asked by BlackTree TV about Black Panther and whether or not it’s happening.

“In terms of Black Panther, it’s absolutely in development, and when you have something as rich as Wakanda and [Black Panther's] backstory – and clearly, Vibranium’s been introduced in the universe already – I don’t know when it will be exactly but certainly we have plans to bring him to life someday.”

Vibranium refers to the powerful metal that Captain America’s shield is made from – it’s a fictional element that’s only found in the African land of Wakanda where Black Panther resides.

When it comes to the unannounced projects coming in 2016-17, the safe bets would be on sequels to Captain America and Thor taking the May opening weekend slots of each summer, followed by new properties in Doctor Strange and The Inhumans. Feige’s been saying for a month or so now however, that they’re still deciding on what projects make the cut and perhaps won’t finalize the production slate until early next year. We do know from talking to him ourselves that the second movie in each of those new years will in fact, be a new property.

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Feige previously went on record revealing that Doctor Strange is going to be part of Phase Three after Ant-Man, and as for The Inhumans, it can serve as a quasi-sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy while also playing into the bigger picture plans we talked to Feige about in relation to The Avengers 3. Unless either the Thor or Cap threequel is going to be delayed until after The Avengers 3 (likely in 2018), these four projects seem to be the most likely choices for the studio as 2016-17 releases.

Based on everything we’ve heard since The Avengers broke box office records around the world last year, we’re therefore not sure there’s room in Phase 3 for Black Panther, but since we know Marvel Studios has roughly planned out movies up until 2021, there’s plenty of opportunity down the road to bring the king of Wakanda to the big screen. Speaking with Fandango, Feige hinted that they may even have early plans beyond 2021.

“Realistically, [we've planned] just into the beginnings of [phase] three, in terms of practicality. In terms of pipe dreams, we’ve talked about [phases] four and five, but that’s just sort of wishful thinking.”

A growing topic of discussion in the press as Marvel promotes their plethora of projects is the need for diversity in leading characters. Characters including Black Panther and Ms. Marvel will help address that issue, and bolster The Avengers roster in a good way. And with contracts expiring on many of the franchise’s biggest stars by the end of Phase 3, Marvel will have to start rotating the roster of Avengers with new characters.

If Black Panther were put on the fast-track by Marvel Studios, which other film should be pushed back until Phase 4?


Thor: The Dark World releases on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Sources: BlackTree TV, Fandango

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  1. Michael Kai white would be an amazing black panther

    • Jai?

  2. Lance Gross as Black Panther i think he has the look and is quite a good actor

    • This is dope. He’s not just one of the top 5 most famous black actors that everyone throws at every black role. I can actually see him in the part and he could easily play the African prince – Michael Jordan, Michael White, Idris Elba…all decent black actors but the look just isn’t there. I like the pick.

  3. My name is Dion sobotker and I am looking to play the black panther

  4. I want Avengers 3 movie to come out after Black Panther movie.

  5. Who will be playing the role of black panther ? Has anyone checked out that new up and coming actor Rex “the flex ” baker , he’d be ideal for the role check him out on IMDb.me/Rextheflexbaker also on Facebook and twitter !

  6. SPOILER ALERT. My wife works at Marvel. Top secret, Michael B Jordan is really cast as THE BLACK PANTHER!!!!!


    • that would be like casting Halle Berry as Storm. Oh I forgot they did that. First off Jordan doesn’t look african. Lance Bass has a better physique than Jordan and Is at least dark skinned. Neither has martial art training. Lance Bass or Chadwick Boseman is the move here.

      • did you just say Michael B Jordan doesn’t look African?
        Oh my lord have mercy upon your stupidity

        • Look who’s talking! Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he looks african (BTW, you don’t capitalize adjectives). Jordan is clearly of mixed blood and is much too light-skinned. Saying he does look african would be akin to saying Benicio Del Toro looks irish…

          • Did you really just say African is an adjective, and therefore doesn’t need to be capitalized? Sorry but you’re completely wrong.

    • lol i highly doubt that story and casting! Unless the make Black Panther Hella young.

  7. The role is actually cast by Michael B Jordan.

  8. Djimon Hounsou all im saying is that if he weren’t already in guardians of the galaxy this roll would be perfect for him

    • Sorry *role I had a dumb moment

    • Too Old

  9. Only one person I believe could play this role & get it right…. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR!!

    • for what part?

  10. I still suggest for the part of T’Challa/Black Panter – Chewetel Ejiofor
    First time I saw him in “Serenity” I thought that this is an actor that would make a perfect Black Panther…and after seeing his performance in “12 Years a Slave” I believe that even more!

  11. All lipservice as far as I’m concerned. All these other characters, when they were announced, we got immediate artwork and dates and directors/writers. When you ask about BP, all you get is “oh we’re definitely thinking about it”. All BS.

    As for who should play T’Challa? Chiwetel Ejiofor and Djimon Hounsou are too old. Hounsou is already 49 years old, by the time they decide on a script and director, he’ll be 51 at filming. Ejiofor would be perfect RIGHT NOW this very moment because he’s 36. But he doesn’t strike me as athletic enough. Then again, DC is going with Ben Affleck as Batman, so I could be overstating that issue.

    Chadwick Boseman is a good name but I honestly wasn’t super impressed with his performance in 42, he’s a bit flat at times. But if brooding is how they wanna go, then he’s a fit.

    Aldis Hodge should be looked at for this role. David Oyelowo also.

    I just want the movie done with the same level of quality (financially, creatively) that the Thors and Iron Mans have gotten….

    • To correct myself, I meant to say Hounsou is too old and Ejiofor MIGHT be too old-looking. David Oyelowo is actually older than Ejiofor but has younger look (from what I’ve gleaned in his photos).

      • Hounsou could play T’Challa’s father.

    • Couldn’t agree more with your lip service comment, glad to see I’m not the only one that notices how just about every (white)characters get test footage, directors/producers, and all that stuff while all Black Panther gets is a “we’re thinking about it.” Total BS!

      I’m also a fan of Aldis Hodge for the role, and not too long ago John Boyega has also showed interest in the role and I’d be cool with him too.

      Out of your entire comment I think I agree the most with your last line: “I just want the movie done with the same level of quality (financially, creatively) that the Thors and Iron Mans have gotten…” The only thing I’m afraid of more that Marvel waiting too long to make a BP movie is Marvel setting it up to fail by not handling this project with the same enthusiasm they have for their other (white)characters.

  12. Neil Patric Harris since Michael B. Jordan is the new human torch (fantastic 4) “What if Black Panther was White… or Latino” come on Let do this!!!!

    • Err, no! Changing a white character into a non-white person is one thing, as the vast majority of superheroes are white. But, to change one of the few black ones would just be a mistake, especially one who is so popular and is African.

      • How did you not notice this was a joke?

  13. djimon hounsou would be a great black panther.

  14. I think Kofi Kingston would be a great Black Panther!

  15. I wrote a detailed analysis of how Marvel’s Black Panther will bring much needed respect and regal edge to superhero films. Therein you can find detailed character assessment and the impact of Christopher Priest’s excellent politically aware writing for Black Panther and its consequent impact on social awareness.