Kevin Feige Talks Black Panther, Iron Fist, S.H.I.E.L.D. & More!

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2010 at 2:57 pm,

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Marvel Studios has a lot of future projects to balance and it’s a good problem to have. With the success of the Iron Man franchise pushing the studio to launching solo projects for Captain America and Thor, leading to the team-up epic in The Avengers, everyone is wondering what comes next.

From the long-delayed Ant-Man film by Edgar Wright, to Dr. Strange and Runaways which already have writers attached, and a ton of secondary characters having their names dropped by folks at Marvel for potential feature film treatment, Marvel will soon need to decide which projects get the greenlight after The Avengers.

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, sat down with MTV to have a chat about exactly this and mentioned some titles we’ve heard before and one you might not have expected. Which lesser known properties does Feige think have realistic potential to become live-action features in the future?

“I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with ‘Iron Fist’ lately is exciting… I think ‘Black Panther’ and Wakanda has some amazing potential to be a feature film. ‘Doctor Strange,’ as you’ve mentioned. There are some obscure titles, too, like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ I think they’ve been revamped recently in a fun way in the book.”

This is the first we’ve heard about a possible Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation. We know Marvel is opening up the film series to non-Earthly places such as Asgard with Thor and a Guardians feature would let us meet some of the cosmic heroes of the Marvel Universe. For those unfamiliar with the series, Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced back in 1969 as part of the future of an alternate universe. More recently however – and what Feige is referring to – is the new series which began in 2008, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. It features characters like Adam Warlock, Star-Lord and even appearances from Nova – these are the more well known characters to comic readers. In the series, they cross paths with the infamous Skrulls, the possible villains for The Avengers.

Iron Fist on the other hand was almost made into a feature film starring Ray Park (X-Men, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) a decade ago when the property was owned by Artisan Entertainment, but that obviously didn’t happen and Marvel got the rights back. Since then, his name has been mentioned as a property of interest for Marvel Studios and was even mentioned as part of a possible Heroes for Hire film which would co-star the fan-favorite character of Luke Cage aka Power Man. This would make for a very cool movie.

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Iron Fist and Luke Cage are Heroes for Hire

Another character I’m glad Feige mentioned was Black Panther, who’s been subject to rumors of who could play the him for a long time. Black Panther and his homeland of Wakanda would make for a very unique action movie with a great story and I’d love to see the character join The Avengers if they make a sequel. Marvel has spoken with actors about the part, including dewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) but there’s been no official movement as of yet.

But what about that S.H.I.E.L.D. movie that Samuel L. Jackson mentioned could start shooting sometime after The Avengers?

“I think the answer is yes… I think S.H.I.E.L.D. could be it’s own franchise. I think, frankly, ‘The Avengers’ is going to be told from that point of view more so than any of the other films at that point, so we’re going to get an inside look [at how S.H.I.E.L.D.] operates.”

This seems like an obvious extension to The Avengers and it could feature a lot of superhero cameos, while giving more screen time to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.

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Samuel L. Jackson in SHIELD movie after The Avengers?

We’ve long heard that Marvel was interested in introducing character unknown to mainstream audiences in lower budget projects and more recently we’ve heard that they could be first introduced through shorts attached to their big features as a way to test audience reaction.

With Disney now behind Marvel, Marvel Studios will hopefully ramp up production to four features a year, a target number mentioned as a goal for the studio. This would allow them to carry on with their current franchises with sequels for Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and The Avengers while keeping things fresh by introducing new franchises through other characters.

The short of it is that we have a lot to look forward to.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and our main feed @screenrant and let us know your thoughts.

Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. What comes next we don’t yet know.

Source: MTV

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  1. I like the idea of the lower budget movies that would cover the rest of the Marvel Universe.

    Now here’s an idea… make them as one hour movies and play them two at a time, under the title Marvel Team-Up, and have the plots crossover.

    And they need to make a Shang Chi movie.

      • jet li as shang chi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Nah Donnie Yen as Shang Chi

  2. And this is why Marvel is superior to DC in terms of their film franchises. Marvel just knows how to make the right moves and they are putting together their film universe quite nicely.

    • @ Cody

      I wouldn’t say MARVEL is superior to DC at all. I’m more of a MARVEL fan with over 5000+ comic books but some of the decisions MARVEL have made are downright ridiculous.

      Churning out quantity over quality is a pretty DUMB move if you ask me.

      MARVEL are making it logistically impossible to putting out something even remotely close to what DC and Christopher Nolan have done with Batman.

      IM1 & TIH were fantastic. They are two of my favorite super hero movies but are not in the same calibre and this is where I think DC / WARNER BROS at the moment have the better resources, experience and talent.

      • I think the success of the current Batman franchise is thanks to Chris Nolan more than anyone else, especially Warner Bros and DC. Ill honestly have to wait until Green Lantern comes out before I can judge the studios.

  3. Cloak & Dagger! Marvel has the rights to them right?

  4. Michael Jai White as Luke Cage. Done and Done! If you saw Black Dynamite you know MJW has the karate chops and the comdey skill. Now we just need an Iron Fist!

    • Michael Jai White as Luke Cage huh? That would be good casting choice. I also though of Terry Crews as well for the part. Black Dynamite does help the push for it too hahaha so many memorable lines.

    • I completely agree with Michael Jai White, but last I read, Marvel was talking to some A-lister about the part…got me thinking it could be Will Smith or somebody popular like that…I hope not.

    • Yes and Scott Adkins for Iron fist – best martial artist out there at the mo. Check out Undisputed 2 with MJW and Adkins and Undisputed 3 for further confirmation of Adkins skills…

  5. the Guardians of the Galaxy go back to late 80’s early 90’s and was written and drawn by Jim Valentino the creator of Shadow Hawk.

  6. Dr Strange is the only even remotely interesting character planned it seems.

    • Really? No interest in Black Panther or Iron Fist? Both could offer very cool stories.

      • lol u look like u can be iron fist

  7. a shield 2 hour televesion series with sam would be kinda awesome

  8. The Guardians is indeed surprise…and I would like to see Adam Warlock myself, so, I’m all for that. Maybe a little Infinity Gauntlet in there if no Skrulls?

    Heroes For Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist) I’m actually hyped for this. I’d like to see it happen. Throw in Misty Knight while we’re at it.

    The SHIELD film could also include Frank “Punisher’ Castle. (Note: even if that wasn’t the case, I would want, although probably not get, Tom Jane to reprise the part)

    Of who isn’t there but I would like:

    — Man-Thing. Hey, if LGF gave up Punisher, why not a character whose origins include the Capn’ America Super Soldier (and like the Inc. Hulk film, a variation of it). Man-Thing could even be in Incredible Hulk 2, which I want.

    — Sleepwalker. I think know the character could work onscreen, big or small, if kept in a “Dark City” like palette. You can also get away with his rouges gallery (even 8 Ball) with one light tweak (spill overs from a dream reality)

    — Deathlok. Nuff said.

  9. Na Rob I hated the characters in the comics so I’m not interested in seeing them on film.

    • Fair enough. What about Guardians? Not many ppl know them at all but it might offer a neat space adventure that ties in with the Marvel movie universe?

      I’m reaching…

  10. I remember Wesley Snipes wanted to do Black Panther,however Djimon Hounsou might be a good choice.

    • Yeh i agree. Djimon Hounsou would be great for the role

      • heeell ya or maybe even that hatian dude from heroes Jimmy Jean-Louis

  11. Daniel f,
    You’ve gotta be kidding with not thinking Black Panther wouldnt be interesting to see on film. WTF

  12. Fub I’m sure black panther fans he’s would be I’m just not one. I’ve never liked the character. I know some do so they would be excited for the film I’m not. I simply don’t like him I’m sure you have characters you don’t like.

  13. Will Marvel cough up the money by itself to make Dr. Strange? Because I’ll bet Disney is gunshy after Sorceror’s Apprentice tanked. It seems if your name isn’t Harry Potter a magical character won’t put butts in the seats.

  14. I would love to see a Dr Strange film and even a Black Panther film BUT not churned out in a cheap pulp fiction production process.

    I hope this doesn’t become MARVEL’S (pump them out quickly) methodology instead of an insightful look at the development of these characters and the world they inhabit.

    I don’t want to be entertained by formulaic serial matinees but rather each film a masterful epic that touches on all aspects of drama, action and great storytelling.

    MARVEL may invariably get more of it’s characters on screen but minus the quality and you’ve lost me as a customer.

    Kevin Feige’s vision seems to be all about quantity and little else. Cheap thrills may be fine with kiddies and tweens but give me QUALITY over quantity any day.

  15. Rob I wouldn’t even bother watching a Luke cage, iron fist or black panther film even if it got good reviews can’t stand the characters at all and they don’t interest me in anyway.

    However I might watch a Guardian film if it was well recieved but it’s not something I would look forward to or care about.

    Dr Strange however is a character I enjoy and would look forward to.

  16. i hate it

  17. I would see a Black Panther and a Heroes for hire film, especially if it ties up loose ends within the stories in the major properties. That would break things up and make for a richer experience. Keeping the majors fresher longer. At some point burnout is bound to occur though. DC hasn’t got really cranked up yet and when we start hearing from them in a big way the theaters are going to be full of flying,stalking, fighting, costumed heroes coming out one a month in some years. Especially since both Fox and Sony are fast tracking and the other properties that fit between the slots like “Cowboy Bebop” and around the edges like “Akira” and “Ghost In The Shell.” Additionally you have smaller independents like Marv Films “Kick Ass 2″ and who knows the other big boys could keep their hats in the ring. Universal could do a world cume of 2.5x by my reckoning for “Scott Pilgrim,” and buy into some yet unexploited property in the future and surely some distribution rights from the smaller companies.

  18. the old spice guy as black panther since Snipes is getting long in the tooth

  19. Not every movie can be a blockbuster! Nor should anyone expect them to be. I for one am looking forward to more marvel, since DC only has Batman.
    and don’t tell me Green Lantern cause what Ive seen there is no green lantern.

  20. A Luke Cage/Iron Fist movie would be great. Those are two top shelf characters that if done right could be a huge franchise. Not everybody knows these characters but they are two of the coolest in the marvel universe, and they have alot of potential.

    I used to love The Guardians of the Galaxy comic when i was a kid, but the modern version is a turd. I’m surprised people buy that book. I’d rather pay money to see a Silver Surfer book with Galactus if they are gonna make a cosmic marvel movie.

    A Black Panther movie would be amazing. The JRJR cartoon that came out recently was pure win. That toon got me to go and buy the book, before that i cared less about the character. The movie would be huge.

    There’s so many great characters in the Marvel Universe. I thought the short features with the lesser known characters to be shown before the main movie was a brilliant idea.

  21. Black Panther candidates- Djimon, Dewale, Idris Elba

  22. i loooooove how they have the ultimate version of nick fury i am a big fan of the ultimate comics some of them screwed up my favorite characters but i try to look past that with the way they tell the story in a modern day theme its genius and i think they should use the ultimate avengers version in the screen except with some changes that go with charcters that already have their movie like iron man incredible hulk ect.

  23. Djimon Hontsu as Black Panther

  24. I would love to see a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It would be a lot like Star Wars with epic space battles and alien planets in distant corners of the gaalxy and could feature Galactus,Silver Surfer,Captain Marvel,Nova,the Skrulls and the Kree. It would make an awesome franchise or movie trilogy. It would be a cross between Star Wars,Green Lantern and the Avengers. I hope a Guardians of the Galaxy movie happens real soon.

    • A Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy would be awesome in the hands of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with Industrial Light & Magic handling all FX or even better in collaboration with Peter Jackson and WETA.

      Now that would surely set a new precedent in film making and CRAP all over anything Joss Whedon could muster.

      No amateurs please. :-)