Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington "This Is a Relationship" - Watch Michael Ealy Frighten Sanaa Lathan in Tense First Clip From 'The Perfect Guy' "This Is a Relationship" - Watch Michael Ealy Frighten Sanaa Lathan in Tense First Clip From 'The Perfect Guy' Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Quentin Tarantino Says 'The Hateful Eight' Will Be Timely & Will Tackle White Supremacy Quentin Tarantino Says 'The Hateful Eight' Will Be Timely & Will Tackle White Supremacy But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series Watch: Trailer for Miniseries Based on Life of Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz (Coming This Fall) Watch: Trailer for Miniseries Based on Life of Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz (Coming This Fall) Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... AFM News: Danny Glover, Derek Luke Will Play Prison Inmates In 3D Drama 'Long Day Journey' AFM News: Danny Glover, Derek Luke Will Play Prison Inmates In 3D Drama 'Long Day Journey'

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Says A Black Panther Movie Is 'Absolutely In Development'

Shadow and Act By Natasha Greeves | Shadow and Act October 23, 2013 at 1:48PM

You're probably all sick and tired of hearing about rumors of Marvel Studios' supposed plans for a Black Panther movie. In May, Tambay promised that we wouldn't address anymore of those rumors until we actually had something much more concrete to report on.
9
black panther

You're probably all sick and tired of hearing about rumors of Marvel Studios' supposed plans for a Black Panther movie. In May, Tambay promised that we wouldn't address anymore of those rumors until we actually had something much more concrete to report on.

Well, today we kind of do, directly from the horses mouth, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, in a recent sit-down interview with BlackTree TV, while doing press for Thor: The Dark World (published just yesterday), in which he reveals to BlackTree TV's Jamaal Finkley that a Black Panther movie is "absolutely in development.

His exact words were:

“In terms of Black Panther, it’s absolutely in development... 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 we certainly have plans to bring him to life some day.”

Of course, some day could be 10 years from now, or it could begin filming next year, for a 2015 release. So while this news doesn't necessarily give us a timeline, at least we can now absolutely confirm that this is a project that Marvel is committed to making.

You might remember the summer 2012 quote from Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito, who shared the following in a Comic-Con interview with MTV last year, about a potential Black Panther movie:

"He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values... But it's a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It's always easier basing it here. For instance, 'Iron Man 3' is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you're always faced with those difficulties."

That drew a lot of criticism from many of you folks who felt that Marvel was simply looking for excuses not to make the movie, arguing that, with today's technology, creating fictional worlds on film (something that's done routinely) shouldn't be a challenge. 

But maybe D'Esposito was simply sharing the challenges he felt they faced in getting the world right, and wasn't suggesting that the project woudn't be done.

Kevin Feige reassures us of that with today's revelation.

So now we wait.

Just about every "hot" black actor it seems has thrown their hat in the ring for the role, with fans having their own favorites. Most recently, the rumor was that Chadwick Boseman was at the top of Marvel's short list for Black Panther. But no official confirmation of that. I wish Black Tree TV would've asked him about casting.

Watch the interview below:


Shadow & ActNewsletter