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

by Natasha Greeves
October 23, 2013 1:48 PM
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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:

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  • HarveyDent322 | October 24, 2013 5:14 AMReply

    Boseman would make a great T'Challa but I keep having it in the back of my mind that he's going to wind up as John Stewart in the long-gestating JUSTICE LEAGUE movie and spin off into another try for a solo GL movie. I think this maybe because his ties to the WB from his starring role in the successful 42 have put him at the top of the list when the WB is ready to cast the movie.

    As far as my choice for the Panther, I wanted to see Anthony Mackie in the role because he has the right build for it because the Panther should be lithe and lean IMO but right now no other actor has really struck me as a true fit for it yet.

  • Duane D | October 24, 2013 1:41 AMReply

    Unless the movie is based on Reggie Huddlin's story/script (the one that was made into a motion comic) then it will probably be whack. At this stage of the game - I kinda don't want them to screw up the Black Panther with a movie. Without the proper people at the helm its just an accident waiting to happen. Like handing a 13 year old the keys to your Ferrari.

  • Pumkin Escobar | October 24, 2013 1:48 AM

    Actually Hudlin's work on Black Panther was all based off of the previous work of Christopher Priest, who REALLY deserves the credit for the character's current status within the Marvel Universe.

  • Miles Ellison | October 23, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    There's no timeline because they're trying to figure out how to either make the Black Panther white and sell it, or make the character a meaningless accessory in a story about some ridiculous white superhero that somebody made up 15 minutes ago.

  • Dankwa Brooks | October 23, 2013 8:04 PMReply

    I'm sorry, his story seems like total bullshit to placate the black press while promoting his upcoming release.

  • other song | October 23, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    To be honest with you, I don't give a f*ck about this. I'm gonna see the movie regardless but I hate how LATE this is gonna be. So right when the superhero trend is getting lame and is falling off, then we start seeing Black and minority characters? LOL. It just seems like a strategy to extend Marvel's 15 minutes even longer.

  • Anonymous | October 23, 2013 2:24 PMReply

    Michael Ealy is the epitome of Superhero! Would love to see him cast.

  • Lionel M. | October 23, 2013 1:53 PMReply

    I would really like to see Kenan Thompson in the role of Black Panther. It would be so funny!

  • spirit equality | October 24, 2013 10:39 AM

    @Lionel M.

    Absolutely not.

    I wouldn't pay one red cent for a "comedic" spin on T'Challa/The Black Panther. In fact, I'd actively urge people to boycott it.

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