Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, and proved to be successful, fans have been clamoring to see some of their other favorite heroes make the transition to the big screen. Two of the most requested characters to add to the canon are Black Panther and Captain Marvel (who we lobbied for just last week along with 10 other female characters), and it would seem the fan demand for these characters might be having Marvel reconsider a few things.
Speaking with IGN, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked about bringing those two characters to the big screen. He said:
“They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done, it’s continuing to be done on, and certainly it’s the question I get asked more than anything else, more than Iron Man 4, more than Avengers 3. That’s sort of the first time that’s really happened to us, so I think that makes a difference. I think that’s something we have to pay attention to… I’ve always said we have our plan, and it’s served us very well, and there hasn’t been anything that has managed to deviate or change from that based on an opinion, because opinions online change and they alter, and they are based on limited information they have to what’s going on behind the scenes, but in this particular case I think it is a groundswell, and I think it means something substantial.”
Marvel Studios currently has eleven more films set for release between now and 2019, eight of which don’t have titles. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Black Panther and Captain Marvel could be one of those films, but we can’t know for sure until the studio makes it official. In the meantime, keep asking and perhaps ye shall receive.