Marvel Announces Captain Marvel and Black Panther Movies
Finally! Not to be outdone by Sony or Warner Bros. (or at least not for long), Marvel announced today at their huge reveal of Phase 3 that they will make solo superhero movies featuring a woman and a black man, respectively. Marvel has (rightly, in my opinion) received a lot of flak for their lack of diversity, but between this development and the female Thor and black Captain America in the comics, they're showing a sincere effort to incorporate a wider variety of narratives.
Feige confirmed that there will be a Captain Marvel movie, specifically about Carol Danvers, the first Marvel superhero movie to feature a woman as the protagonist.
Although this is, of course, a positive development, it is a little strange that they chose to introduce a new superhero rather than make a Black Widow movie, considering that she's already prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to mention that she's played by a popular and Oscar-winning actress. One could argue that the character of Captain Marvel has a larger fanbase, as she's been appearing in her own comics since the seventies while Black Widow didn't get her own series until this year. Or, coming from the studio that created Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe they just would rather make a movie that automatically has their name in the title.
Feige also announced a Black Panther movie, to be released in 2017, the first mainstream superhero movie to solo feature a black man.
"We have already started seeding this in the previous films," Feige said, referring to a Black Panther Easter Egg in one of the MCU films. Many have speculated that he was referring to the Black Panther villain Klaw, played by Andy Serkis, making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Regarding the plot, Feige said: "It's about how this isolationist country of Wakanda meets the world."
This film must have been the most well-guarded secret at Marvel, because they kept the existence of the movie hidden long enough to cast a leading man. Marvel announced today that Chadwick Boseman, star of 42 and Get On Up, will play Black Panther. The character will first appear in Captain America: Civil War, although the actor wouldn't disclose on which side his character would fall. In the comics, (spoiler!) he sides with Captain America's anti-registration views; Marvel has been known to make changes to the canon when necessary, but I would tentatively predict that this detail will remain the same.