Are you ready for a lot more Black Panther in your life? The first movie isn't even out yet and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige is hinting that the Wakandan ruler has a bright future ahead of him. Speaking with Variety, the producer on every Marvel film said, "Panther has been around for more than half a century in the comic books and there are many, many stories to tell."
This makes sense as every major Marvel hero (Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America) have received at least three movies a piece. Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers are also working toward their own trilogies, so a Panther sequel is inevitable. In addition, the usual rationale for a sequel is a strong box office performance and the world's first mainstream African superhero is expected to make a record-breaking $180 million during his opening weekend.
When asked why Black Panther took so long to make its way to theaters, Feige said that the first few years of the MCU were mainly devoted to building up the Avengers. As the fan base grew, the studio got to branch out in its storytelling and by the time of Captain America: Civil War, they wanted to introduce a character who had no "allegiance" to Tony, Cap, or the Avengers. T'Challa had his own culture and way of doing things that distinctly set him apart from the heroes we'd known since 2008.
"I’m very glad this movie wasn’t made in 1992 because Ryan Coogler might not have been born," said Feige (pictured above with Coogler), referring to the original project with Wesley Snipes. Feige also voiced his hope the Creed director would return for the sequel.
Black Panther claws into theaters tomorrow.