Feige On “Black Panther 2,” “Captain Marvel”

While the plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the fourth “Avengers” next year remain murky, one film that’s a definite go is a sequel to this year’s mega smash hit “Black Panther”.

Speaking with EW, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed that not only is a sequel a guarantee but there’s already a ‘pretty solid direction’ for its story. He wouldn’t, however, go into specifics of potential release or production dates:

“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”

Feige also touched upon the topic of spin-offs regarding characters such as fan favorites like Shuri and Okoye:

“I think there’s lots of potential. It’s a balance between leaving people wanting more and then giving them too much, but I would watch a movie about any of those characters [Dora Milaje, Shuri] you just named. I think Shuri’s astounding, and you’ll see much more of her in our universe. Okoye, I think I’d watch three action films just Okoye. I’m not saying we’re doing that, but I’m saying that we’re intrigued by them. Frankly, as I’ve said before, finishing these first 22 movies is really all we’re thinking about at this point.”

Producer Nate Moore previously said talks of a sequel began weeks into production of the first movie, but with the film doubling its opening weekend box-office expectations – the chances of those coming to fruition are now much greater.

Marvel is now at work on the solo “Captain Marvel” film which sees Brie Larson as the Air Force pilot turned galactic hero and Samuel L. Jackson playing a two-eyed and younger version of Nick Fury. Feige tells the outlet the 1990s setting opens up new storytelling avenues including Fury’s first encounter with superheroes:

“We wanted to explore a period before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had any idea about any of the other heroes and crazy stuff going on in the world. You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, ‘You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.’ Well, we want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across.

That meant she could be the singular hero, but place it within timing of the MCU. It also got us talking about different genres, exploring this notion of sort of the 1990s action film. We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favorite 1990s action films within Captain Marvel.

Well, not necessarily talking about any particulars of the story, but the action elements [like] Terminator 2. That’s about as iconic as you get, looking at kind of those cool street level fights, street level car chases, and fun stuff like that. That being said, much of the movie takes place in outer space, as you might think a Captain Marvel movie would. Like all of our genre inspirations, there are bits and pieces here and there.”

The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn as the main villain, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva and DeWanda Wise in an unspecified role. Anna Fleck and Ryan Boden are directing from a script by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. That film opens early next year.