Feige Talks “Inhumans,” “Black Panther” Dates

Marvel Studios’ proposed but troubled “Inhumans” film, which was targeting a 2019 release, looks to no longer be a part of the studio’s ‘third phase’ movie plans.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke with Collider this week and was asked for an update on the progress of “Inhumans”. Feige says that with the additions of the “Ant-Man” sequel and “Spider-Man” reboot along with Disney’s fifth “Indiana Jones” film, they have the luxury of being able to hold off on the film:

“Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.”

One reason for the delay that has been rumored is due to the division between Feige and Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter who is behind the TV side of the business. On top of that the Inhumans have been a story point in episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” on ABC. Asked if, due to SHIELD covering it, there’s reluctance to do the Inhumans at all on the big screen. Feige responded: “No, It’s a question of when.”

Feige also confirmed to the outlet that “Creed” director Ryan Coogler is not only directing but also co-writing the upcoming “Black Panther” solo movie which is targeting a February 2018 release. Pre-production is already underway and Feige says they’re almost finished writing:

“Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”

“Doctor Strange” wrapped its shoot the other week, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is currently filming in Atlanta, and “Thor: Ragnarok” begins its shoot this Summer in Australia.