Could Black Panther join Iron Man, Thor and Captain America to the big screen? If what Stan Lee said during this past weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con NYC is any indication, the answer is yes.
According to a ScreenRant.com article, Lee is quoted as saying during his Q&A panel that Marvel is “spending hours trying to think ‘what’ll we do next.’ … What would we like to see next? So they’re working on Ant-man, working on Doctor Strange; they’re working on Guardians of the Galaxy; they’re working on god knows what. Did I say the Black Panther also? They’re the ones I know about.”
But before you go out and buy your tickets, this is something that Lee has mentioned before at other Cons. At last year’s 15th Annual Savanna Film Festival, Lee also talked about the development of a Black Panther movie.
Black Panther is the first African American super hero in mainstream comic books. The backstory of the character is that the Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. Amongst some of his powers are superhuman senses, Olympic-level strength, speed, reflexes, stamina, and agility. In addition, he has genius level intellect and is a skilled hunter and trained gymnast and acrobat.
The ScreenRant article also notes that we should not expect Marvel to announce a Black Panther movie during its San Diego Comic Con panel later this month but perhaps a Doctor Strange one. The article states that the comic book movie studio is expected to announce at least one new character film during its panel.
As well, Marvel hopes to use this year’s Comic Con to announce the title of three unannounced films scheduled to be released May of 2016 and 2017. These sets of films would be part of Marvel’s Phase Three. It is possible that it could be neither Black Panther nor Doctor Strange but sequels to Captain America, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Up next for Marvel is the release of Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013 followed by the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014. Then is The Avengers 2 on 2015 and that is followed by Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, which will kick off Marvel’s Phase Three.