At this point in time, we know pretty much everything there is to know about Marvel Phase Two. So being the internet, we’re of course setting our sites now on Marvel’s next phase, Phase 3. Right now there’s only one film confirmed for that film, and that’s 2015′s Ant-Man from Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. There will be an Avengers 3 to end the phase, and probably another sequel or two as well. But other than that? Well, anything could happen. Properties like Doctor Strange have floated about as possibilities, and we know Marvel has set a few release dates for films in 2017, 2018, and most likely beyond. So what will those films be? No one knows for sure, but one guy might have just just given us an idea: former Marvel president and famed comic creator Stan Lee.
Stan Lee revealed the news doing something he does often: talking to huge crowds of geeks at comic conventions. During the Wizard World Comic Con Convention in New York City this past weekend, Lee said the following about the future films of Marvel Studios…and let it drop that Black Panther is in active development. Via JoBlo:
“The people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think ‘What’ll we do next?’ And there’s a damn good chance that they will think just what you mentioned because it would be a great idea, and little by little, everything you want to see will come along because they’re just like you. They’re fans of the stories and are trying to think, ‘What will the fans like to see 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.”
First things first, Stan Lee knew EXACTLY what he was doing here. This wasn’t just a little slip up that he mistakenly threw in there. Why else would he mention it separate from the rest and so offhandedly? As for the actual news itself, it’s really not too much of a surprise. Black Panther is one of Marvel Studio’s remaining franchises that has some name recognition; the rest are pretty much unknown to the non-comic book reading world. And the idea of a Black Panther movie isn’t exactly new either. Well this is the first confirmation from someone close to Marvel Studios, it’s not the first time the idea has ever been discussed. But is Black Panther really coming up quickly? And does it have anything to do with the recent meeting Vin Diesel took with the studio? We don’t know yet, but hopefully Comic Con in the next few weeks will be able to illuminate some answers for us. We’ll keep you posted.