Earlier this week, we got a fantastic sneak peek at Doctor Strange, which looks better than I could have imagined. At one of those IMAX screenings, director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were present, and fielded questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Doctor Strange is an origin film, not everything coming out of Marvel will be. Here’s what Feige told the crowd (via CinemaBlend):
“[Black] Panther is not really an origin story, since we saw him already in Civil War. But his standalone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world that you never saw. And Captain Marvel is certainly an origin. It’s an origin story from the start.
“Civil War was a jumping off point for the Black Panther character. It’s not necessarily an origin story because he remains a mystery through most of the movie. When I take the mask off and it’s revealed that it’s the Prince of Wakanda, that’s the guy whose father was just killed – it’s a surprise […] So then, you’re learning – as you watch the movie – what his powers are, because you’re not sure. He remains a mystery through most of the movie.”
In a few ways, while Black Panther isn’t an origin film, per se, Feige does make it clear that it is an introduction film. Unlike a lot of other Marvel characters, Black Panther has a whole country to introduce. The film debuts July 6, 2018.
Captain Marvel, on the other hand, we’ve known was going to be an origin film, but that her origins are being altered. I still suspect that she’ll be a part of Avengers: Infinity War, but won’t be powered until her solo film, which premieres March 8, 2019.
Meanwhile, during the New York Comic Con, Kate Beckinsale revealed that the producers from Underworld at one point were thinking of doing a crossover with Blade, but Marvel told them, “They’re doing something with Blade.”
That offhand remark set the speculation gears into motion, but Feige clarified the statement, saying (via Playlist):
“They did ask a long time ago and I think our answer was, ‘No, we’ll do something with ‘Blade’ at some point.’ That’s still the answer, We still think he’s a great character. He’s a really fun character. We think this movie going into a different side of the universe would have the potential to have him pop up, but between the movies, the Netflix shows, the ABC shows, there are so many opportunities for the character to pop up, as you’re now seeing with Ghost Rider on ‘AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D.’… rather than team up with another studio on that character, let’s do something on our own. What that is? Where that will be? We’ll see. There is nothing imminent to my knowledge.”
Ghost Rider and Blade deal with a lot of the mystical side of the MCU. Doctor Strange is opening that door when it opens November 4, 2016, so it will be exciting to see how it affects the rest of the universe moving forward.