Marvel’s Kevin Feige has been dishing a lot concerning his excitement for the rest the Phase Two lineup during press interviews for Thor: The Dark World. He’s even teased at great length what’s in store for Phase Three. However, one project Kevin has been quite mum about. That being the current status of Black Panther. He gave a brief statement to BlackTreeTV about the possibility of a Loki spin-off and if Black Panther is happening.
“Ah, a lot of people are asking about Loki’s own movie. That’s pretty good and you know my favorite thing about being asked a question about Loki. Is that it means, it’s worked. People respond to Loki they respond to Hiddleston. You know one might say he gives Thor a run for his money in this film. Wether he’ll spin-off in his own story or not, I don’t know we don’t have immediate plans for that. I think there are a lot more stories to tell in the Thor universe first.”
“And in terms of The Black Panther, it’s absolutely in development. When you have something as rich as Wakanda and his backstory. Certainly vibranium has been introduced in the universe already. I don’t know when that’ll be exactly but certainly we have plans to bring him to life someday.”
His statement seems a bit safe and still a bit coy. Feige isn’t gushing about Panther here, like he has previously with Ant-Man and Doc Strange (a solid contender for Phase Three). Yet, Kevin does give the impression he’s still being considered for release. We know that a script by Mark Bailey exists. Along with a steady group of seasoned/young actors being linked or rumored for the role of T’Challa. Wakanda made a small cameo in Iron Man 2 and since then Black Panther has gathered a large amount of fan support. The fictional Marvel country could very well make an appearance The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the film is said to have location shots in South Africa. I speculate that Ultron could upgrade his body by heading to Wakanda for some vibranium. The same indestructible metal that Cap’s shield is made from.