When Kevin Feige speaks, Hollywood geekdom trembles. At least, that is, when he's talking on the record about Marvel movies. When he's ordering lunch, you'd have to imagine not so much with the trembling.
Recently, though, the Marvel Studios head honcho has been setting the film-making firmament aquiver with more or less every announcement that he's made - and his most recent interview with IGN is no exception.
In it, he reveals that Captain Marvel and Black Panther might be...well, just about as close as we all assume. After jokingly pretending to announce that they'll be getting standalone films, Feige revealed that:
"They're both characters that we like, that development work has been done, is continuing to be done on."
Which, in and of itself, would be great, I guess. But Feige continued, adding that the vocal calls for the two characters to appear have indeed influenced Marvel's thinking:
"It's a question I get asked more than anything else. More than Iron Man 4 and more than The Avengers 3, and that's sorta the first time that's really happened to us. So I think that makes a difference, that's something we have to pay attention to."
Which suggests that not only are the character likely on their way - but that we're all (at least indirectly) responsible for getting them there...
Which, combined with this...
I've always said we have our plan and it's served us very well. There hasn't been anything that has made us deviate or change from that based on an opinion, because opinions online change, and they alter, and they're based on sort of limited information they have to what's going on behind the scenes. But in this particular case I think it is a groundswell, and I think it does mean something substantial."
...basically means we're going to see them pretty darned soon.
I mean, look at the math:
Development work has been done + Fan pressure makes a difference + We aren't going to deviate from the plan = They're already on their way.
Either that, or Kevin Feige is still just totally messing with us.
Check out the interview here, and let us know what you think:
[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) is due to be released May 1, 2015 - but will that be too soon for our heroes to make an appearance?
What do you guys think? Are Captain Marvel and Black Panther already on their way?