Warner Bros. and DC may have beaten Marvel Studios to the punch with the first female-led superhero film in Wonder Woman, but Phase 3 of the MCU certainly does have a number of diverse characters making their way to the big screen over the next few years.
Next February, Black Panther, who debuted in Captain America: Civil War, will return for his own solo movie, the first MCU film with an African-American lead in Chadwick Boseman, who will also be joined by a bevy of phenomenal African-American performers. Also, some fantastic female characters will be getting a chance to shine soon, with Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp co-headling the Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp later in 2018, and the debut of Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, coming in 2019. Not to even mention Thor: Ragnarok, which took a character that’s tradtionally depicted as white in Valkyrie and cast for talent rather than race with the incredibly gifted Tessa Thompson (who I thought was just amazing in Creed).
While speaking to Complex, Marvel Studios executive producer Nate Moore made it clear that if there is a race with DC to get these characters to the big screen, Marvel would rather take the “Tortoise and the Hare” approach. The producer spoke a bit about Marvel’s method to bringing these diverse characters to life the right way:
“We want to tell the best stories with the strongest developed characters and scripts that we can. Our biggest concern is that, in trying to get more characters out there, we rush something that’s not ready and we deliver something that’s not up to our standards. So it’s less about us rushing a character that’s diverse to get it out quickly and more about figuring out how to do it right.”
Here’s the official synopsis for Marvel’s Black Panther movie:
Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Marvel’s Black Panther arrives on February 18, 2018, with Ant-Man & The Wasp hitting theaters later that same year, on July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel will premiere on March 8, 2019.