Kevin Feige has nothing but good things to say about Black Panther and its cast!
Black Panther is easily one of the most anticipated films on Marvel Studios’ current slate. The hype only increased after the press got a special behind the scenes look at the film during their tour of Marvel Studios’ offices. Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige has been talking a lot about the film lately, and he appears to be just as excited as we are.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Feige revealed that Marvel had never shown raw dallies to the public before. He then explained that Black Panther’s rich history in the comics was part of their reason for doing so:
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"“I think it’s two things. Black Panther is a huge part of the Marvel Comics mythology, and has been for 50-plus years. Other than his awesome, relatively brief appearance in Civil War, his history has been relatively untapped.”"
He then went on to praise the cast of the movie, and later expressed his excitement in having such a diverse cast in a Marvel film :
"“Every day, seeing that cast come together…it’s just amazing. Across the board, it’s the highest-class cast we’ve had on a first movie…It’s really exciting that this part of the universe is so unbelievably diverse and looks unlike any of the other films that we’ve made. The cast looks different than any of the other casts that we’ve had. Both in front of and behind the camera, it’s almost entirely people of color, which I think is a special, important thing, and one of the reasons the film will be unique and as great as I think it’s going to be.”"
Feige also discussed how the studio’s choice to cast Chadwick Boseman in the role has been validated, and then explained how the actor was cast:
"“You always like your instincts being validated, and Chadwick was the first choice for us. He was the only person we ever talked to about the role, and one of the highlights of my career was calling him out of the blue on a speakerphone with [Civil War directors] Joe and Anthony Russo and our executive producer Nate Moore, who’s now executive producer of Panther. I said, ‘Have you ever heard of Panther? Would you want to play him?’”"
Feige sounds more like a fan than a film producer—but of course, he is both. It appears that he and the folks at Marvel Studios have a clear vision for this film, and are keen on seeing it through. And with Ryan Coogler at the helm and a cast with the likes of Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Bassett, this could very well be one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther makes its way to theaters on February 16, 2018.