Traditionally, a major superhero of a major franchise would get his or her introduction in an origins story. That wasn’t the case for Black Panther as he was the first major Marvel superhero to be welcomed into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War. He will still get a chance to shine in his own solo titular film come February 2018. But looking at the schedule for upcoming films, the MCU narrative dynamic is going through a bit of a change as some heroes won’t get origins stories and some will get origins stories (but even that will be interesting to see).
Yesterday, Kevin Feige stopped by to visit one of the special 15-minute screenings of Doctor Strange that was held across the country to talk about the future of the MCU and confirmed that Black Panther “won’t be” an origins film and added that Captain Marvel will be an origins film. More on the story below.
Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend talked to Feige after the screening where he talked about which films are origins films and which ones are not:
“[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.”
In the case for Black Panther, we saw how with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), it was clear that the young warrior was being groomed for diplomacy by his father, but wasn’t exactly ready to take the throne. However, he was forced to take the mantle of king thrust after his father was killed in a bomb blast during the events of Captain America: Civil War. So it makes sense that Black Panther won’t be a traditional origins story, but one that introduces the nation of Wakanda to us for the very first time.
Now for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), that is even more interesting as her character will likely have a role in Avengers: Infinity War. However, based on Feige’s comments, the title film, which opens a year after Infinity War, will be an origins story. So, are we to assume that Carol Danvers will have a small role or a cameo role in Infinity War that will probably be expanded in Captain Marvel where she will very likely be exposed to the Kree-radiation that will give her superpowers?
But this wouldn’t be the first time that we’ve seen major hero introduced in a sequel and have their own solo film released on a later date. Wonder Woman got the same treatment as she made her first major appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will soon get her own title film.
It’s not as though studios are finished telling superhero origins stories, but they have become somewhat repetitive that the best way to introduce them and still give them their own film is to do it in a middle of an already established superhero franchise and expand on their story in a later standalone film.
[Source: Cinema Blend]