Rumors that Marvel is working on Black Panther and Doctor Strange movies gained momentum recently thanks to Stan Lee. Lee recently confirmed that he’s no longer directly involved in the company’s inner workings, but it’s reasonable to think that he’s still privy to at least some of the projects in development. During an interview at the Wizard World Comic Con in New York City, he opened up about a few of them.
“So [Marvel is] working on Ant-Man, working on Doctor Strange; they’re working on Guardians of the Galaxy; they’re working on God knows what. Did I say the Black Panther also? They’re the ones I know about, and they’re working on others that I don’t know about,” said Lee.
Disney and Marvel have announced release dates for movies well into 2017, but at least three of the dates lack actual titles attached to them. Could Black Panther and Doctor Strange join Ant-Man and Avengers 3 in Marvel’s Phase Three?
Black Panther, the first mainstream black superhero, is long overdue for a film. In the 90’s, Wesley Snipes was actively involved in attempts to launch the movie; Djimon Hounsou voiced T’Challa in 2010; and earlier this year it was rumored that Morris Chestnut was being considered for the role. Even Vin Diesel’s recent meeting at Marvel has raised eyebrows.
Marvel head Kevin Feige is a huge fan of Doctor Strange, so that film is almost a certainty. During an interview with MTV News earlier this year, Feige said, “He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy.”