In the past, Marvel Studios has been a huge freight train moving at 100 miles per hour. These are films based on characters that have been around for decades, and these films are likely happening no matter who’s on board. At least, that’s what things used to be like at the studio.
As happened in the past, many directors during Phase 1 didn’t come back for Phase 2, and even fan-favorite helmer Edgar Wright was dismissed from Ant-Man in favor of making a film that’s more in line with the universe as a whole. Things seem to have swung back in the opposite direction.
Films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther have all proven just how indispensable a director with a vision is. Before, Marvel Studios would pretty much go forward with a sequel, whether or not a director is on board, but in the case with Black Panther, they seem to recognize just how big of a role Ryan Coogler played in its creation. Speaking with Collider, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was asked when we could expect the inevitable sequel. Here’s what he said:
“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4, which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”
This is great to hear. While it’d make sense for the studio to strike while the iron’s hot, the reality is that Coogler will likely at least want to make one smaller film before jumping back in. In this type of studio system, making sure the directors are creatively full when jumping into each project is crucial, and allowing time to breathe is probably for the best.
Luckily, their universe consists of so many franchises that it’s allowed them to take this extra time, when in the past they weren’t really able to do that. What do you think of Feige’s comments? Is it good that they seem willing to wait on Ryan Coogler? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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