For the past several years, despite the overall acclaim and box office success, the Marvel Studios movies have been accused of being kinda samey. I’ve also thrown that criticism at Marvel Studios. While none of the movies have been bad, for a while, I did feel like they were essentially the same structured story with a different skin stretched over it.
In support of that criticism, I point to Doctor Strange — a solid, yet predictable and structurally safe film. With those origins, it seems that Marvel has told that story in almost virtually every way possible. With that in mind, I’m happy to hear that when they started work on Black Panther, they once again started down that path. However, once they realized that, they put it on hold, knowing they’d been there and done that.
Here is Black Panther producer Nate Moore describing that process:
“[I’ve been working on Black Panther] since I[‘ve been at Marvel]. So, 2010, we started developing a standalone movie, and with a very talented writer [Joe Robert Cole]. And we soon found ourselves falling into the pitfalls of an origin story movie and that sort of familiar structure that just wasn’t as exciting as we wanted it to be. So, we put it on the shelf for awhile, and it wasn’t until we were developing Captain America: Civil War that we saw an opportunity to introduce the character in a different way – that both served that movie really well, would be a great launching pad for the character, and allow us to do a film that could skip all the origin story pitfalls and just tell a cool story.”
I, for one, am happy to hear this for a couple of reasons. First, I’m thrilled that they’re noticing this pattern in their stories. While those origins are structurally sound, they can only go back to that well so often, right?
This also seems to guarantee that Marvel Studios will continue the trend of changing things up as their universe gets more evolved. While Black Panther could be seen as a bit predictable, it is at least structurally and tonally unique to the MCU, and when all said and done, it’s that kind of approach to each film that will help this universe continue to thrive.
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SOURCE: The Empire Podcast