Marvel Studios: John Boyega as Black Panther? Nova in GoTG? Red Skull & Mandarin? Questions?

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We've seen some interesting news drop recently from Marvel Studios, which almost feels like getting some stuff out of the way while they finalize their big reveals at SDCC 2014.

The first important information to report on is the addition of yet another film to 2018, following Marvel Studios announcement of five new release dates last week. This announcement also confirmed that we will start to see three films a year come 2017, which is incredibly exciting. Marvel Studios swooped in to take over the date of May 4, 2018, which was previously held by The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

John Boyega in Attack the Block Marvel Studios: John Boyega as Black Panther? Nova in GoTG? Red Skull & Mandarin? Questions?A recent announcement by Sony officially confirmed that Sinister Six would release on Nov. 11, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would be pushed back to 2018, removing the fourth sequel from its previously announced date. Marvel wasted no time in taking over the spot, and now has the next five first weekends of May, which is a highly sought after release date.

We are seeing new Star Wars: Episode VII news drop every week, but this week we see a little crossover. John Boyega (Attack the Block), who will star in the newest Star Wars, has tweeted an interesting role he is aiming for, declaring his intent to play Marvel’s Black Panther, who has long been rumored to join the MCU.

While obviously not a confirmation of the role, it’s an interesting thing to drop right before SDCC 2014. Boyega has expressed his interest in the role before, but he does have a pretty big franchise commitment as is, and Marvel has yet to officially confirm any plans for the character of Black Panther.

Kevin Feige revealed two MCU villains we might see more of. Phase One saw the apparent demise of the Red Skull, and Phase Two introduced a version of the Mandarin that had fans at arms, but the return of the Skull and the ‘REAL’ Mandarin might be in the works:

“There have been [talks]. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun [All Hail the King] short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed,” Feige said. “That was to clarify, ‘Hey, just because we did this thing doesn’t mean this other thing doesn’t exist.’ And as we were making Iron Man 3 — and I think Drew’s spoken about this — that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he’s heard.”

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Feige also referenced the climactic ‘death’ of the Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger:

“Well, the way we showed his ‘demise’ in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime,” Feige said. “I honestly don’t know when or where that would be.”

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Again, not a confirmation, but it’s refreshing to know that further plans for these characters do potentially exist. Another recent interview with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – the screenwriters behind our favorite Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldierdiscussed some of their thoughts on adapting these villains:

Christopher Markus: That’s a little tricky because some of them are theoretically very good. Some of them have great concepts but are really tough to pull off visually. Like Flag-Smasher who wants to destroy nations, and that’s a terrorist and seems like a guy you could work with, but he literally has a cape and flies on flying skies, and then you’re like, ‘Ok, do we take away everything?’ and then he’s just a guy and we’re not fully portraying the character. They’re tricky to bring across. I always wanted to do MODOK., but it seems like we’re leaving our grounded political arena way behind when you’ve got a giant floating head on a rocket chair.

Stephen McFeely: Exactly!

Christopher Markus: I’ll do it one day, I’m telling you people!

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And finally, a little taste of what might have been. It was recently revealed that initial drafts of Guardian of the Galaxy featured Richard Rider AKA Nova. Feige discussed his inclusion in the script and why he was ultimately removed:

0 Marvel Studios: John Boyega as Black Panther? Nova in GoTG? Red Skull & Mandarin? Questions?There were some thoughts to it, yes, back in early drafts in the early development stage. But, there was a fork in the road that we came to at one point in the development process where we decided to eliminate Nova and go full-on with Peter Quill’s story.

While his removal might mean Marvel isn’t as interested in the character as we are [Editor's Note: Only Scoot is interested], it could also mean that they are saving the character for his own solo film in the future. A guy can dream.

That wraps up this latest update, just in time for a ton of news to drop at Comic-Con! Be sure to follow us on TwitterInstagram and the GEEK Facebook page to experience SDCC 2014 along with our writers on the ground!


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