Thanks to Black Panther‘s success, Marvel Studios is looking to tell more diverse stories. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Black Panther‘s success has helped embolden the studio to focus on these stories.
“It was the path that we were heading in any way because they’re great stories from the comics. The success of Black Panther, like a lot of things with the history of Marvel Studios, has just emboldened us to just continue doing that and to continue heading forward with that. And you’re bringing it to a great point that that’s what genre films are,” he told ComingSoon.net. “That’s what I loved about genre films–science fiction films is you’re telling these very serious, very real stories — the X-Men are a great example of that — any great science fiction stories where you’re dealing with things like alien races or wars but you’re really talking about contemporary society. You’re really talking about people which is what I love.”
“Empathy is a great word that you’re saying and Ryan Coogler used to say something great when people would ask him, ‘Will non-people of color be able to see this movie?’ and he was like ‘Yes. I’ve watched white characters for so long and connected with them,’” he added.
According to Feige, Black Panther proved that audiences will show up to films featuring diverse leads, and that Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel will also prove that to be true. “Even in rough dailies of Captain Marvel and seeing what Brie [Larson] is doing in that costume, even before the effects are on. Seeing her flying, using her powers, you get inspired by that,” he said. “I sit up and wanna feel more heroic when I see her doing these things. And I think that’s the audience-film relationship. And it’s going to work and including someday in the future with the other characters you mentioned: [Kamala Khan, Miles Morales and America Chavez].”
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp — the next MCU film — stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, and Walton Goggins. The film arrives in theaters on July 6.