Marvel Studios seems to be on a constant buzz of activity, the better to keep their nigh-meticulously crafted Marvel Cinematic Universe of films going from one installment to the next. This year alone will see the consecutive releases of no less than three MCU flicks: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in May, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in July, and “Thor: Ragnarok” in November. One would think that the film studio, now a separate entity from its parent Marvel Entertainment (which includes the original Marvel Comics and its television media arm) under direct oversight of Disney, already has a full plate to digest. But a special visit for the media in their studio facilities is an eye-opener of epic proportions on just how much Marvel Studios and its chief Kevin Feige has cooked up well in advance.
As The Hollywood Reporter tells it, Marvel Studios held a special sort of “open house” less than a month before “Guardians Vol. 2” makes to hit movie screens worldwide, when on Monday April 17 they invited a group of journalists to take a look at their headquarters within the larger Walt Disney Studios complex in Burbank, California. This was a prime opportunity for the media to get a real inside scoop on Marvel Studio’s filmmaking activities and what other surprises are in store for MCU fans in the coming years.
With the triple punch of Marvel movies already in place for 2017, the elements that the journalists tried to prioritize zeroing in on are any clues as to what future MCU installments have in store. It’s already set that the first movie of the line in 2018 is the “Black Panther” solo starring Chadwick Boseman. His character of T’Challa, the titular Black Panther, has already appeared in May 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”, where he takes up his costumed identity to avenge the death of his father, the king of Wakanda in Africa. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito told reporters that the film only had two days of regular shooting left as of April 17 and showed them some of the dailies (raw film reels). The plot of “Black Panther” focuses on T’Challa’s ascension as king, which is fraught with dangers of domestic and international natures. One of the antagonists is Ulysses Klaue from 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, reprised by Andrew Serkis.
Other teases that were laid out for the visitors to geek over are the proposed costume for Josh Brolin in his role as Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” for May 2018, and concept art showcased by director Peyton Reed for the planned sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd. Entitled “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, filming is projected to start this July, and is earmarked for a possible July 2018 release.
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