Up until now it’s been a case of ‘so far, so good’ when it comes to Marvel’s release slate, with nary a box office bomb or glaring critical dud to be found. That largely extends to production schedules as well, though in brokering a deal with Sony for Spider-Man not to mention the somewhat unexpected announcement of Ant Man and the Wasp, the studio has reshuffled its superhero deck since first rolling out the schedule two years ago.
Of those films affected by the internal switcheroo were the languishing Captain Marvel and Inhumans, which were bumped to November 2, 2018 and July 12, 2019, respectively, once Tom Holland’s Peter Parker swung onto the scene.
How and ever, when it comes to the latter feature, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has conceded that the release date of Inhumans is subject to change.
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Speaking to Collider, Feige pointed to both Spider-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp as major factors, along with Disney’s decision to slot Indiana Jones 5 into a primetime 2019 release window.
Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.
Switching gears to another project barrelling down the MCU pipeline and Feige also provided a status report on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther movie. Welcoming Chadwick Boseman’s Wakandan prince into the spotlight, the executive confirmed that Coogler – fresh off his success with last year’s Creed – is co-writing the solo movie.
“We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”
Black Panther is currently much closer to seeing the light of day, with Ryan Coogler’s standalone feature due to drop on February 16, 2018. At the time of writing, Inhumans remains attached to July 12, 2019, and we’ll update you if and when that due date changes.