Captain America: Civil War has to pull off possibly the hardest Marvel mission yet. It not only has to work as a solo Captain America character story, but also it has to be a team movie with stakes so big they threaten to fracture the Marvel cinematic universe as we know it. That last part can't happen without bringing in the largest number of characters yet for a non-Avengers movie, making it basically a role call for everyone we know so far (minus a few exceptions). It's also introducing us to two major characters who will be getting their own solo movies in the not too distant future: Black Panther and Spider-Man.
One thing Marvel Studios does incredibly well is keep an eye on what's just around the corner, which is why at a recent Captain America: Civil War press day, we asked Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige about how they're approaching those solo Black Panther and Spider-Man movies. Specifically, we wanted to know if they were going to be broader superhero movies or if they were going to try to hone in on specific genres.
"What Ryan Coogler is working on right now in the early days of putting that Black Panther film together is a very sweeping sort of geopolitical movie, set within the wonder of Wakanda and the action of the Panther," Feige told us. That's very exciting to hear, particularly the words "the wonder of Wakanda." In the comics Wakanda isn't just the arbitrary homeland of Black Panther, it's a nation unlike any other. It's experienced incredible technological advancements that often outpace the rest of the world and it's great to know Coogler, who is also writing the movie, is embracing what makes Wakanda special.
Feige also confirmed some Spider-Man rumors and how John Hughes classic high school movies are definitely going to be an influence on Peter Parker's next solo movie. And speaking of Spider-Man, when asked about how the new movie would manage introducing us to new versions of characters we've already seen a number of times, Feige revealed the key will be looking back to the comics for inspiration: "The great thing about the Spidey characters is that there are a lot of them. A lot of them have been in other films. A lot of them from the comics haven’t been in other films yet. We’ll do a combination of both."
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016. After that we'll see Spider-Man in his untitled solo movie on July 7, 2017 and then head to Wakanda to for Black Panther on February 16, 2018.
— With reporting by Scott Huver