Superhero Buzz: Black Panther Is in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and What’s Next for the MCU

Thanks to Wonder Woman, DC owns the superhero movie discussions of late, but there are still some kernels for conversation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe here and there. Check out the latest on The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming and more below.

Black Panther Teaser Poster Drops Ahead of First Trailer

Check out the first teaser poster for Black Panther, in theaters February 2018. The first teaser trailer is set to arrive during game four of the NBA Finals Friday night.

Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War

We’ve heard before that T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), would be part of the massive ensemble in Avengers: Infinity War, but now we have confirmation thanks to the below image posted to Twitter by Boseman.

There’s probably something to speculate in that this is his first call to the set, which so far has already involved the likes of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

They’ve all been seen at Pinewood Studios, while this is an outdoor location and might also be the production’s debuts for Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Evans (Captain America), whose chairs are also pictured. Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters on May 4, 2018.

Here we go…

— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) June 8, 2017

After Marvel Phase Three?

Beyond Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel has Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), followed by Captain Marvel with Brie Larson joining the franchise (March 8, 2019), then the untitled Avengers 4 (May 3, 2019), another Spider-Man (July 5, 2019) and at some point Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

That seems like a good amount of movies to look forward to, but not only do the fans always want to be a step ahead but so does the studio want to be well-planned for the future. Well, MCU executive producer Nate Moore isn’t dishing on anything, if he even knows what’s next past 2019 and the end of Phase Three, which Avengers 4 will close out.

But he does have some hints at what they’re continuing to be interested in. From an interview with Complex:

At Marvel, the fans are at the forefront of our minds when we talk about development. What does our audience want and how do we give it to them in a way that’s unexpected? What do they want to see? What can we show them that they don’t know they want to see, but that we think they’ll really respond to? And a big part of that is plunging into new worlds with characters that offer a different flavor than what people are used to. Those are the stories that we want to explore.

That all sounds like Marvel is looking for the next lesser known but sure-to-be-popular characters, similar to Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy prior to their hit movies. So, if you want to predict what Phase Four of the MCU will entail, look at the cool minor and obscure superheroes in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Also, this additional bit from the interview hints that they’re going to try out other fun team-ups like we’ll be seeing in Thor: Ragnarok:

It’s all driven by storytelling and that tends to mean you get to intersect characters in a fun way. Black Widow’s an interesting example. She was introduced in Iron Man 2, then she was in The Avengers, and the next time you see her is Captain America: Winter Soldier, so it’s almost impartial and more ends up being, where is her story best served? Having that kind of flexibility with the characters is fun because then it’s not about having to bring everyone back because contractually it needs to happen. Instead it’s saying, wouldn’t it be cool if this story collided with that story and gave us this whole new angle?

Tom Holland’s Favorite Spider-Man: Homecoming Stunt

In the meantime, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the next MCU installment, coproduced by Sony, we can look forward to, and to help hype the upcoming blockbuster, star Tom Holland has some talent to show off. The young actor, who made his debut as Peter Parker, aka Spidey, in Captain America: Civil War, earned the role in part because of his athleticism.

Now we see his physical aptitude is being put to good use in his first solo venture. The behind-the-scenes stunt showcase below appears to be from part of a fight sequence against the supervillain Vulture (Michael Keaton), as teased at the beginning of the clip. We can see the result of his work on the big screen starting July 7.