When the recent Black Panther trailer hit, there seemed to be two things the internet noticed. One: “My dear God, this looks amazing”. Two: “Wait… this again!?”
In case you missed it, the latest Black Panther trailer shows off the villain Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in a golden Black Panther costume, squaring off against T’Challa. You may recognize a similar villain in the first Iron Man. Yet again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was also done in Ed Norton’s The Incredible Hulk (which is technically canon). There have been many expressing frustration over Marvel Studios returning to the same themes over, and over. What does the head honcho over at Marvel Studios think of this? In an interview with Uproxx, Kevin Feige took the time to address the criticism:
“I think it’s just the way we make the movies. I think all the movies are relatively different. I think there’s a narrative that people like to write about because they’re all produced by the same team and they all inhabit the same fictional cinematic universe. That we look for common similarities. And I’m not saying there aren’t common similarities throughout it, but I think Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming are two totally different types of movies. They’re both fun. People both enjoy them. Is that a similarity? If so, I’ll take it. If that’s a criticism, I’ll take that, too. But really, yeah, Homecoming, Ragnarok, Panther, into Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp after that. And a ’90s-set Captain Marvel after that; these are six very different movies. If what they have in common is they’re all really enjoyable and fun to watch, then I’ll take it.”
Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe tread familiar ground at times? Sure. But there are also quite a few risks taken. Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, and the massive Avengers: Infinity War could all stand as examples of Marvel trying something different. What do you think? Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe becoming predictable? Let us know in the comments!
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