Originally Posted by ShredderX
"He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values...but it's a little more difficult, maybe, creating (a world like Wakanda). It's always easier basing it here (America). For instance, 'Iron Man 3' is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you're always faced with those difficulties." - Marvel Co-President Louis D' Esposito @ SDCC Marvel panel on why Marvel won't make a Black Panther film
Sounds like a major cop-out from Marvel. You can create a fictional place like Asgard, but Wakanda is difficult ? The African Kingdom of " Coming to America ", was basically Wakanda, just add a big panther statue and some high tech vehicles and buildings.
Yeah, we're discussing this in another thread, too. What's even more bullcrap is that he had just finished calling Guardians of the Galaxy (which of course was announced the next day) "a great concept."
Even if they have no plans to make a BP film at this point in the MCU, he still should have been excited to talk about it/optimistic about the prospects. He practically gave away before the Iron Man 3 panel that Black Panther would not be the second 2014 movie. And he also gave a weak-ass explanation for it.
But maybe I'm wrong. I mean no irony in saying that maybe where Hollywood is these days, it really is
easier to make a space adventure movie with a badass raccoon and a walking tree than it is to depict Wakanda in a way that seems plausible and modern yet steeped in fictional tradition. Maybe Marvel wants to be culturally sensitive and put lots of research into all different African countries/customs/values systems before they make some potentially terrible decisions. There is no reference point for Asgard besides Kirby and maybe Shakespeare. Because there are certain reference points for Wakanda, perhaps an American movie studio would want to make sure that Wakanda wasn't some ignorant projection of American/Westernized ideas of what nations in Africa are like.