Nate Moore has come a long way before he became an executive producer on Captain America: Civil War and the much anticipated Black Panther. Having started his time at Marvel with the writer’s program back in 2009, and being the one who gave Anthony Mackie his chance to play the memorable Falcon. He was certainly one of the voices that pushed for T’Challa to get his own film, which will finally pay off next year. In an interview with Complex, the producer discussed some aspects of the upcoming films and potential future we can expect from Marvel Studios.
With the studios new direction in publishing three films a year they have quite a lot of productions ahead of them, especially with Avengers: Infinity War and its unnamed sequel being filmed one after another. Considering that aspect, he was asked on how it is working on two movies a year.
It doesn’t change drastically but each one is a different beast, mostly because of the people involved. The director, the writer, the department heads—everybody’s always going to bring something new. Schedule-wise, we have a pretty good idea how we’d like the movies to come together but there is a difference between trying to launch a new property like Doctor Strange or Ant-Man versus doing a sequel. With new characters, you tend to learn things about them along the way. Recurring characters, you know them better so story and character beats come easier. But in some ways, it’s trickier because we have to find new ways to tell stories about Tony Stark or Steve Rogers or Thor that people haven’t seen before.
It certainly seems like the small studio has quite a lot of work on their hands. Furthermore, it does sound like them switching between brand new franchises and sequels, which may also be a reason why they are striving for a good balance between them, such as their upcoming slate consisting of a sequel followed by a new franchise starter. This year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 started off the year for Marvel’s co-production Spider-Man: Homecoming and ending it with Thor: Ragnarok. Especially that last entry also highlights them trying to tell new stories with existing characters. The mention of Stark and Rogers could also open up the possibility that we may see a fourth entry into these character’s stories. Great stories and characters do seem to be their focus when going into a production.
We want to tell the best stories with the strongest developed characters and scripts that we can. Our biggest concern is that, in trying to get more characters out there, we rush something that’s not ready and we deliver something that’s not up to our standards. So it’s less about us rushing a character that’s diverse to get it out quickly and more about figuring out how to do it right.
The actor also discussed the advantage of using Marvel’s long-line of established characters. One thing that has been long established is that Marvel Studios’ has a knack for finding new and upcoming talent to portray their latest heroes. Their latest casting of Tom Holland as Spider-Man certainly highlights this attempt at giving new faces a chance in the industry.
I think an upshot with Marvel is that our characters and brand are both big enough where we’re not limited to just using actors and actresses who’ve done a ton of movies. We work with big name actors but we’re not under the pressure of saying that we have to work with, say, Matt Damon or Will Smith, or no one’s going to want to see this new idea. Hollywood is a bit agnostic as far as race and gender. They’re just trying to get as many people as possible to see movies so they just want faces that get people into seats, frankly. And because there aren’t as many roles for people of different ethnicities, you tend to see a lot of guys like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio who are super talented, but who maybe aren’t as diverse as other actors out there.
Moore also discusses the importance of the Fast & Furious franchise, as it not only supports a diverse cast but also offers fresh faces an opportunity to make a name worldwide. He highligihts that there is a strong movement towards diversity, especially in film and TV like How To Get Away with Murder or Scandal. This certainly highlighted by Marvel’s casting of Homecoming and the upcoming release of Black Panther.
Moore also pointed out that thanks to their in-house production, they are able to keep the story lines interconnected and are able to plan out in accordance, as evidenced by his comments about the plot of Black Panther. This point also highlights why there are many issues with the crossover with Marvel TV, which is an external production unit for the company. There is still hope that we could see them crossover at one point in the future, which was another important part of the interview.
Yes. So we’re finishing up what we call Phase 3, which will sort of end with the fourth Avengers film in 2019. And then I think for us, we continue that conversation of, what’s next? Who will be the new heroes who can tell great new stories and bring us to new worlds that we haven’t even had a chance to visit yet, while still expanding on the slate of heroes we have and finding the next step for characters people have come to love? We’re looking for the next best story. And then we let the story tell us what we should be making as part of that one united narrative in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There certainly seems to be a strong focus on establishing new characters in the future, which is quite evident in Phase 3 with the releases of Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Panther and the new Spider-Man. Another important aspect is how storytelling allows for their various characters to appear in other franchises, such as Black Widow’s first appearance in Iron Man 2. There is the potential that we could see this happen once more.
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.
It is motivating to see that they are taking the fan’s into consideration when telling their stories surrounding the many characters at their disposal and potential franchises. The aspect of plunging into new worlds makes sense in connection with the potential expansion into a much larger cosmic side of the universe. While not much is revealed or hinted at, Marvel Studios certainly will not lose its momentum with the end of Phase 3 and it will be quite interesting to see what direction we can expect from them.