An interview with Complex revealed that we were all set to get a black superhero film in MCU even before Black Panther. The interview featured Black Panther’s co-writer Joe Robert Cole, who apart from other topics, also talked about his stint as a part of Marvel Studios’ writer program.
The program is aimed to let writers from outside the studio world, generally from the “indie” world to join in and create stories based on the MCU. This is the place where the uncharacteristic Marvel movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok were written.
Contrary to most writers, Cole entered the program bypassing some norms and eventually pitched a War Machine movie concept. Sadly, the idea had to be scrapped due to the way the Iron-Man three had ended. During this interview with Complex, Cole didn’t reveal any details about what his concept was, but, let’s hope to find out someday.
How did you get involved with the Marvel Studios’ writer program?
I got into the program in a different way than everyone else that I know that was in it. From what I understand about the normal process is that you apply, I think by submitting a spec screenplay of some kind, they meet with you and then make their decision from there. I had written a Chinatown-style cop script, and they met with me about it. At that meeting, they also said they were thinking of doing a War Machine movie. I pitched a concept and won that job to write the script, but they decided, based on what Iron Man 3 was going to be, they weren’t going to do War Machine anymore. But they asked if I’d be interested in joining their writer’s program instead.
You can check Cole’s complete interview at Complex.com, featuring a great deal of fascinating trivia related to his career and the direction in which it is headed.
Black Panther currently has a 99% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and it will release in theaters on the coming Friday.