Building on that, Fiege said that doing standalone films without a sequel qualifies as a "big gamble" in the current climate, which sees studios coughing up hugely lucrative franchises at an astonishing clip. At the same time, introducing new characters and stories to the forefront is important, too, as to avoid getting caught up in the same, repetitive mire of making different versions of the same movie.
He told EW:
"A lot of studios would love to have four franchises that they can keep doing sequels to. We specifically didn’t want to do that, because we wanted to keep bringing new characters to the forefront, because there’s an embarrassment of riches in the comic books."
For Black Panther stans, this is exciting news, but for Marvel, it's a no-brainer: When your movie has made nearly $1 billion in less than a month, you'd be wise to double or even triple-down on that revenue stream.