Back in my younger days, I wasn’t really a huge fan of ANY comic superheroes. I just know Superman and Batman. Well who wouldn’t? They have appeared in series of television shows that were aired repeatedly over and over again. I think they were also the first comic characters to appear in movies. Batman movie in 1966 and Superman in 1978, gosh I wasn’t even born during that time! Then came their Part 2s, Part3s and so on… I lost count on how many movies there are in total for just these 2 characters alone. Or perhaps I just didn’t really care at all…
But that was before… things were different now. Blame it to huge productions, amazing CGIs & special effects and awesome marketing campaigns. They keep getting better & better every time! They were so awesome and I totally LOVE it!
And to make it even more exciting, here is the summary list of upcoming films based on Marvel characters. The line-up looks so amazing! Wonder if there will also be similar line-up for rival DC comics? Hmm let’s find out soon! 🙂
Iron Man 3
Release Date: May 3, 2013 (United States); April 26, 2013 (United Kingdom); April 25, 2013 (International) Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures Director: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Screenwriters: Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Shane Black Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce The Scoop: Consider this one signed, sealed and delivered. Both Downey and Black have gone on record saying that they’re aiming to make up for the rushed, haphazard Iron Man 2 and have a more cohesive and challenging story in play this time around. In this one, Downey’s Tony Stark/Iron Man finally meets his comics arch-nemesis The Mandarin (played by Kingsley), while also looping in the adversaries of Warren Ellis and Adi Granov’s “Extremis” story-arc which served, stylistically, as the touchstone for the original movie. As the first movie in Marvel’s Phase Two, Iron Man 3 has a lot to prove.
Release Date: July 26, 2013 (United States); July 25, 2013 (Australia); July 24, 2013 (International) Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: James Mangold (Walk The Line; 3:10 To Yuma) Screenwriters: Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher; X-Men; The Usual Suspects), Mark Bomback (Total Recall; Live Free or Die Hard), Scott Frank (Minority Report) Actors: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee The Scoop: After X-Men Origins: Wolverine I wasn’t high on the idea of a sequel despite my love for the character and Hugh Jackman’s work, but damned if they haven’t seemed to have turned it around. With Mangold on board and Jackman firmly guiding the movie as a producer and star, The Wolverine looks to be just the kind of standalone unencumbered story the character, and the X-Men franchise, need.
Thor: The Dark World
Release Date: November 8, 2013 Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures Director: Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones; Mad Men; The Sopranos) Screenwriters: Christopher Yost (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!), Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger; Pain & Gain) Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje The Scoop: Although losing Kenneth Branagh as director was a big blow, veteran TV helmer Alan Taylor is a bold choice. Seeing him and the screenwriters push into the darker parts of Asgard with Malekith the Accursed and the dark elves is emboldened storytelling, and one I can’t wait to see on screen. With the recent Conan remake performing so poorly at the box office, these Thor movies could be the Conan of our generation — and then some!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release Date: May 2, 2014 Studio: Sony Pictures Director: Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man; (500) Days of Summer) Screenwriters: Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), Robert Orci (Star Trek), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe; Lost) Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti (in talks), Shailene Woodley The Scoop: I lost a bet when The Amazing Spider-Man turned out as good as it was. I’m a fan of Webb’s work, but I had a certain bit of loyalty and respect for Sam Raimi. Color me wrong. Now with this second movie, Webb moves to really cement himself with Spider-Man and he’s got a great set of cast additions from Jamie Foxx as Electro to possibly Paul Giamatti as Rhino to make his dreams (and mine) come true.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release Date: April 4, 2014 Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Director: Anthony and Joe Russo (Community; Arrested Development) Screenwriters: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenge; Pain & Gain) Actors: Chris Evans, Emily VanCamp, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo The Scoop: Although I was hoping for a little more World War II action for Cap, this plot has the potential to be a different kind of great. Fast-forwarding, history-wise and comic-wise, this story picks up right after the events of The Avengers and promises to show Evans’ Captain America finding out that his dead partner Bucky Barnes is in fact alive and working as a brainwashed assassin. Taking its cues from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s seminal story-arc of the same name, this movie also promises to see long-time Cap ally the Falcon join the fun, as well as Cap’s long-time foe Crossbones. With the unconventional directing choice and this thoroughly modern story, this Marvel outing has the biggest question marks — it could be very risky, but also potentially very rewarding.
The Avengers 2
Release Date: May 1, 2015 Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Director: Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) Screenwriters: Joss Whedon Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson The Scoop: Not much has been announced on this front, but what we do know is good news: Joss Whedon is returning to write and direct. There’s conjecture that the scene-stealing appearance of Thanos in the mid-credits scene in The Avengers puts him at the center of this sequel, but Marvel’s remaining mum on if he will play a central role in The Avengers 2 or perhaps this film will be used to bring Thanos into Guardians of the Galaxy. Who knows — maybe both. Even if Thanos isn’t at the center of this, The Avengers have a bountiful selection of adversaries and storylines to pull from to thrill the audience.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release Date: July 18, 2014 Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: Bryan Singer (X-Men; Superman Returns; The Usual Suspects) Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class; Kick-Ass), Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes; This Means War) Actors: Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian Mckellan, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage The Scoop: You could say that Bryan Singer made superhero movies fashionable again when he directed the first X-Men film back in 2000. Now he’s back to direct what could be the most globe-trotting and time-spanning superhero story of all time: “Days Of Future Past,” based on the classic story by John Byrne and Chris Claremont. It’s one of those story concepts that fans have been clamoring to see brought to life for years, but also one that given its scope was thought to be nigh unfilmable. Luckily, special effects have grown and Singer’s bringing in a who’s who of previous X-Men movie characters to make it work.
The Fantastic Four
Release Date: March 6, 2015 Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: Josh Trank (Chronicle) Screenwriters: Unknown Actors: None announced The Scoop: The first two Fantastic Four movies left a lot to be desired, but after seeing X-Men: First Class and The Amazing Spider-Man pick up after some lackluster earlier films, Fox went ahead and hired upstart director Josh Trank to reboot the franchise. Nothing else has been announced about the movie in terms of plot, cast, or even screenwriters, but one thing stands out: Fox is very pointedly bringing up the fact they also control the X-Men films and are considering having those films and this Fantastic Four film connect like the Marvel Studios films. Let that percolate in your head for a while.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Date: August 1, 2014 Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Director: James Gunn (Super; Slither) Screenwriters: Nicole Perlman, Chris McCoy, James Gunn Actors: Chris Pratt The Scoop: To borrow a word from the other side of the Marvel U, Guardians of the Galaxy is probably the biggest gambit for Marvel Studios since they self-financed their way into the first Iron Man movie. The Guardians of the Galaxy is a group of C-list characters (in terms of sales and their previous treatment in Marvel’s comics), who Marvel hopes have the potential to be just as big as their other superhero team. With filming set to begin later this year in the UK, look for more news on casting and about the film’s plot any day now.
Release Date: November 6, 2015 Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures Director: Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World; Shaun of the Dead) Screenwriters: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) Actors: None Announced The Scoop: Like an ant riding on your pants leg, Ant-Man is is the little movie that could. Originally announced back in 2006 with Wright already on-board to write and direct, it wasn’t until 2010 that the movie was officially greenlit. Rumored to cover both the original Ant-Man Hank Pym as well as Scott Lang, this film promises to have a bit more humor than most of its other Marvel Studios colleagues, but it also the most potential for wide-eyed majesty given Ant-Man’s powers. Just please, no Honey I Shrunk the Kids jokes.
Release Date: Unannounced Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Director: Tim Miller (Opening credits for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (US)) Screenwriters: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese (Zombieland) Actors: Ryan Reynolds The Scoop: One of the best parts of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie was Ryan Reynold’s portrayal of Deadpool, and soon after that movie came out and made a lot of money, the idea of a spin-off was even more popular than the idea of a sequel. Now with some cooling off time (and Green Lantern) between then and now, the idea of a second Reynolds-led superhero movie looks a little less promising. But with special effects director Tim Miller penciled in to direct, this could pop up as a dark horse candidate and become a big movie in 2014 or after.
If you think Marvel’s comic book division are good at teasing, then you’re discounting the wily Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios. After years of on-again, off-again Doctor Strange movie hints, Fiege promised last month that the one-time Sorcerer Supreme would be involved with Phase Three of Marvel’s movie plans, putting it right in line after The Avengers 2 and Ant-Man. Now, we just have to wait.
Ideas for Marvel movies have been tossed around like popcorn in those little bins at the movie concession stand (some by me in my Monday column Comic Book Casting), but Marvel themselves have dropped more than their fair share of movie ideas over the years. The biggest of all was an adaptation of The Runaways, which went so far as hiring a director and some cast before being mothballed so the studio could devote its time to The Avengers. But with them now planning movies five (and possibly 10) years out, Runaways could easily find its way back on the schedule.
In 2010, Marvel met with filmmakers about shooting small-budgeted movies based on secondary heroes like Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, the Inhumans, Dazzler, Power Pack, and the aforementioned Doctor Strange. And before that they hired a think tank group of young screenwriters to develop potential feature film platforms for the likes of Black Panther, Iron Fist, Vision, Cable, and even Nighthawk.
The Avengers Spin-Offs
Marvel Studios has also reportedly thought about giving a starring chance (a third chance for some) to The Avengers without active movies: the most widely talked about has been Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, but there has also been talk about films featuring Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury. Samuel L. Jackson has talked briefly about the prospects of doing a Nick Furymovie down the road, and that could still be on the table despite the forthcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series.
Blade, Daredevil, and The Punisher
Possibly the biggest X-factor of all (no pun intended), is the various Marvel movies whose rights, once owned by outside studios, have reverted back to Marvel. Somewhat quietly, Marvel Studios had reportedly re-acquired the movie rights to Blade, The Punisher, and Daredevil so they too could possibly be vetted for feature film do-overs, or perhaps even a surprise appearance in one of the near-dozen Marvel movies mentioned above.
The Scoop: Just whatever you do, don’t mention a new Ghost Rider movie.
Which of the upcoming Marvel movies are you anticipating most? 🙂