Marvel’s Post-AVENGERS Slate Includes ANT-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THE INHUMANS

     September 30, 2011

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While Marvel has been pretty upfront about their slate of films in the past, giving audiences a long lead-in to the far off films like Thor and Captain America, their next slate of movies after The Avengers has been much more quiet. Now it looks like the cat’s been let out of the bag, as Marvel’s next five movies after their all-star superhero flick includes: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Inhumans. We knew about Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, as they both had release dates, and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man had been up in the air for a while, but the other two are relatively new additions. Hit the jump for the details.

As you may or may not know, Entertainment Weekly’s cover story this week includes lots of Avengers images and quotes, but tucked away inside the issue was information on Marvel’s other upcoming films. io9 (via SlashFilm) got their hands on the issue a little early, and grabbed the rundown of Marvel’s slate.

There’s really no new information on Iron Man 3. Shane Black is taking over as director, Robert Downey Jr. is (obviously) back as the star, and the film is poised for release on May 3, 2013.

Not much on Thor 2 either than the confirmation that Patty Jenkins is indeed in talks to direct. Also another hint at the universe expanding to “other worlds” than Tom Hiddleston revealed to Steve during their interview last week.

Regarding Ant-Man, Kevin Feige says that writer/director Edgar Wright “developed an excellent draft recently.” EW cautions that things are still “nebulous” but definitely in the works. Wright is co-writing the film with Joe Cornish and is poised to direct.

We reported in August that Marvel was developing a Guardians of the Galaxy film, and Feige confirms that they’re definitely working on it: “There’s an opportunity to do a big space epic, which Thor sort of hints at, in the cosmic side of the [Marvel] universe.” For those unfamiliar, the story centers on a group of alien beings in the 31st century who are each the last of their kind. They eventually travel back in time and interact with 20th century Marvel characters

The studio is also developing an Inhumans feature. The comic tells the story of a group of beings who were the result of experiments by the alien species Kree to create a race of super soldiers. The aliens abandoned their test subjects, and the “inhuman” mutants formed their own society. Feige says that if either Guardians or Inhumans becomes a movie, it would be an X-Men style ensemble a la The Avengers.

So there you have it. It sounds like Marvel is responding to the success of Thor and going more other-worldly with its features. It’s not a bad idea, as there’s only so much you can do on Earth. Obviously, things could change or there could be a different project unmentioned here that comes to fruition first (Dr. Strange anyone?), but this certainly looks like the direction Marvel is headed.

Here’s a scan of the article (via CBM):

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