September 30, 2011


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):


  • Rockslide

    I’d really like to see a Dr. Strange before Guardians or Inhumans. Those are both more like D tier titles. Its too bad so many of their A and B tier characters are off at other studios.

  • Mr.Rich 316

    Live action/cgi Planet Hulk maybe?

  • Justin

    Come on Guardians of the Galaxy! I want to see some Groot and Rocket Racoon action going on on the big screen.

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  • Alexa

    It’d be kind of nice to get a movie with a female superhero for once. I get that most of their really popular superheroines are X-Men and so still at Fox, but what about Hellcat or Misty Knight and Colleen Wing or She-Hulk or Ms. Marvel or Black Widow? Or whatever happened to that Runaways movie that was supposed to be happening?

    • Tenebrous

      Hellcat and Misty Knight would be sorta ridiculous, and not very entertaining.

      Black Widow is in this movie..

      She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel are characters that would need a well established origin story/film in order to work properly on the big screen.

      Apparently Marvel is still actively progressing the Runaways film. My belief is that once they establish a decent standing with the public, people will rush to see their next installment in the MCU.

      • Alexa

        She-Hulk is Bruce Banner’s lawyer cousin who needs a blood transfusion. That’s like a five minute origin.

        And I’m saying why not spin-off a Black Widow movie?

        And I’m going to pretend you didn’t imply that a Misty Knight/Colleen Wing Daughters of the Dragon movie would be anything other than an awesomesauce kung fu-blaxploitation buddy cop/bounty hunter movie ;)

    • epitaz

      The problem is (and this may sound bad) female heroes in the lead role don’t make money. They don’t do big box office ( Elektra, Supergirl, Sucker Punch, Tank Girl ) and little girls don’t buy action figures. Collectors will buy the girl figures but little boys don’t care for the girl figures. I’ld love a Daughters of the Dragon movie but I just don’t think there’s enough of a cash grab there. That’s why all female characters appear in the films as secondary and part of a group or team.

      • Alexa

        Supergirl and Tank Girl were too long ago to count among the modern market, Elektra was a mediocre spin-off of a mediocre (male) superhero movie, and Sucker Punch was too experimental.

        I’m going to pretend you didn’t just say that girls don’t buy dolls ;)

        Seriously though, all this stuff about how “female led action movies don’t sell” is all self-fulfilling prophecy as long as Hollywood keeps making ones that suck.

      • epitaz

        I never said girls don’t buy dolls, I said they don’t buy action figures, there’s a difference. When you go shopping for toys for kids the dolls and action figures are in two completely different aisles. You don’t often see girls wondering down the action figure aisle or boys looking around the dolls aisle. As for making a female led superhero movie is a hard sell mostly because of how the women are drawn. MOST women aren’t going to sit and watch a two hour movie with a shapely women in a tight fitting and somewhat revealing outfit ( for a feminist Carol Danvers shows off alot of ass in her costume ). By that same token there are alot of guys ( and they know who they are ) who would rather wait for the dvd and watch in the privacy of their own home for the same reasons women won’t watch ( tight revealing costumes ). Comic books are still MOSTLY a guys world and I don’t think alot of guys take female characters too seriously, mostly just eye candy. It sounds bad yes but it’s still a hard truth.

  • Daniel

    If Marvel doesn’t make a Dr. Strange movie next, and if Johnny Depp does not play Dr. Strange, it will be the biggest fumble they ever make.

    • epitaz

      I read somewhere that there is a Dr. Strange in the works and Patrick Dempsey is lobbying for the role which might not be too bad.

    • The Train!

      i always wanted vincent d’onofrio for dr. strange.

      • Steven

        Going after the biggest name actor is not always the best bet, especially if he either doesn’t fit the role (which Depp does) or the script isnt up to snuff. I would be more worried about who is writing the movie first. I think I could find a lesser known to play Strange well if the script and direction are good.


  • thoughtwave

    I’ve got to say, I’m really surprised with Marvel’s post-Avengers film line up. It seemed like the natural progression would be Black Panther, Doctor Strange and/or Iron Fist. Ok, Ant-Man makes sense, but I hate the character (and Wasp) :P …But, Guardians of the Galaxy? Huh? Anyway, Black Panther: I’m not even much of a fan-but the concept seems so f’ing OBVIOUS for a “blockbuster” that hasn’t quite been done before. I kind of assumed Marvel’s post-Avenger’s “plan” would be to set up NEW solo franchises to build towards an Avengers 2 with a new line-up. It makes perfect business sense (granted, of course- the Avengers is a success-which it will be). Marvel Studio’s success has been practically founded on the built-in fan buzz of each film’s shared continuity. Why would you fuck with that formula? So their big plan post-Avengers is to do more Team films? …of Super-Teams the fans themselves don’t give a shit about? Weak.

  • Sugreev2001

    When will they freaking confirm Dr.Strange and Captain America 2 already !?

  • Ash Talon

    This doesn’t really sound like confirmation of anything. We knew they were developing Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Inhumans is new. However, it doesn’t sound like these are set-in-stone as the next 3 movies after Thor 2.

    They’ve been mumbling about getting Ant-Man drafts for years now. And we haven’t heard anything about GotG getting to the script stage yet.

    I still think Dr. Strange will be in 2014, since we know they have a script and are shopping for director already. I think 2014 will be Dr. Strange and Cap 2. Nothing in this article convinces me otherwise.

    BTW, GotG has real potential to stand out, though. A space epic that isn’t Star Wars or Star Trek? Count me in!

  • Steven

    I guess X-Men is not under direct Marvel control otherwise I would think a follow up to X-Men First Class would be on the books for the next couple of years.


  • migz13

    Marvel is missing out on some of it’s more popular titles.
    Luke Cage, Black Panther, Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboot?

  • BMcNeal

    Not sure how much I believe this because the last I heard, Marvel and Disney were gearing up for Doctor Strange, which is not even mentioned in the story.

  • pi

    i don’t understand what’s taking Edgar Wright so long to FINALLY make ANT-MAN. he was already finished with Scott Pilgrim last year, and he has already made several drafts for ANTMAN. i think there’s something more to this story. maybe he has ideas that Marvel doesn’t like. oh fuck, i’d loose interest in that film if Edgar Wright drops out. i don’t know anything about Ant-man, but i love Wright’s films(especially the first two with Pegg)

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