Not long ago, once Marvel Studios had proved itself as a major player in the summer tentpole game, a slate was released for all of the upcoming films from the new studio. Fans relished the thought of seeing Thor, Captain America and The Avengers on the big screen. Well, after this summer only one new film on that slate will be left (The Avengers) and audiences are left wondering: what will Marvel do next? Thankfully, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently talked about the future of the studio and what flicks are on the horizon.
In addition to confirming sequels for Thor and Captain America (set in modern-day, no less) he discussed possible spinoffs for Black Widow, Hawkeye and S.H.I.E.L.D as well as the long-talked-about Dr. Strange movie. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
A new clip from Thor has been released, and it gives us our first glimpse of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. The clip showcases a fight between Thor and a guard in the rain. We get a very brief, and a little awkward, look at Hawkeye. The shot feels very much like it was filmed later and inserted into the scene. However, we’re seeing this clip completely out of context, so it’s hard to judge. Nevertheless, I’m still looking forward to seeing the film in its entirety.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Thor hits theaters in 3D on May 6th.
When it comes to Marvel casting this week, we’re getting incrementally closer to the real thing. The Josh Holloway item was just a rumor. Neil McDonough is “in talks” to play Dum Dum Dugan. But Jeremy Renner has been talking to Marvel about playing Clint Barton for some time, and now the actor is in “final negotiations” to join The Avengers as Hawkeye.
Renner’s star rose considerably over the last year after his Oscar-nominated turn in The Hurt Locker, which opened up such opportunities as Peter Berg’s adaptation of Battleship and Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled opus on religion. Renner seems to have passed on Battleship, and the Anderson film could take awhile to come together, so the actor remains a free agent ready to don Hawkeye’s purple bow. More after the jump:
Of the massive ensemble that Lost employed over the last six years, I think Josh Holloway is in the best position to vault into stardom after the show ended its run last week. His manly brand of Southern swagger is suited to fill a void in a Hollywood that often looks overseas for rugged masculinity (see Jason Statham, Sam Worthington, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe).
It seems Marvel took notice: it is rumored that the studio talking with Holloway about starring in an upcoming film. There’s no word on which character he might play, but it is exciting news nonetheless. Marvel Studios is really the place to be if you’re looking to launch a film career (though the pay might not be great). Hit the jump for speculation on roles that might fit the Holloway profile, including Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Dum Dum Dugan.