The release of Iron Man 3 kicked off Marvel’s Phase Two with a bang, as the Shane Black-directed film opened to the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time—second only to Marvel’s The Avengers. Now the studio looks ahead to the future, and while we have a number of sequels headed our way in the immediate future (Thor 2, Captain America 2, The Avengers 2), the studio is also planning to branch out with new feature film adaptations of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe becomes more widely populated, fans have been wondering whether supporting characters from the previous films will get their day in the sun with their own spinoffs.
Steve recently spoke with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for an extended interview, and during the course of their conversation Steve asked Feige if anyone at Marvel was currently developing any spinoff films for War Machine or Falcon. Somewhat surprisingly, Feige answered in the negative. Hit the jump for more.
Much has been made about the fact that Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel is up for renegotiation, but there was always the possibility that another Iron Man character could pick up the mantle in a future film. As we saw with Iron Man 3, Don Cheadle’s Rhodey aka War Machine has become much more active in his own suit, and the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier will see the appearance of Anthony Mackie as Falcon, another supporting character from the comics who eventually received his own standalone stories.
Steve asked Feige if anybody at Marvel is currently developing or writing a possible Falcon or War Machine spinoff movie, to which the Marvel President responded with a simple “No.” That doesn’t mean that we absolutely won’t see a Falcon or War Machine movie sometime in the future, but it doesn’t look like those films are in the cards anytime soon. There has been talk of a possible Black Widow or Hawkeye movie in the past, but it’s unknown if those films are currently being developed.
Feige recently told us that Marvel is actively working on a Doctor Strange movie for release sometime after Ant-Man and The Avengers 2, so it’s possible that the studio is simply focused on building new properties rather than spinning off supporting characters.
Look for Steve’s full interview with Feige here on Collider tomorrow night. If you missed any of our previous excerpts from the interview, catch up below.
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- Kevin Feige Explains How IRON MAN 3 Paves the Way for THE AVENGERS 2; Says the Script Is “a Notch or Two Above the First Movie”
- Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks When His Contract with Marvel Studios Expires; Says He’s on Through at Least Phase Two