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Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two »
- Flickering Myth
You can’t say that Marvel doesn’t like to plan. Their mission to dominate our cinema screens and break box office records is showing no signs of stopping. The world which started back in 2008 with Iron Man, has gone on to make billions of dollars and ensure that Robert Downey Jr. has six yachts. With Ant-Man leading the charge for the third stage of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, it turns out there’s more tricks up the studio’s sleeve.
With Iron Man 3 kicking off Phase Two of their cinematic universe with a resounding wallop and ka-ching! – the remaining projects have got some big clanky boots to fill. Next up is Thor: The Dark World, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy and closing out the middle chapter is the glue that binds them together: The Avengers 2.
That brings us to Summer 2015. Where next, »
- Gem Seddon
Feige told Entertainment Weekly that the franchise's central character Tony Stark could continue to appear for decades to come.
However, Feige said that although talks are ongoing with Downey Jr, Iron Man could undergo a reboot were he not to return.
Feige explained: "I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th.
Speaking about returning to the role, Downey Jr said »
A third reboot of the Hulk franchise could also make the comic publisher's movie division lineup.
Feige told Entertainment Weekly that while "99%" of the studio's time is dealing with productions for its Phase Two project - including Avengers 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World - some characters are already slated for priority in the next stage of output.
Feige said: "We started working with Edgar on that movie right in the dawn of us becoming our own studio.
"It goes back so long you maybe even remember our 2006 appearance at Comic-Con. Edgar was on that panel talking about Ant-Man. And it had been a few years [of planning] at that point. »
Marvel is constantly thinking about which superheroes will get their own movies. Marvel head Kevin Feige said several times that a "Doctor Strange" movie will happen, as well as more "Blade" and "Hulk" films. One property that the studio will never consider is "Marvel Zombies," which is a five book comic book series that features Marvel's most popular superheroes turning into flesh-eating zombies searching for food during the apocalypse. "'Marvel Zombies' is such a cool comic and it's such a cool idea, but what [how will fans react]?," Feige wondered. "Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not..." »
Marvel fans have plenty to look forward to over the next couple of years, with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy building to the release of The Avengers 2 in 2015. However, with Iron Man 3 getting Phase Two of the McU off to a billion dollar start, Marvel Studios is wasting little time in formulating its plans for a third cycle of movies. So far, all we know for certain is that Edgar Wright's long-awaited Ant-Man will kick-off things off in 2015, but speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel's President of Production and super producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige has offered a few new comments on several potential projects, including... deep breath... Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Inhumans, Runaways, Daredevil, The Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider and even Marvel Zombies! Here's what he had to say...
On Doctor Strange: "I would love Strange to be »
- Flickering Myth
Marvel's Phase Two is already underway with Iron Man 3 in theaters, and Thor: The Dark World coming this Thanksgiving. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shooting right now, with Guardians of the Galaxy deep into pre-production and The Avengers 2 screenplay completed. So that means Marvel is of course thinking about their Phase Three plans with only Ant-Man confirmed at this point. What else might be included in this third leg of the Marvel movie legacy?
Kevin Feige recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly, and offered a list of potential titles, with the fact that Doctor Strange is likely to be confirmed next. While we've heard most of these titles batted about the Internet before, one title sticks out like a sore thumb, and that's Marvel Zombies. We haven't really heard this mentioned before in terms of being included as a Marvel Phase Three project.
Here are the possible »
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kevin Feige and got an update on what was and wasn’t in the cards for Marvel’s Phase 3 and beyond.
Ant-Man: This one is happening. Apparently it’s director Edgar Wright who has been postponing the project up until now. Wright will begin working on it later this year after he’s finished with all things The World’s End.
Iron Man 4: Feige said, “I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that. »
- Alex Corey
There have been lots of rumors flying around about two potential films on Marvel's upcoming Phase Three slate: a standalone Hulk film and a Doctor Strange origin story. Marvel's Kevin Feige recently talked about plans for a number of upcoming films, including these two standalone projects. In short, Feige said that there are no current plans for a solo Hulk movie, but they are talking about it and he isn't opposed to keeping Mark Ruffalo in the role. For Doctor Strange, the property is expected to be a top priority for the studio and will feature the first film fully devoted to "a world of pure magic." Hit the jump for much, much more from Feige. In an extensive interview with EW, Feige spoke at length about a number of Marvel films including Hulk and Doctor Strange. Here's what he had to say on the former: “People were like, ‘You’ve already had two movies. »
- Dave Trumbore
You didn't think Marvel was going to let you off the hook that easily, did you? Nope, the comic book company is already planning Phase Three of its sprawling media empire. Sounds sinister, doesn't it? It's not! We promise. Phase One began with "Iron Man" and culminated in "The Avengers." Similarly, Phase Two just kicked off with the release of "Iron Man 3" and will end after a total of five movies with 2015's "The Avengers 2." Even though Marvel is still knee-deep in Phase Two, studio prez Kevin Feige gave EW a very early preview of what's coming down the pipeline. Feige said, "I'd say 99 percent of our time right now is purely spent on Phase Two… It's five colossally giant motion pictures that we have to produce. So that's taking up the time. But within the next year or so we'll start the advanced planning for post-'Avengers 2.'" The »
- Jenni Miller
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to outline the studio's Phase III plans. Here's what he had to say: -On Ant-Man, which is a definite member of Marvel's Phase III film roster, Feige acknowledges that its been a long time coming: "We started working with Edgar on that movie right in the dawn of us becoming our own studio. It goes back so long you maybe even remember our 2006 appearance at Comic-Con. Edgar was on that panel talking about Ant-Man. And it had been a few years [of planning] at that point.” Director Edgar Wright said he, not Marvel is the reason why the film has taken so long as he wanted to make Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End first. Ant-Man finally has a home in Phase III. -On Doctor Strange, the only new bit from Feige is an acknowledgement that a number of »
Big things happen in threes.
With Iron Man 3 heading into its third weekend, now is the perfect time to look ahead to what Marvel Studios may be planning for its own third act — the evolving multi-movie slate known as Phase Three.
Phase One for the comic book studio was the series of films that culminated in last year’s The Avengers. Phase Two begins with Iron Man 3, and will build to Avengers 2 in 2015, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy in between.
The question that still hasn’t been resolved, »
- Anthony Breznican
One of the big stories coming out of Iron Man 3 has been Robert Downey Jr.'s contract coming to an end with Marvel Studios. With the third outing for Tony Stark smashing box office records in the UK and Us, it would be likely that Marvel would want to bring Downey back for another solo Iron Man movie - but that doesn't look like it might happen according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet is reporting that the actor met with Kevin Fiege today to negotiate a new contract with insiders saying that he is looking to return for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, but that could be it.
In interviews leading up to the release of Iron Man 3, Downey Jr. expressed concerns about suiting up again and again so this news should come as no surprise. However *Spoilers* there was a tease at the end of »
In a new article about internal negotiations between Marvel and its actors, THR revealed that the studio is looking toward the future and already has scripts for a "Blade" and "Ms Marvel" films. Other projects on the horizon are "Iron Fist," "Black Panther" and "The Runaways." That doesn't mean that any of those projects will be part of Phase Three (between "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3"), but the studio is definitely looking for new superheroes to build franchises around. At this point "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange" are set for Phase Three, leaving room for at least two more characters to get their own films. Surprisingly, The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) will likely remain on the sidelines. Marvel head Kevin Feige recently confirmed that there are no plans to give the superheroes their own stand-alone movies. And even though Marvel recently got back the rights to Ghost Rider, »
When you get to talk to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, you never have enough time. After all, he knows everything that's going on behind-the-scenes at the studio, including which projects are getting ready to be announced. So when I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with him for Iron Man 3, I tried to use the time to find out about a million different things. During the wide ranging conversation, we talked about how long he'll be staying at Marvel, how the studio goes about choosing directors, whether The Avengers sequel be called The Avengers 2 or if it will have a subtitle, whether they have considered casting Dwayne Johnson in a Marvel movie, the status of the Doctor Strange movie, if anyone is currently working on a Falcon or War Machine spinoff movie, whether they have cast Thanos yet, if they be at Comic-Con, D23, or both, and so much more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As you may or may not know, Marvel is running into trouble trying to bring all of their Avengers back on board for the sequel. As detailed in our article last night, the studio is currently in talks with with Robert Downey Jr. to reprise his role as Iron Man. The problem is, Marvel is notoriously cheap and pays their actors very low figures, which is surprising since their films usually make quite a healthy return. The studio says that appearing in a Marvel film is worth something in itself, which it is, but still, several of the actors from The Avengers are playing hardball when it comes to signing contracts for the second film.
- Matt Joseph
In addition to their growing Marvel Phase Three slate, which includes director Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, the studio is also developing feature projects for Ms. Marvel and a Blade reboot. Marvel also has plans for Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther, and Runaways, but it isn't known if these are being developed for Phase Three or future Phases.
Back in October, we reported that Marvel was eyeing actresses Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson to play Ms. Marvel in the Phase Two sequel The Avengers 2, but this is the first we're hearing of a stand-alone Ms. Marvel project. Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel) first appeared in an 1968 issue of Marvel Super-Heroes as a U.S. Air Force member. While the character was not born with super powers, her exposure to a Kree device explosion turned her into a human-Kree hybrid.
A raft of new Marvel Studios projects have been revealed.
Ms Marvel and Blade reportedly already have scripts.
Robert Downey Jr has also been reported to be in talks for Avengers 3, as well as the previously confirmed second instalment. His return to the Iron Man solo franchise looks less certain at this stage.
In comics continuity, former Ms Marvel Carol Danvers currently operates under the mantle of Captain Marvel.
Marvel at the movies - photo gallery: »
Despite Kevin Feige claiming the contrary, a recent conference call regarding Robert Downey Jr and his supposed renegotiations in light of Iron Man 3's performance at the box office has brought to light Marvel Studio's plans post Phase 2. Not only is The Hollywood Reporter claiming that there are Black Panther and Doctor Strange movies being developed, there are several other heroes and teams being eyed for the big screen. While nothing is official with Marvel until a trailer is released, »
- Alex Maidy
Marvel’s Phase II has only just got underway with the release of Iron Man 3 but whispers are suggesting a little unrest behind-the-scenes regarding a number of key acting personnel not happy with their offer to return to the Marvel cinematic world. Word is Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. is currently renegotiating a contract with the studio for future appearances in their Avengers sequels but is said to not want to return for another solo feature. While both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans are said to have laughed off their pay increase (rumoured to be a paltry $500,000 each) in the superhero collaborative ensemble which will close this second phase.
Despite those problems, Marvel are keen to push ahead with plans for The Avengers 3 as well as in development scripts for Ms. Marvel, Doctor Strange, Iron First and The Runaways. Certainly a number of their lesser known comic-book characters. »
- Craig Hunter
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