Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Upcoming Marvel Movies - 2013 and Beyond

Upcoming Marvel Movies - 2013 and Beyond

1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond
1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and Beyond Now that Marvel has officially unveiled ‘Phase 2′ of their Marvel movie universe, I thought it would be a good idea to run through all of the upcoming Marvel movies in order of when we can expect to see them. This is purely Marvel Studios, so future X-Men, Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four films aren’t included (even though they are happening at Fox and Sony).

Upcoming Marvel Movies

Iron Man 3 – May 2013

Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is taking over directorial duties this time round, but Iron Man 1 & 2 director Jon Favreau will still be involved off-screen as an executive producer and on-screen as Tony Stark’s assistant, Happy Hogan. The plot will borrow elements from Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Iron Man: Extremis” comic books which focuses heavily on the spread a genome-attacking viral creation known as Extremis through nanotechnology.

Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ashley Hamilton, and Guy Pearce round out the cast, and the big villain this time will be The Mandarin (Kingsley). In the comics The Mandarin got his power from 10 magic rings (Ice Blast, Fire Blast etc.) but in the film there’s speculation they have been reworked into a terrorist/criminal organization with Mandarin pulling the strings. Footage at ComicCon proved Kingsley will physically wear 10 rings at some point, so it’s likely we’ll still see some power display from the super villain.

Thor: The Dark World – November 2013

Thor director Kenneth Branagh decided against returning for the sequel so Patty Jenkins (Monster) was put in charge, however the first big budget superhero movie with a female director wasn’t to be as she left/was fired and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor came on-board.

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, and Idris Elba will all reprise their roles, but very little story details have been revealed. There is speculation that The Dark Elves may be involved (which would fit with the title). They are a powerful race from the realm of Svartalfheim who have enhanced strength, intelligence, speed, stamina and agility. Thor may need more than a hammer.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 2014

Anthony and Joe Russo, two brothers who have direct episodes of Community and Arrested Development, will direct the sequel as original director Joe Johnston won’t be returning. The title reveal at ComicCon gave fans a big clue as to what to expect in the next film, which will be set in modern day following on from the events in The Avengers.

The Winter Solider storyline in the comics involves Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who fell to his apparent death in Captain America: The First Avenger. Bucky’s cold-preserved body, minus one arm, is found by the Russians, who take him to Moscow and give him a bionic arm. Bucky has no memory of his identity so they reprogram him as a Soviet assassin, and is kept in a cryogenic stasis when not on missions (and hardly ages as a result).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will likely follow Steve Rogers, aided by The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), as he tracks down the Winter Solider. More will no doubt be revealed over the upcoming months.

Guardians of the Galaxy – August 2014

The Guardians of the Galaxy are “a team of superhuman and extra-terrestrial adventurers dedicated to the safeguarding of the Milky Way Galaxy from any force that threatens the security or liberty of its various people”. The team includes Star-Lord (a human interplanetary policeman), Drax the Destroyer (a resurrected superhuman warrior and nemesis of Thanos), Groot (a plant monster who can control trees), Gamora (a dangerous female assassin who has a preference for knives and swords) and Rocket Racoon (a genetically altered racoon who can fly a plane and carries a laser pistol).

The movie is a big risk for Marvel, but if it works for them like The Avengers did it has the potential to be huge. It obviously doesn’t have the build-up Joss Whedon’s movie did, but audiences will no doubt turn out for the first real superhero movie set in space. Plus there’s the kick-ass raccoon.

James Gunn (Super) will direct, and with the 2014 release date set it will only be a matter of time before things start developing.

The Avengers 2 – May 2015

The sequel to The Avengers it’s already in development, and Joss Whedon will return to direct. Nothing story-wise has been confirmed, but The Avengers 2 villain is thought to be the Mad Titan known as Thanos.

Ant-Man – November 2015

Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) has been attached to direct Ant-Man, which follows a brilliant scientist who invents a substance that allowed him to change his size, since 2006. Wright has written various drafts of the script over the years with Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, and at ComicCon Marvel revealed some unfinished test footage of Ant-Man shrinking and enlarging whilst fighting a group of guards in a hallway.

The reason it has taken so long to get moving is because Ant-Man isn’t a tent pole film for Marvel, but they still want to make it and have taken time to get the script right. Plus Wright has been busy with other movies such as Scott Pilgrim, and will next shoot The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, completing their ‘Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy’. Ant-Man may finally enter production in 2013, and it could squeeze into Marvel’s 2014 schedule, but nothing has been announced just yet.


1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and BeyondRunaways - A movie following a group of six kids whose parents are a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders, and telepathic mutants got very close to filming in 2011 with Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) at the helm, however Marvel put the movie on hold to focus on The Avengers. Screenwriter Drew Pearce said in October 2011 that Marvel were happy with the script, but it was just a matter of waiting for them to give the movie the go-ahead.

1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and BeyondDr. Strange – Writers were hired to pen a script in June 2011. Very little movement has been heard since, but Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige said last year that he hopes to see Dr. Strange in ‘Phase 2′ of Marvel’s movies, and hopes the movie comes around “sooner rather than later”.

1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and BeyondBlack Panther – References to Black Panther were spotted in Iron Man 2 (where Nick Fury shows Tony Stark a digital map which pinpoints various metahumans across the globe) and there was speculation Black Panter would be one of Marvel 2014 movies, however nothing was confirmed or announced. At ComicCon Kevin Feige said creating a world like Wakanda would be “a little more difficult” and the character shares “a lot of the same characteristics of Captain America”, so it may be a while before we see T’Challa on the big screen.

1x1.trans Upcoming Marvel Movies   2013 and BeyondIron Fist – Rich Wilkes (xXx) was given the job of writing a screenplay for Iron Fist in 2010. Nothing has been heard since so there is a possibility it has been put on the back-burner while Marvel focuses on it’s more popular heroes.
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