With "The Avengers" closing in and the final lead-in movie, "Captain America: The First Avenger," thrilling comic book fans and moviegoers alike, Marvel is looking at what they can do next. They are already planning a sequel to "Thor" as well as the third "Iron Man" movie but there are numerous characters ripe for a movie release as well. While Marvel does not own the rights to "Spider-Man" and "The X-Men," which are both plugging along without Marvel behind them, there are still many movies that Marvel can put their weight behind.
One movie that has been in the pipeline for a couple of years is "Ant-Man." Many comic book fans seem puzzled at why "The Avengers" features Hawkeye and Black Widow instead of the actual founding members, Wasp and Giant Man. Well, one of the reasons might be because Giant Man later turned into Ant-Man and that franchise is promised to "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" director Edgar Wright. Wright put off the movie while making "Scott Pilgrim" but is once again working on the script for it and it might be the next project for the cult director. "Ant-Man" tells the story of a scientist who develops a serum that allows him to shrink to bug size and use weapons he invented like stingers to fight crime. While it sounds cheesy, this is the guy who brought us "Shaun of the Dead," so that might make it a little less scary proposition.
Word came out on August 1 that Marvel was pushing Dr. Strange into production. "Dr. Strange" is a sorcerer and, while that is an area that is strange to some of the Marvel movie fans, "Thor" helped open the door to the idea of magic in the universe. Plus, Dr. Strange has a great back story as an arrogant surgeon loses his career after an auto accident and has to reach the bottom of the barrel before he learns of his fate. The writers behind the upcoming "Conan" movie turned in a script and Marvel claims to be looking for a director.
"Blade" and "The Punisher"
These are Marvel characters that the movie public knows all about and Marvel Films just recaptured the rights to both of them. While Marvel is not planning anything with them yet, they are the two that might provide the biggest box office punch thanks to the mainstream knowledge of them. "Blade" has already had two wildly popular movies before puttering out with a third one that was a critical bomb. "The Punisher" has been released three times with three different actors playing the lead character. While the last two movies had their positive points, the character has still not been portrayed exactly like Marvel intended, although the last movie came closest.
The final movie that has been spoken of for a few years is one over a hero named Luke Cage. Cage is an Africa-American hero who, at the start of his origin, was framed for a crime he never committed. He was experimented on in prison and ended up with superhuman strength, which he used to escape to clear him name. He is an interesting character, opening a "Heroes for Hire" business to make money from people hiring him when they needed a hero. He would also be one of the few African-American superheroes in movies, joining Blade as the only one to have a solo movie. John Singleton was at one time rumored to be the director and Luke Cage might be the movie to open Marvel to a brand new fan-base.
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- The Punisher
- Black Widow
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