For years the films released by Marvel Studios have been building toward "The Avengers." That film finally being released next year leaves an open question as to the future of films based on Marvel Comics. The studio has hinted that it's looking at some of its lesser known properties for future adaptations. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has indicated Marvel is making plans for movies based off of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Inhumans" (scan courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com).
In talking with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the Entertainment Weekly article actually touches on five movies the studio is working on for after "The Avengers." Two of those, "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2," had been previously announced. "Ant-Man" has yet to set a shooting date but has been in the works for some time with writer/director Edgar Wright to helm.
The surprise potential films were "Guadians of the Galaxy" and "The Inhumans." Both of these are projects that had never been announced or even really hinted at by anybody of note. Both deal with teams of heroes and neither have any particularly well-known members.
"The Inhumans" dates back to the 1960s and were created by the legendary team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Inhumans are a race of super-powered beings who live in isolation on the island of Attilan. Their back story is that the alien race known as the Kree experimented on early humans to see if they could create highly evolved soldiers. The resulting Inhumans were abandoned by the Kree and left to fend for themselves. The comic series has mainly dealt with the Inhuman royal family and those associated with it, which include a super-powered bulldog named Lockjaw.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is set in an alternate future and is composed of various beings, each the last surviving member of his or her respective race. They confront various cosmic threats to the galaxy in general and Earth specifically. There are actually two versions of this team: a newer one created in 2008, while the original dates back to 1969. Both are essentially the same in principle but have different members. It was not clear from the tidbit from Feige which version would be used.
Entertainment Weekly reports Feige said that should either project actually go before cameras the goal would be to create an "X-Men"-style superhero team franchise. On its face "The Inhumans" bares the closer resemblance to "X-Men," with various members having wildly different powers from birth. However, "Guardians of the Galaxy" may be the easier to test run, as the team has worked closely with Thor from time to time. This means Marvel could actually introduce them in "Thor 2" to test the waters before launching the characters in their own film.
Neither of these projects is a sure thing at this point but Marvel is clearly looking into them as possibilities. The Entertainment Weekly article made no mention of the rumored "Doctor Strange" and "Luke Cage" films that have been mentioned previously by some Marvel insiders. Marvel may be waiting to gauge the reaction to "The Avengers," the studio's first team-based film, before moving too far forward with either writers or directors for these projects.
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