With The Avengers turning into the third-biggest film of all time, there are more questions than ever about what Marvel Studios will do next. There have been quite a few rumors, some fostered by Marvel, some not. Studio president Kevin Feige has talked about the possibility of a Doctor Strange film, or one featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which seems to be inching closer to reality, and that Runaways movie that Marvel back-burnered a while ago.

Plus there has been talk of films for other characters, such as Luke Cage, Black Panther, and even Moon Knight. But if one report is correct, it’s Black Panther that will be on screens before most of those other cats. Read More »


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Marvel Hires Writer For ‘Black Panther’ Movie

Black Panther is one of the many comic book properties that Marvel Studios has been eyeing for the big screen adaptation for a while now. It looks like they are becoming more serious about developing the comic into a feature film. According to THR, Marvel Studios has hired documentary story editor and screenwriter Mark Bailey to write the big screen adaptation.
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Celebrating the release of the trailer for Thor, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took part in a web chat with the LA Times and Marvel fans. He discussed — very briefly in all cases — a few impressions of Captain America, and some vague possibilities for the future of Marvel Studios. There’s no hard and fast news here, but if you’ve been curious about the status of the Marvel slate, and of possibilities for films like Black Panther, Ant-Man, Moon Knight and more, read on. Read More »


Since the day Iron Man 2 opened, fan speculation has run rampant over the cleverly integrated easter eggs that snuck their way into the film. Now, some of that speculation can be put to rest as director Jon Favreau provides confirmation on what’s what in the scene featuring Tony Stark and Nick Fury discussing the Avengers Initiative, the background of which was littered with an assortment of footage, maps and images hinting at other Marvel properties. Read More »


Here’s a Marvel post that isn’t based on rumor or innuendo: we know that Marvel has plans for movies beyond The Avengers, but right now they’re pretty opaque. Ant Man has long been a possibility, but we know little about that, and there have been plenty of Doctor Strange stories, with screenwriters even hired. Now Marvel’s Kevin Feige is on camera talking about characters that he’s considered for screen treatment, and they include expected second-stringers Iron Fist and Black Panther. Read More »


In April, I recorded a video blog with Steve from Collider in which we discussed the future of Marvel feature films. In the video, Steve pitched the concept of a live-action television series called Marvel Heroes where the comic turned movie studio could introduce third tier comic book superheros to mainstream audiences. The idea being that the characters that connected with audiences could be developed for the big screen. That idea might never happen, but it looks like Marvel/Disney could be planning something similar.

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Famous comic creator Stan Lee sent out some tweets today claiming that he has met with director Edgar Wright regarding an Ant-Man movie, which Marvel is “prepping”,  according to Lee. We know that Wright has been developing the project for a couple years now, and put the comic book adaptation on the backburner once he went into production on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. But now that Pilgrim is cut, and in the special effects phase of post production, might Wright be back at work at the Ant-Man? Who knows.

Lee might be completely out of the loop (this is very likely) and might only be repeating what he last heard about the project. However, Wright did retweet Lee’s comments and added “Sometimes you shouldn’t meet your heroes in case they disappoint. @smilinstanlee does not disappoint,” confirming the meeting. Last night Wright tweeted about a dinner meeting he had with Iron Man director Jon Favreau in the UK, but Wright was clear to point out that “Amazingly, we talked neither Avengers nor Antman.”

Lee also mentioned that Marvel is developing movie projects featuring  Iron Fist, Dr. Strange, Black Panther and many others. None of this information hasn’t been included in previous internet rumors/reports however. Check out his tweets on the subject, after the jump.

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djimon-hounsou1.jpgIt’s mighty windy outside and the news is a tad slow today, so let’s cherish a moment to contemplate what mystery “comic book trilogy” actor Djimon Hounsou recently said he’s set to star in. IESB, which broke the story after Hounsou cryptically announced the news at a press conference for Never Back Down, speculates that he’s either referring to Marvel superhero Black Panther or Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s planned Tintin trilogy. Hounsou reportedly called this his “dream project.”


Regarding Black Panther, last May the character was mentioned as a possible plot point in the second sequel to Fantastic Four by director Tim Story. The guy went as far as namedropping Hounsou for the role. Would you be interested in seeing three films starring this character, and do you think it sounds like a wise investment? Besides being black, Black Panther shares similar unproven stature on the comic canon totem with Blade, so it’s possible. Then again, the similarity in costume between BP and Batman is uncanny, see pic to the right. Would a film(s) call for a total redesign or what? At several points over the last decade, Wesley Snipes and director John Singleton have attached themselves to the project, and Marvel Studios has had a film on deck since 2005.

As for Tintin, it’s an ambitious set of films and sure to be lucrative. Spielberg gave Hounsou his big break with 1997′s Amistad, so there’s def a connection. But referring to it as a “comic book dream project” carries the same iffiness as “trilogy” to Black Panther. More on this as it develops.

Update: Might Djimon Hounsou be referring to a Conan property? Apparently so, judging from an audio clip from the conference over at CHUD. Now we have even more questions than answers, sweet.

Discuss: Any other ideas?

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