Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.
Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?
Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »
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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 »
Marvel Studios has just hired a screenwriter for Iron Fist, a film featuring the long-running Marvel second-stringer hero who fights with a combination of martial arts and supernatural power. Rich Wilkes will pen the first draft of the script. 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 »
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America are all leading up to Marvel’s big superhero team-up cross-over film The Avengers. The question is: where do you go from there? The obvious answer is The Avengers 2. The less obvious answer is Ant-Man.
But then what? How do you top that? Well, you don’t. You aim smaller.
CHUD has learned that Marvel Studios has been meeting with writers and directors for some of their smaller, third and fourth tier characters, for example Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler, Iron Fist and Power Pack. The plan is to make movies from these properties for relatively cheap: $20-$40 million.
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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. @ 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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