This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn’t be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos’ appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!
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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 »
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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I think it’s clear that Hollywood is really desperate to find the next big superhero franchise. Most of the A-list stars have been done, and almost every b-level superhero character has a film in production or in various forms of development. Even comic mastermind/creator Stan Lee agrees, “They’re all being done.Â Every one of them.Â I can’t think of an important Marvel that isn’t being primed for a movie.” So the studio is starting to move on littler known comic book series.
Lee confirmed to Collider that Marvel is seriously considering making a film adaptation of the Power Pack. If you’re not a hardcore comic book geek then you’re probably wondering “The who?” The Power Pack is the first team of preteen superheroes ever in the Marvel Universe. They first appeared in their own comic book series in 1984. and while the series lasted 62 issues, the characters have since appeared in other books throughout the years.
“They’ve been talking about… now they’re not working on it but they have been discussing whether to do it,” Lee said about a possible Power Pack movie.
I’m not quite sure we need a Power Pack movie. I’d be more interested in seeing Brian K. Vaughan’s The Runaways on the big (or small) screen. And with Joss Whedon (of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly fame) recently taking over the comic run with a 6-issue arc, I’m sure Runaways has a bigger built in audience.