What Does the Future of the Marvel Movie Universe Hold? Kevin Feige Knows.

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If you want to know what Marvel Studios has planned for their Marvel Movie Universe in the coming years, then the man to ask is Kevin Feige, the big chief of the place. Speaking to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club (via IGN), Feige gave the lowdown on where they expect to take their characters post-Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, including everything from a possible standalone movie starring Doctor Strange, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to “the world of martial arts”, which we can take to mean, though not certainly not limited to, that long-awaited Iron Fist movie.

But first, a breakdown of where Marvel has been courtesy of Feige:

X-Men was the dawn of the new Marvel cinematic age. Iron Man was the dawn of the Marvel Studios age and the establishment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning of that continuity. The Avengers is the next big step. Once all these characters come together, it’s the culmination of all that has come before. It launches a new era and a new time in the history of our films. Not only will it be the first film that our new home studio, Disney, will be distributing, but it will also renew each of these characters and launch them into their own franchises, starting with the second film to be released by Disney, Iron Man 3.

And now, where Marvel is headed (or at least, where Feige thinks they’re headed-ish):

Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. —all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we’ve got a lot of other characters we’re prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.

I think a SHIELD movie is a no-brainer, given how much face time they’ve had in all the Marvel movies so far. A “Black Widow” movie is another no-brainer, especially post-“The Avengers”. A Hawkeye movie? That could work — if Jeremy Renner isn’t busy with everything else he’s got going on, that is.

Of all the films Feige is throwing out there, I’m meh on a “Doctor Strange” movie, though exploring the “cosmic space fantasies” would be rad, if probably way too cost-prohibitive.

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  • Juggernaut

    I really can’t wait to see what rolls out in the future. There are so many properties that I have wanted to see on the big screen Dr. Strange would be cool. A sprawling space opera for Silver Surfer and The Inhumans would be awsome. Even Luke Cage and Moon Knight would be great.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    SWEET! I want Dr. Strange (need to take a que from the animated movie with the outfit), Iron Fist (I’d love something along the lines of the first and second arc of his mot recent series), for Space I want to see Silver Surfer, Nova, and The Inhumans, and I wouldn’t mind a S.H.I.E.L.D. flick with Sam jackson front and center featuring Black Widow, and Hawkeye and debuting other SHIELD mainstays too. Bring it on Marvel/Disney, don’t disappoint!

    • Juggernaut

      Out of all of the potential films stated in his interview the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie is the most interesting to me. There they could flesh out the Black Widow/Hawkeye/Mockingbird love triangle, Black Widow’s playing both sides and bringing in new characters like G.W. Bridge, Maria Hill (who I know will be in the next few upcoming films), Sharon Carter, Sam Wilson, Jasper Sitwell, Clay Quartermane and others. Even Henry Pym and Janet Van Dyne could be brought in through that film. It could be very cool!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        My thoughts exactly. No superhero stuff, just espionage and spy stuff.

        Sent on the go.

        • Juggernaut

          Absolutely! Also Black Panther is a must. I finally found the actor who should play T’Challa!!! After searching vigorously I settled a few months ago on a 32 year old actor named Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, Taking Of Pelham 123). He was good but he just didn’t feel 100% right. Not sure why, but I was happy with casting him. Until now. I watched a new comedy on ABC called Happy Endings . It is an ensemble comedy and stars Damon Wayans Jr. He was really funny and good and I liked the show. Then I realized that he would be perfect for the role of Black Panther. He is a ringer! I looked him up and he has done only comedies up until now, following in his fathers footsteps I suppose, but he could be great in the role if he can be a dramatic/action actor. Even his father transitioned into a comedic action star in films like The Last Boyscout and Bulletproof.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            I dunno. Wayans just seems off, simply because I don’t see a Wayans (other than Marlon) doing a serious flick. The other dude works though, and I still say Anthony MacKenzie

            Sent on the go.

          • Juggernaut

            I’m sticking with Wayans! Oddly enough I had also cast Marlon in the role of Baron Macabre, a member of N’Jadaka/Erick Killmonger’s group of mercanaries. I like Anthony Mackenzie but he just seemed wrong for some reason to me.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I just looked dude up, to get a better picture in my head, and yeah Gbenga Akinnagbe would rock. Wayans doesn’t have the look to me. He doesn’t seem to have that air of emenence and regality. Sory just not seeing it. Not saying macKenzie does, but he can pull off stern athority figures (see “Hurt Locker”).

    • Juggernaut

      To me there are three criteria that need to be filled here.
      1. He needs to be tall
      2. He needs to be athletic/physically fit
      3. He needs to evoke a confidence and charisma (Hemsworth as Thor is my staple)

      Out of the three that we’ve mentioned, Wayans has both number one and two and looks most like T’Challa in the comics. He could prove to have number three given the chance.
      Mackie has the chops and the physicallity, however his face is not as close as Wayons’. In fact he has a “bad guy” face.
      Akinnagbe has the chops and physicallity along with his heritage going for him but seems a bit too bulky. I know that some renditions of Black Panther he is larger and more muscular but I’ve always had a leaner, faster BP in mind for a film. Just my opinion.
      In actuallity, all three would be good choices. I’m just being over-critical. Even Lee Thompson Young, Mechad Brooks, Derek Luke, Edi Gathegi or Ray Fearon would be okay.

  • Alan

    Bring on Dr Strange.

  • Alan

    Bring on Dr Strange.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    As my name suggests I think Ironfist rocks and I can’t wait for him to have his own movie, I am very happy that deadpool would like to see it too, so that means I’m not alone on this one. Ironfist please create the most epic movie ever, don’t make it to dark and morbid please, thank you

  • Worldmusic

    The lead actor of the Ong Bak films is a no-brainer for either Iron Fist or Legend of Kung Fu.