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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.