What other film is Marvel making in 2014?

Feature James Hunt 16 May 2012 - 10:00

Marvel Studios has two as-yet unnamed movies scheduled for release in 2014. But what are they? James lays out a few theories...

With Avengers destroying box-office records the world over, all eyes are on the future of Marvel Studios. Although there’s no question that Avengers 2 is coming, that first film is the result of four years of planning, and required five previous movies to be made before it could be brought into existence. We know that Marvel Studios is planning Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 for release in 2013, but it also has two release dates (May 16th and June 27th) locked down for 2014.

For that reason, we can’t help but wonder what other stories we’re going to see before Avengers 2. One we know, one we don't. Here are our guesses.

Ant-Man – Odds: even

By now, you’ve probably seen the not-so-cryptic teaser image which heavily implies that the eternally gestating Wright/Cornish Ant-Man movie is as close to being born as at any point in the past, but the question remains: when will we see it? A 2013 release isn’t out of the question - Wright did turn around the effects-heavy Scott Pilgrim in a little over 12 months, after all - but every day that passes makes it more and more unlikely that we’ll see it before 2014. And let’s face it, if we can say anything for certain about Ant-Man, it’s that no one’s in a rush to get it made.

Of course, that may have changed since Avengers. After all, the sequel will have to give us some new blood, and Ant-Man/Hank Pym would be a shoo-in. Wright has previously denied any possibility of his version of Ant-Man hooking up with the Avengers – but plans do change. Either way, it’s by far the most likely candidate for 2014.

Captain America 2 – Confirmed

Little point betting here, as the Cap has now been confirmed for one of the 2014 slots. Joss Whedon used Steve Rogers as his entry point for Avengers, and in many ways, his appearance there was the real third act of his own movie (which, lest we forget, was subtitled The First Avenger.)

He’s also the character with the most obvious future: there’s a new America for him to go out and discover, and plenty of loose ends from the first movie that need tying up. The pointed shot of him heading out on a motorbike at the close of Avengers virtually compels you to imagine what he’s going to find.

We'll discover that in two years time, even if it's unlikely that the director of The First Avenger, Joe Johnston, will be calling the shots this time around.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Odds: 5-1

A few months ago, Marvel Studios’ top producer Kevin Feige was asked about the possibility of Marvel’s more obscure developments, such as Ant-Man, Runaways, Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy, making it to screens. His reply admitted that “two of those four” were closer than we think, and that he’d talk about them “in the coming months”.

Now that a few weeks have passed, we can guess that Ant-Man was one of the two he meant – but what’s the other? It’s hard not to consider that Avengers gave us a post-credits look at Thanos, a villain from Marvel’s cosmic stable, and the Guardians are heroes with similarly cosmic scope. Could a Guardians film with Thanos as the villain arrive before Avengers 2?

After all, part of what made Avengers work was that we already were already invested in Loki as a villain – perhaps setting up Thanos in advance might be a good idea, transforming the stakes from “Powerful guy we need to introduce attacks Earth!” to “Villain you’ve already seen smash up the galactic backwaters comes to Earth!” It’s possible that the poor performance of Green Lantern might put Marvel off pursuing a similarly space-faring property, but on the other hand, if anyone can make it work, they can.

The Hulk – Odds: 10-1

Pretty much everyone came out of Avengers saying the same thing: the Hulk was awesome. This was quite the opposite of what they were saying the last two times the Hulk got his own film. Still, with reception that good, there’s got to be a whiteboard somewhere at Marvel Studios with “Hulk?” written on it, and we’d be fools not to address the gamma-irradiated angry green elephant in the room.

Here’s the thing: you don’t want to poison the well. To Marvel’s credit, they’re playing things coy and suggesting that maybe the Hulk will remain as a guest star in Avengers films rather than return to his own movie franchise. Even if he did get another shot at solo stardom, it’s unlikely to be in cinemas by 2014 if only because they locked down their 2014 release dates well before anyone had the slightest clue that Hulk was going to be the best thing in an already amazing Avengers film. We all probably think we want a Hulk film, but hopefully Marvel Studios are smart enough to know the difference between what we say we want, and what we actually want.

Agents of SHIELD – Odds: 10-1

Of course, Hulk isn’t the only spin-off you could do from Avengers. Take the Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and a Helicarrier, then mix together with your favourite Mission: Impossible/James Bond/Jason Bourne plot. A recipe for mild success.

As much as we’d all like to see Johansson and Renner pouting their way through an espionage caper, something about a SHIELD movie to follow up Avengers seems a little too obvious – not to mention the fact that it’d probably just feel like an Avengers movie without any of the main Avengers.

A solo Black Widow movie seems like a better fit, but the Widow, Hawkeye and Fury are all closely intertwined – it’d be difficult to use one without the others. And ultimately, the biggest obstacle to this coming out in 2014 is the pesky fact that no one official has mentioned any development in progress, serious or otherwise. Still, maybe it’s a surprise…

Doctor Strange – Odds: 20-1

The script by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer was delivered in 2011, but there’s been very little news since. Making it even more unlikely to appear in 2014 is the fact that the Sorcerer Supreme is a difficult concept to make work in the context of a science-heavy Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor just about scrapes by on the “science so advanced it looks like magic” ticket, but you can’t really take that line when your main character is a wizard by trade.

As much as we’d like to see Doctor Strange waving the Wand of Watoomb and invoking the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak (X-Men license permitting!) the lack of solid chatter suggests that 2014 is an unlikely home for this one. We’d expect to see this alongside, if not after Avengers 2.
 

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I'd bet on a hastily written and made Hulk film which will end up being as boring as the other two recent attempts. Unless of course Joss is involved. The only man to make the Hulk interesting, ever.

I'll be interested to see the CA2 film as I really liked the first one, but am quite curious as to where they go from here with him, hopefully it'll focus on his reintegration into the world, and not simply being about running around after things a lot.

What I'd most like is a film looking at Black Widow, after the Avengers film she's been shown to be on of the more interesting characters, less so Hawkeye and finally, any Nick Fury film might just be painful unless it's scripted really well.

I can't see Wright being able to make Antman that quickly, he's got various other projects on the go including the third in the Pegg/Frost Cornetto Trilogy. 

I reckon they'll go for a Hulk film too but fingers crossed it's as good as Hulk in the Avengers. Another mediocre Hulk solo film would be infuriating.

I think they said they might make a Hulk film due to the positive response but it'd only be out by 2015. So I think that's out. I'm thinking it's Captain America 2 and either Doc Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy.

Black Panther!  

GOTG would be great, especially if it's in the vein of Avengers with Rocket Raccoon as Tony Stark and Groot as Hulk.  With the money raked in from Avengers I think this effects heavy adventure might be more possible.  Especially if in Avengers 2 the guardians show up first to warn everyone of the impending doom Thanos is bringing.

A guy can dream can't he?

Silver Surfer or Doc Strange please. Or, how 'bout Iron Fist? You could get Stath in the Tit-ular role, that should make you happy?!

But leave the Hulk alone, if they ballsed it up it could wreck future Avengers movies.

would hope hulk works, but avengers 2 for sure, also ant man night be a nice turn of pace. all good moving forward.

Black Panther absolutely needs to be in the next Avengers movie as a way to introduce him (a la the excellent "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" cartoon) before giving him his own movie.

I would love to see a runaways movie but can't see it ever happening. I imagine it will be a hulk movie TBH although of your suggestions an agents of shield one would be my preference. I'm a massive hawkeye fan and, whilst I understand how they used him in the Avengers, I would love to have seen more!

I think a Black Widow film could work quite well. I reckon perhaps a post-Avengers story mingled in with an origin story to give the character the depth that was hinted at in The Avengers. Maybe have Hawkeye and Fury as supporting characters, but I think a SHIELD film could be excessive and closer to Mission Impossible than Marvel.

I think the latest incarnation of the Hulk was exceptional. The scene where Banner explains his failed suicide attempt adds a real sense of maturity and darkness to the character, but his alter-ego was validated by his performance alongside the more conventional heroes of the Avengers. There is a great deal to be mined from the Hulk's story, his place in the world, and the divide between Banner/Hulk that could gradually dissipate as the character evolves. The Hulk could become more aware of his surroundings, increase in intelligence, and evolve a more sophisticated (and possibly more ambiguous) sense of morality. Maybe something the Nolan brothers could ponder now that their Batman trilogy is complete...

Cant help thinking a SHIELD film would come off badly alongside the Bonds, Bournes and Mission Impossibles of the movie world plus Renners already in Mission Impossible and due in the Bourne Legacy later this year. Why not a Luke Cage film taking things to the street level? It would be cool if they did the Plannet Hulk story then had Hulk come back for revenge in an Avengers movie

Nah, Doctor Strange all the way! Just pretend he can feed on energy seeping through from another universe and manipulate it. 

There is no stopping this beast! Marvel will take over the world! (Note to Marvel: Please! No more Hulk reboots!).

My money: If I had to wager, I'd say either Back Panther and Luke Cage are in the cards for 2014. They're both decent gateway characters to open up folks to Marvel's "second tier". 

My fears: However I'm afraid though we're going to get a Punisher or Blade reboot as the rights to both have just reverted back to Marvel.

My hopes: I can't find the article I read (which I was certain was on this very site before the changes) but it mentioned that the Green Arrow Supermax movie that's been floating around for years and that it could potentially be translated to Marvel and used for Hawkeye. That would be pretty cool. I read an early draft of the script a few years back and it was pretty decent. 

If not Supermax, I'd be excited to see them reach in their bag and take a risk with someone like Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, Ant-Man/Wasp, Darkhawk, Spider-Woman, or X-23. 

Please please please let it be an Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D movie!

I would love to see how they show Black Widow's history on film... it's have to be a higher certificate or else it wouldn't be as dark as it is

Hoping for a Deadpool movie

The Fantastc Four relaunch would be great.
Would also like to see Nova or Captain Marvel.

I think it's going to be Ant Man. I'm a bit worried that the next Thor movie is going to be a bit rushed, actually.

Isn't there a Fantastic Four reboot in the works?

A black widow film? I'm thinking Catwoman, Elecktra...ring any bells? It will be a yawner at best. Pass.

For my money the most interesting move Marvel could take would be to introduce Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. They are the bridge between the two big Marvel team franchises; Avengers and X-men. Anyone for a AvsX movie a few years down the line? Fanboy juice begins to run down the inner thigh.

we need doctor strange and a timothy daulton to play him!

They really need to get a Black Panther movie out there.  A Sub-Mariner movie would be great, though probably very expensive.
Ms. Marvel would be great so that Marvel would have its 'Wonder Woman' out there and then tie in to "The Avengers 2."

Looking at the past to see what worked and what didn't: both Hawkeye and Widow were never able to carry a comic on their own. They DID have short lived titles of their own, but weren't able to carry it off.

And let's face it; Hawkeye is just a Green Arrow rip-off (right down to the socialist rantings). Widow is just a clone of every other hot (except in this case) russian spy chick that's already been done to death. Neither of which could come up with a compelling backstory that didn't include a lot of whining.

In the world of comics, only Fury carried his own title (two, in fact) for a number of years. Of course, that was back when he was a white guy.

So a SHIELD movie seems unlikely.

And it is true that Hulk has yet to be done right (the solution is simple: the title is NOT "Banner's Plight" it's "The Incredible Hulk"...you know...a movie about the Hulk?). And a third failure could indeed damage the franchise.

So yeah, Marvel's top-tier charcters have done well. So well that they have helped elevate the side-kick-quality characters like Hawkeye and Widow.

But if I had to guess I think (if contracts can be signed) Fantastic Four is the likeliest candidate for a green light.

That said, with 1 billion in the bank from this one movie...kinda makes you wonder what they are thinking over on the DC side of the super-hero world.

Superman & Batman? Add Wonder Woman and you have the nexus for a JLA movie.

I love Plant Hulk and World War Hulk but I just don't think this would work on film.

Marvel's Kevin Feige has said "Cap is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family...there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but SHIELD and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now. So Captain America 2 will be most closely associated with Avengers. The second installment will pick-up where The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury"

To me this says that Cap2 will be the stepping stone inbetween Avengers 1 and 2 for SHIELD and Nick Fury and could also feature Maria Hill, Agent Sitwell, and possibly even Hawkeye
and/or Black Widow...

'Thor 2' and either 'Guardians of the Galaxy' or 'Inhumans'  would be the obvious way to set up the Cosmic route that Marvel seem to be taking with Phase 2 leading into Avengers 2.

I would love to see a retro Ant-Man or Iron Fist/Luke Cage but think future MCU films will be set in (or at least finish) in the modern day so the characters can feature in Avengers 2.

I dont think they will make a new Hulk film. Instead Banner will cameo (Iron Man 3 looks most likely) and then feature in Avengers 2.

MCU connections and references: http://www.imdb.com/list/pJI6y...

 what was wrong with the 2 hulk movies? ok ang lee attempt was a bit of the rails..but luis letterier attempt was awesome..there was nothing wrong with it..
havin said that i dont think a new hulk movie will be needed just more of him in avengers 2 will do...

if we are talking about dark marvel movies then i think they could do
well to revisit the Man Thing story. The 'movie' from a few years ago,
whilst admittedly, on a low budget, showed some promise...would i think
tie nicely into the Captain Amercia mythos...Ted Sallis attempting to
recreate the super soldier syrum injected it into himself to stop it
falling into the hands of the enemy. Modern day horror flick..R
rated..possibly leave out the guardian to the nexus of all realities
thing (unless of course that could then shoehorn in the Guardian of the
Galaxy somehow)

Swamp Thing was always a poor mans Man Thing yet somehow did quite well
out of a cartoon, TV series and the 1982 Wes Craven film!

The rights are not owned by Marvel Studios so wont be part of the MCU...

Doctor Strange would be the one I'd lean toward. Leave Pym and Hulk for Avengers 2.
Agents of SHIELD? Nah, save ideas like that Marvels inevitable move to TV...

I would like to see, in no order:

(A) LUKE CAGE & IRON FIST/HEROES FOR HIRE - A superhuman buddy-flick.

(B) DOCTOR STRANGE - Starring: Alan Rickman/Script: Neil Gaiman /Director: Terry Gilliam. I want to leave the theater feeling like I dropped acid. Steve Ditko-style.

(C) WONDER MAN - Simon Williams, an invulnerable stunt man turned superhero. That has massive potential. Get Helmsworth's brother cast, and a writer/director team that knows how to balance comedy/action/fun and you could do a LOT with that character.

(D) SHE-HULK - Gamma-powered 'Ally McBeal'.

(E) Get the damn rights to Fantastic Four and X-Men back. That's just a crying shame.

While they could bring in QS and SW, they are expressly forbidden from being Mutants or having anything to do with the X-Men.  Fox is on record as not allowing Marvel to do anything with the X properties at all.

Puny God! Hulk SMASH!

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