The Marvelous years ahead

Posted on May 8, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s no secret on this blog that I am a Marvel comic book geek.   So I’m excited at the new pathway into the Marvel Universe that the Iron Man films have opened up.   When you combine that with the X Men films that are lining up behind Wolverine you’ve got a pretty full calendar over the next couple of years.  Here are some provisional dates for your diary:

Thor: 20th May 2011

We got a tiny taste of this at the end of Iron Man 2.  He’s probably the least well known of The Avengers, so I didn’t expect him to get his own movie so soon, but what do I know?  Not one of my favourite characters, but then neither was Iron Man ’till the movie came out.  Looking forward to being converted.  Kai has got one of the first released pics over at The List for you to take a look at.

X-Men First Class: 3rd June 2011

I am a huge X Men fan but to be honest I’m not that bothered by this film.  The absence of Wolverine is a major downside in my opinion, and to be honest I don’t really care about the teen dramas of Cyclops and Storm.  Having said that, I’ll probably end up seeing it, and as we don’t have any trailers or anything yet they still have a chance to completely change my mind. Hope so.

Captain America: 22nd July 2011

Alternating with the X Men, we’re back with The Avengers.  This guy is a bit of a household name whether or not you know who he is.  Although Ross McG does think he’s Captain Planet.  My only concern with this one is that Chris Evans is cast. (For Brit readers: not that one, the other one).  Which means Human Torch and Captain America are the same person.  Not only does that mess with my head, but I didn’t really like Evans in Fantastic Four. So he’s got some ground to make up.

Deadpool: 2011

If that character double up wasn’t enough to make my head spin, the defection of Ryan Reynold’s to the DC camp to play The Green Lantern as well as Deadpool is a real shocker.  However, this film is most likely going to be awesome.  We didn’t get much Deadpool in Wolverine, but we got just enough to leave us wanting more.  And this should be good.

Wolverine 2: 2011

We left him in a bar in Japan (or not depending which stinger you had).  A lot of you out there weren’t convinced by Wolverine, but personally I can’t wait for another helping.  Expect more indestructible fighting, but this time with samurai swords.

The Avengers: 4th May 2012

They might throw in another Hulk movie first, but RDJ’s cameo was probably enough set up to finally get the team together.  This is the big finish, but it could also be the beginning of a whole new series of films.  With an infinite number of cross over characters. Exciting stuff.

Iron Man 3: 2012

Will it come before or after The Avengers? Not sure. But more Tony Stark is always a good thing in my world.

And that’s the cinema sorted for the next two years. Good times. 🙂

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great. loads more crap films.

Oh Shush. You know nothing.

The Avengers movie will be the end of all Marvel movies…there’s nothing they can possibly follow up with.

Really? I completely disagree! Yes, The Avengers is a big climax, but it doesn’t have to be the end. The original Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Cpt America) will all be introduced by then, but what about the others? There’s a whole world of possible mives out there, Tigra, Psylocke, Black Panther, Vision…characters like Quicksilver that feed into X Men. They’d have to make it really good or it would just be a kind of X3 list of random Marvel characters, but if they put the effort in then there could be loads of new movies after The Avengers.

I may know nothing, but I know Wolverine was a pile of dung.

Now I know you don’t want to restart that argument….

Where’s McD when I need him? He tends to take my side 😉

But think about it…almost all Marvel movies of the past five years have been devoted to setting up The Avengers…cross-promotion, post-credits scenes, all that shit. It’s not that they can’t make more movies about Marvel characters, but I think it’d be rather fidgety…like, they won’t know what to do with themselves. And, imagine if The Avengers flops…

If The Avengers flops then they are in serious trouble. But there’s nothing to stop them carrying on with the characters on their own. Hulk and Iron Man are established now so they can carry on afterwards whether or not it works.
If it does well, they will inevitabley try and make as much money out of it as possible. If it bombs, they’ll sweep it under the carpet and try to carry on anyway.
The Marvel market is too lucrative (think merchandising) to ever be finite. That’s what I think anyway. Plus I’d be really sad if there wasn’t a new movie to look forward to.

The only reason I’m looking forward to Deadpool the most is because it seems like the only one of the bunch where they actually casted the right guy to play him. Still pretty skeptical about Evans as Cap, but Thor should be awesome (hopefully). And, yeah, Avengers better not flop or Marvel’s gonna look like idiots.

Ryan Reynolds does seem a good fit. I’m totally with you on Evans, hoping he’ll prove us both wrong.
As for Thor and Avengers, they have potential, I’m hoping they fulfil it

McD is at home… washing his tights!

Hi, I just wanted to say that this is a very nice overview. I am really worried about the avengers movie simply because they are hyping it like crazy. How can than possibly hope to meet expectations?!

I hope that both Thor and Cap are good films. I do really like that Marvel has direct control over these movies. It allows for some neat interplay.

I’m worried about X-Men First Class. It feels like its just going to be the WB version of the x-men. I couldn’t care less about Wolverine 2 though. But Deadpool (at the beginning) was practically the ONLY good thing about wolverine, so I’d be interested in a movie of his.

I’m already freaking out about “Iron Man 3.” I was one of eight people who stayed through allllllll the credits for the promo I knew was coming, and when it did some guy in the back yelled out “SUCKERS!” as a diss to everyone who left.

Movie nerds. Gotta love ’em.

Ian: Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hype is always a problem. Just look at Iron Man 2. People are ripping it apart because the hype said it would be amazing (in my opinion, it was).

As for the X Men films. It’s hard to know what they’ll be like. The last two films got such wide spread criticism, maybe they’ve learned from it?

Meredith: I always stay right to the bitter end. Just in case 😉

The Avengers is going to just be great! But I just hope they can get it right and not over-load it with too many villains and superheroes, like X-Men 3.

There is a danger of that. There’s just so many out there to choose from it’s tempting to try and stick them all in one film!

Could have cared less about The Avengers……….until Joss Whedon became attached to it.

Now I’m salivating with anticipation.

Exactly. I think if anyone can pull of The Avengers it’s Whedon.

You should also mention the Spider-Man reboot which they are planning. Despite the fact that its a terrible idea….

I would much rather prefer a Justice League movie, with Christian Bale playing Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and Patrick Bateman. That would be sexy.

Ian: tell me more….?

Frank: DC traitor! Be gone with you!
(just kidding, but DC sucks compared to Marvel.)

They are rebooting the whole franchise. Raimi and MacGuire were fired and Spidey 4 was scrapped.

Stupid idea if you ask me, but I’m not a hip, all-knowing Hollywood exec.

How is Robert Downey Jr going to do Iron Man 3 and The Avengers at the same time? Both for a 2012 release! I have to give Marvel this: They are highly ambitious…or just want money. I have high hopes for Captain America. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull…Hell yea!

Because he is a superhero. He managed Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man this year.
Hugo Weaving is going to be really good I hope

Out of all these, I’m only excited about Thor because of Branagh’s involvement. I never even read the comics but the cast is just fantastic, it even compelled me to blog about it ( The first photo looks great, too, but I’m really curious to see the first trailer. He just might bring the Shakespearean sensibilities to this comic book adaptation.

Gotta say I’m not a major Branagh fan. I’m intrigued by Thor, not as excited about it as I was about Iron Man, but I have high hopes for it sucking me in!

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