Upcoming Marvel Movies – 2016 & Beyond19.02.16 # Marvel # 8 Comments
THOR: RAGNAROK (November 3rd, 2017)
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return, picking up where Thor was left off in ‘Age Of Ultron’. Loki will probably still be on the throne, having tricked his way into replacing Odin at the end of ‘The Dark World’. Marvel’s Kevin Feige has underlined that Ragnarok means “the end of all things”, and the movie will have big implications for the Marvel Universe going forward. “We plan on taking Thor to another level,” he says. The term “Ragnarok” crops up in the comics a few times, once as the name of Thor’s clone, but the closest likely reference is the storyline where the Gods of Asgard are killed… Cate Blanchett has been cast as Hela, who in the comics rules over the souls of those who didn’t die in battle and, in her attempt to collect the rest, teams with Loki to banish Thor from Asgard and destroy his hammer. Mark Ruffalo has revealed that Hulk will team up with Thor and it becomes a “universal road movie”, which could mean the two of them trying to get back to Asgard together. Blanchett’s Hela may also become a physical embodiment of Death, and so become the obsession of Thanos. Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury. Director Taika Waititi was part of the team behind ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ and helmed the funniest film of last year, ‘What We Do In The Shadows’. However he has no action or thriller experience whatsoever so his appointment is strange. One thing’s for certain, it’ll be the funniest Thor movie, despite its dark material.
GAMBIT (TBC 2017)
Gambit is a mutant who can create and manipulate kinetic energy, often combining that power with a skill throwing playing cards and other objects. Channing Tatum takes over the role last played in ‘Wolverine: Origins’ by Taylor Kitsch, and he’s keen to play up the Louisiana heritage this time, which could mean a thick Cajun accent. He’s a “smoking, drinking, women-loving, thief”, says Tatum. The movie’s expected to connect with the X-Men movies with the character potentially introduced in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. Léa Seydoux (‘Spectre’) plays Bella Donna, Remy LeBeau’s childhood friend and love interest who has her own unique psychic powers. The screenwriter of the ‘Robocop’ reboot has written the script, based off a treatment by original Gambit co-creator Chris Claremont. Producer Simon Kilberg says it will be something of a heist film / sexy thriller. This is certainly a high-risk project with lovable oaf Tatum always in danger of being unintentionally amusing in a silly role (see ‘Jupiter Ascending’) – here he’s probably sporting a Cajun accent, and they’re dropping $150 million on a movie (‘Deadpool’ was $58m) whose character has low public recognition. Still Doug Liman, director of ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’, is very capable.
DEADPOOL 2 (TBC 2017)
With the first movie a surprisingly huge box office smash, Fox’s sequel is taking the date vacated by the cancelled ‘Fantastic Four 2′. Reynolds says more Deadpool movies means continuing to explore X-Men’s side characters but also that “X-Force is my priority. I really want to get that in.” The X-Men universe is PG-13 but the more mature tone of the X-Force (a militant black-ops spinoff to the X-Men that’s often on a mission to kill) lends itself to Deadpool’s R-rating. Cable, the time-travelling leader of X-Force, will be in the Deadpool sequel, as explained by Deadpool himself in the post-credits scene. Fans’ choice Stephen Lang has expressed interest. Jeff Wadlow, director of ‘Kick-Ass 2’ was hired to write an X-Force script a couple of years back with a view to directing, but it was reportedly put on hold by the announcement of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. Whether X-Force is absorbed into the now red-hot Deadpool franchise or goes standalone after a Deadpool introduction remains to be seen.
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BLACK PANTHER (February 2018)
The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, protagonist T’Challa is also chief of its various tribes. He had to earn the title and attributes of the Panther by defeating various champions of the tribes. One of his first acts as leader was to disband and exile the secret police and its chief, his adopted brother Hunter the White Wolf. Wakanda is extremely wealthy, thanks to the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create Captain America’s shield and the mesh in Black Panther’s costume. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies, as many are after it. In the comics he’s a skilled martial artist with acute senses – a hunter, strategist, and inventor. He has access to magical artifacts, advanced Wakandan technological and military hardware, and his country’s army is one of the world’s most powerful. Feige says “He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t.” Created by Stan Lee with Jack Kirby, the character is notable for being the first black superhero in mainstream American comicbooks. He’ll be played by Chadwick Boseman, who made his name portraying Jackie Robinson and James Brown in biopics ’42’ and ‘Get On Up’. The movie will be helmed by the director of ‘Creed’ and ‘Fruitvale Station’. The character will debut prominently, in costume, in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – PART I (May 2018)
The Avengers finally take on Thanos in the ‘Infinity War,’ which will be broken into two films. The teaser trailer showed Thanos with a completed infinity gauntlet (see pic above). Each gem grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. It’s likely that, now all-powerful and desperate to win the affections of Death, Thanos decides to offer the entity a gift of love by completing a task she had given him – erasing half the sentient life in the universe. The surviving heroes on Earth band together to try and stop him. As Thanos has featured prominently in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, it’s likely they will be involved too.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (July 2018)
Evangeline Lilly dons her shrinking wing suit as The Wasp, to fight alongside Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Michael Douglas has asked for fewer expositional scenes this time round, replaced by more filmed sequences of the original Ant-Man and original Wasp. Who will play Janet van Dyne in those flashbacks and potentially the present day? (Is she stuck in Doctor Strange’s transdimensional world?) Douglas has asked that his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones be cast, while Lilly thinks Michelle Pfeiffer would fit. It’s unclear how much the movie will end up being split between the present and the ’60s, but Rudd and Lilly will certainly still be the focus. The director of the original, Peyton Reed, returns, while Rudd is co-writing the script as before, with Adam McKay (‘Anchorman’, ‘The Big Short’) in the same overseeing role. Peyton wants the sequel to be “much weirder”, which probably means delving further into the Quantum Realm, and Hank Pym’s complicated relationship with it. As the title suggests, he also wants it more of a two-hander between Rudd and Lilly: “We’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, how [the Ant-Man and Wasp] are such a great duo and partnership. Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together? …It’s crucial because in the comic books, Wasp came on pretty early and you really thought of them as a partnership, a romantic partnership as well as a hero team.”