How much more cocky can Marvel Studios get? They’ve got three flicks opening this summer (Thor, Captain America and X-Men: First Class), they’re bringing the biggest superhero flick ever out next year (The Avengers), and now they’ve announced they’re already working on sequels to two of those highly ambitious efforts, not to mention developing films for several other characters.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told D23 Magazine that the two sequels are on the way, even though their predecessors haven’t been released yet, and also revealed (or seemed to) that the Cap sequel will take place in the modern world.
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.
As you can see, this is all very vague. There’s no word on who’s going to make these flicks, or whether Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth would return to reprise their respective roles as Cap and The God of Thunder. We’ve still got The Avengers and then Iron Man 3 to deal with, not to mention possible Deadpool and Ant-Man flicks, and that damn Amazing Spider-Man thing. All we can do at this point is pray for the longevity and continued quality of Marvel films.
And by the way, who else thought the most exciting piece of information in this post was the possibility of a Doctor Strange movie on the horizon? Can we move that to the front of the line, please? The Marvel Universe’s resident magician needs his story told.