While we are still unsure of what films Marvel has planned after 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel President Kevin Feige has confirmed the fate of a property that we haven’t heard much about in a while, and the fact that it won’t be in their 2016-2017 line-up, as well as what WILL be showing up in their future films.
First, let’s talk about some things that we WILL be seeing. I don’t know about you, but when I started hearing about Marvel’s Phase 2, I kept wondering “Where’s Hulk?” Mark Ruffalo was an enjoyable part of The Avengers, and hasn’t yet gotten a movie based solely on himself, since he took over the role of Bruce Banner, but it seems like Marvel’s President is in the same boat. When asked about whether or not they were going to take another shot at The Hulk in a solo flick, Feige responded, “I think we have something special with our Mark Ruffalo Banner, and we’d love to see where we could take his stories,” so, hopefully, that’s a bit a good news for any Hulk fans out there. If we don’t get a solo Hulk movie, Feige has confirmed that the green giant will play a “significant role” in The Avengers‘ sequel.
And, speaking of “significant roles,” it’s also been confirmed that Hawkeye, portrayed Jeremy Renner, is planned to have a much bigger role as well, with Feige saying “Joss has a great storyline in mind for him that shows a deeper side and further fleshes out our favourite archer.” This is smart, as CW’s Arrow really seems to be taking off, so it isn’t like people can’t get into an archer among a cast of superheroes, and Renner has a lot to offer to the trick shotting SHIELD agent.
Despite this sequel focusing on The Avenger’s nemesis, Ultron, it seems that there is a small chance of using the villain to introduce its comic version’s creator Hank Pym, otherwise known as Ant-Man. While there are plans to make an Ant-Man movie in Marvel’s Phase 3, the scene is just too busy right now, as Feige sums it up by saying “There are three or four slots. We’ve got six or seven things going. We’ve got to choose which four will go. It’s a Battle Royale!” I’m hard pressed to disagree with that, as even just writing this article was a bit overwhelming, considering the many different directions in which the films are going.
When asked about Namor the Sub-Mariner, Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the aquatic hero have not yet reverted back to Marvel Studios, replying simply, “That’s at Universal.” So we will, unfortunately, not be seeing Narmor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. I don’t think there has really been much clamor for that film to be made, or for the character to be introduced, but I could be wrong. Anyone out there dying to see an underwater journey with Namor? Which movie or possibility of a movie are you looking forward to most out of Marvel’s line-up?