Keep believing, True Believers! Answers about that mysterious Marvel movie dated for August 2014 are on the way — as soon as today, if Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito is to be believed.
Speaking with MTV News at the world premiere of his Marvel One-Shot film “Item 47,” D’Esposito teased that answers regarding the studio’s future are coming at Comic-Con’s Marvel panel on Saturday (July 14).
“At Hall H [today], that might answer some of your questions,” he said with a grin. Without going into details on the specific title, D’Esposito explained the reasoning behind the property they’ve selected as their next film. “It can always be an “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Cap”. We need to grow from there.”
It’s commonly believed that Marvel will be announcing “Guardians of the Galaxy” as their next movie after “Captain America 2.” With characters featuring the likes of a space-raccoon with attitude and a talking tree, “Guardians” would easily be the most obscure Marvel title to make its way onto the big screen to date. But D’Esposito sees plenty of upside in pursuing that option.
“That would be Marvel in space,” he said. “That’s a great concept and a great idea, and potentially one of our films in the future.”
Another possible candidate is “Black Panther,” a superhero story that centers on T’Challa, the defender of a fictional African nation called Wakanda.
“He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values,” said the Marvel exec. “But it’s a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It’s always easier basing it here. For instance, ’Iron Man 3′ is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you’re always faced with those difficulties.”
No matter what they select as their post-“Captain America 2″ film, Marvel has no shortage of options. They have so many options, in fact, that the studio might want to reconsider their current model of releasing just two films per year.
“The temptation is to try a third, and maybe we will,” said D’Esposito. “But we’re a small group. It’s very, very difficult. We’re unique as a studio. We’re not just the studio, we produce the films ourselves. It requires a lot of hands on time and effort. You can only stretch it so much before it breaks. So we’re very mindful of that. We have to check our enthusiasm. We can’t be overly aggressive. We still want to make quality films, and that’s the most important thing for us.”
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