With "The Avengers" assembling in less than a year — pause, repeat: less than a year!! — it's time to start looking ahead at Marvel Studios' future plans.
"Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" are already a given, with "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" director Shane Black on the former and "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins attached to the latter. "Ant-Man" is also developing with "Scott Pilgrim" director Edgar Wright still hard at work on the pint-sized superhero's big debut.
But what happens next? Where does Marvel turn for its next big hit? The answer, perhaps, is best read in a Sean Connery circa "DragonHeart" voice: "To the stars, Bowen! The stars!" Or, in less confusing terms: Marvel is exploring the cosmos.
In Entertainment Weekly's extensive feature on "The Avengers," Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that movies based on "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Inhumans" are currently in the works. "There's an opportunity to do a big space epic, which 'Thor' sort of hints at, in the cosmic side of the [Marvel] universe," he explains. That certainly gels with what Feige said regarding the plot for "Thor 2," which will literally take the Asgardian hero to the farthest corners of the universe.
So can we expect cameos from Black Bolt, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and more when the "Thor" sequel rolls into town? One certainly hope so, but without creative teams and official release dates announced, it's probably wisest not to get your hopes up too high about the "Guardians" and "Inhumans" movies.
Still… the prospect of an eventual "Annihilation"-styled crossover on the big screen? Too awesome for words.
Thanks to io9 for the head's up.
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