Marvel Studios 2014 Plans. Who, What, And Just Cause...

What are the potential films that Marvel could release in 2014 and which projects currently in development make sense for the May 16, 2014 release date.

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By Mark Julian - 9/23/2011

Recent interviews with Chris Evans [Captain America] have revealed that the inevitable sequel to the smash summer hit will likely come in 2014. Furthermore, Evans revealed that Cap likely won't cameo in any of the post-Avengers sequels due to the structure of his contract. Also, I think because The First Avenger is a period movie, having Steve Rogers cameo in Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 would seriously screw up the continuity of Marvel's films [looking at you Fox]. With one 2014 movie being released May 16, 2014, just two weeks after the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and another on June 27, 2014, it's safe to assume that the Cap sequel will be the movie released on the 27th in order to capitalize on the following weeks Fourth of July holiday. So that leaves the May 16, 2014 release date as the big mystery. What could Marvel Studios possibly be planning that could match the hype and fanfare that Spider-Man will surely bring?


Well this past summer has seen a lot of news and developments come out of Marvel regarding their plans for life beyond Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man, and Thor. Back in August we were told Marvel just had the Doctor Strange script delivered by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Beginning in March of this year, the number of actors coming out and expressing interest in Luke Cage has to mean that this one is coming down the Marvel pipeline soon. Also in August, we were all somewhat stunned to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy were suddenly in active development at Marvel Studios. Back in April, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright also joined the dubious "in development" game when they moved their thimble a few paces past GO by handing in their second draft of the Ant-Man script. Lengthening the the growing list of Marvel movies in development, was the news that Raw Leiba recently met with Marvel about reportedly portraying Black Panther rogue, Erik Killmonger. Oh, and don't forget those Namor The Sub-Mariner teasers that have been carefully sprinkled in Iron Man 2.
Based on these developments, we have a current list of potential Marvel movies containing:

  • Ant-Man
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Luke Cage
  • Namor The Sub-Mariner


Of course, there is also the possibility that Marvel could be planning a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to spin-out of The Avengers or maybe even another Hulk movie. But more than likely, the other 2014 movie will be based on one of the character listed above. The character that makes the most sense here is Black Panther. He's a character with a deep history and has strong ties to the Avengers which would work well with Marvels apparent plan to have individual character story-lines all weave back towards assembling an Avengers team. Plus, you can't follow a movie like Spider-Man with a risky character that the general populace isn't overly familiar with. If Marvel continues to follow their current plan for the Avengers sequel, then Black Panther makes the most sense out of all the movies currently in development. Of course if certain rumors prove to be true, then Guardians of the Galaxy also would make sense for Marvel but that's a step in breaking away from the Avengers formula. Instead of a solo hero movie that leads back to a second Avengers film, the Guardians of the Galaxy already contains a team element, one that's as different from the Avengers as apples are to oranges. What's smart about this approach is that it truly opens up story line possibilities for Marvel to go beyond Earth and beyond it's interwoven earthbound stories. What would be extremely cool, is if Marvel started a totally different space continuity, completely independent but running concurrent to what's happening with Cap, Thor, Hulk, etc. You could then have the space storyline and earthbound storyline all come together for one seriously monumental cinematic comic book movie event. At the same time, it would be a neat mechanism for escaping the tight constrictions continuity places on the director and script writers who have been quietly voicing complaints ever since Marvel saw a golden opportunity with a harmless, last-second cameo in Iron Man. Speculatively speaking, the wonderful continuity Marvel has created has probably also cost them the directorial vision of both Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh, maybe even Brian Kirk. Continuing on this path, the creative constraints of continuity are probably the reason Marvel's looking to bring in young, relatively inexperienced directors for their upcoming projects. Directors who won't have the successful back-history to balk at heavy studio influence of how stories must unfold and what subplots have to be included. But that's a different conversation all together and it's just my personal musings.

With Iron Man 3 [May 3, 2013], Thor 2 [July 26, 2013 release date] coming out a year after the Avengers and Captain America set for a 2014 release date, we can rest assured that the other 2014 film won't be one of the big 3. While there's still a chance that the Avengers will setup the Hulk to steal the show and use that momentum to steamroll him into another solo film, it's really unlikely given the past financial figures and overall critic/fan perception of the last two attempts. It's looking like Marvel will be introducing a new hero in 2014 and it's someone that has the potential to derail or invigorate the Marvel Studio superhero franchise. Which of the above heroes has the following and origin story to handle that pressure?

As for the other potential movies on the list, I'll leave it to you guys to argue the merits and detractions of releasing them in 2014 below, in the comments section. Sound off in an orderly and civilized fashion!













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HeadlessJensen - 9/23/2011, 6:38 AM
Namor! yay! Finally!
VictorHugo - 9/23/2011, 6:43 AM
Ant Man could make an appearance in IRON MAN 3!

It could follow that storyline in which Iron Man defeats the Hulk but gets trapped in his damaged armor, then Ant-Man comes to save him by trying to open his helmed.

It was Ant-mans finest, most useful moment.
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 6:45 AM
What about avengers 2
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 6:49 AM
Idk this article shouldn't be on main, its just a bunch of assumptions who's to say cap2 can't be in may with avengers 2 in July. If avengers makes 600 mil or more there not gonna wait 3 years to pump out 2.
marvel72 - 9/23/2011, 6:51 AM
out of all those movies i want to see a guardians of the galaxy movie the most followed closely by namor & dr.strange.
ONECAT56 - 9/23/2011, 6:52 AM
S.H.I.E.L.D. OR BLACK PANTHER.
ThaMessenger07 - 9/23/2011, 6:53 AM
I agree @Intruder with the Doctor Strange stmt. He is definitely the next big Franchise, followed by Black Panther and/or Luke Cage, depending on Actor cast as Cage.

I really think they should just halt an Ant-Man movie. It's a bad idea.
ThaMessenger07 - 9/23/2011, 6:54 AM
And Nsmor would be a nice Cameo in one of the films with his own movie after a Cap2 or Avengers2 Cameo.
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 6:56 AM
Don't be suprised if they take a chance with antman on a december November 2013 release,just to get that movie done and over with so they can add him and his villains to avengers 2. Namor and Strange have got to be the next 2 on the list after antman. Those are both 2 heros that with a good enough script and direction don't need tie in to the rest of the marvel universe for people to show up, I think the general public can be interested in both NAmor and Strange without anyone even knowing there marvel films.
csdot - 9/23/2011, 6:56 AM
why would CA:FA being a period film create continuity problems if Cap were in Thor 2 or IM 3? it ends with him in present day, hes in The Avengers, and either sequel would presumably take place after Avengers...
GodzillaKart - 9/23/2011, 6:58 AM
All would be great except for Guardians of the Galaxy. That would be one big, stinking pile of fail. Because...

1. The public has NO idea who they are and NOTHING invested in them.
2. Most comic fans have a VAGUE idea who they are and NOTHING invested in them.
3. It wouldn't be cheap to bring to the big screen.

The Guardians of the Galaxy could be appropriate as side characters in other Marvel movies, but not in their own show. MAYBE if they cameo in a bigger name movie and prove to be INSANELY popular. Other wise, FORGET it Marvel.

My use of caps in this post have been GREAT!
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 6:59 AM
Cbmfanx1, really its just a editorial people write this crap up all day but this hits main because....... Well
braveone - 9/23/2011, 6:59 AM
Why would anyone watch a movie about some insane dude who turns himself into an ant. I guarantee you that movie will bomb if they ever make it. I believe DR. strange, Guardians of the universe and black panther are more likely of success.
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 7:02 AM
Yeah panther before cage for shore he's more iconic and they are crying for a African American hero. The ant man movie is the furthest in development and I'm shore Wright has a awesome script.
JWStubner - 9/23/2011, 7:03 AM
ANT-MAN or Doctor Strange for 2014. Namor should be a villain in The Avengers 2. It writes itself.
JWStubner - 9/23/2011, 7:03 AM
Also I'm with the majority here. We need Black Panther before we need Luke Cage..
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 7:04 AM
@brave one, cause antman has ultron and them we get vision for avengers 3!
Cross - 9/23/2011, 7:08 AM
DOCTOR STRANGE.
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 7:13 AM
Namor and Strange will be on the back burner until Ironman3 money comes in. I say its go like this
2013
Ironman 3, thor2 and antman either being nov,dec or jan14
2014
Cap2, avengers 2 with a tie in to black panther
2015
Panther, strange
2016
Thor3 cap 3
2017
Gardians, and avengers 3
2018
Namor
FUBLU - 9/23/2011, 7:13 AM
I say, Black Panther & Ant-Man to help introduce Avengers 2. (I really hope they can come up with some kind of way to incorporate Hank Pym in modern times with the Avengers and throw that damn idea of placing it in the 60's out the window!)

I also believe with Thanos possible involvement in The Avengers, they will interweave the idea of bringing on the Guardians of The Galaxy.
Seeing as to how Doctor Doom is locked up with FOX, I seriously believe MARVEL should capitalize on making Thanos "THE" MARVEL villain of their cinematic universe.
One2ephu - 9/23/2011, 7:16 AM
I'd like to see an angel/arch angel from x-men movie. He's got a fascinating story and great look, overall awesome character... No to ant-man.
dickmastaflex - 9/23/2011, 7:16 AM
Eh I wish I could edit comments, namor and strange are on the back burner till avngers* 2 no Who comes
BillyBatson1000 - 9/23/2011, 7:22 AM
<---- I'd go for The Inhumans. But untied to the FF canon.
SpiderBat209 - 9/23/2011, 7:22 AM
Moon Knight, Foo! Bring on Moon Knight! :D
cwatts22 - 9/23/2011, 7:22 AM
What if....
Loki brings the Skrulls to Earth to distract the Avengers from his main target: Atlantis.
No? Dumb idea? I should keep my mouth shut.
MarvelousMarty - 9/23/2011, 7:22 AM
Wouldn't it be nice if Chris Evans agreed to give up a couple of days to make some cameos and not count it towards his contractual obligations. Maybe the millions and millions he's already earnt isn't enough. Greedy twat. Gone right of him now. Bring on Captain Britain to kick his arse.
superwolverine - 9/23/2011, 7:29 AM
I'm sick of waiting for ant-man edgar wright screwed us out of a full avengers line-up. I don't see the fascination with this director or Dr.strange for that matter i was never really into magic-based super-heroes.
Gigacrusher45 - 9/23/2011, 7:35 AM
Why do they think the Captain America sequels are going to take place not in the present? Yes the first movie took place in a different time but as that movie clearly showed Captain is not in that time anymore. His sequels would take place in present time.
LMB10 - 9/23/2011, 7:43 AM
There is NO way Avengers 2 will come out in 2014.

2015 at the EARLIEST.
Tevii - 9/23/2011, 7:52 AM
Black Panther and Namor! About time!!!!!!! Im really curious how they will approach Guardians of the Galaxy.
Kayo - 9/23/2011, 7:55 AM
Dr. Strange is on the hotseat right now
MarvelousMarty - 9/23/2011, 7:55 AM
Captain America vs Jesus would be epic. As long as Jesus didn't scratch Cap with his long nails! Ha Ha Ha, nails, Jesus, great huh?
Chewtoy - 9/23/2011, 7:56 AM
As has been said many times, Luke Cage isn't a concept to pursue unless you can do it dirt cheap. He's Blade without the mythology, weapons, look (or vampires)... Good luck selling that.

Black Panther has everything that Luke Cage is missing, and the African flair would give it a unique feel.

Ant-Man is the most easily relatable concept on the list, and the whole shrinking genre has often been a hit with audiences.

The flop that was Green Lantern probably took some of the steam out of a Guardians of the Galaxy idea. Weird outer space superheroes may be a tough sell, though (as with GL) there's obviously potential there if they get it right.
BlindLemonShemp - 9/23/2011, 8:00 AM
there were namor teases in iron man 2? say what?

clearly i missed those... can someone elaborate please?
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/23/2011, 8:00 AM
Black Panther
Namor
Doctor Strange
Nick Fury

those i wanna see!:)

Oh and of course my horror favorites
Werewolf By Night and The Tomb of Dracula!
Someone should be already writing the scripts for those films!
Kayo - 9/23/2011, 8:00 AM
2014:

Dr. Strange

Cap 2
GodzillaKart - 9/23/2011, 8:03 AM
The best bets are Dr. Strange, Black Panther and Namor.

Guardians of the Galaxy would fail.
GodzillaKart - 9/23/2011, 8:06 AM
Question for the masses:

Why is it that Namor is so frickin' cool and Aquaman is so frickin'...not cool (trying to train myself not to use "gay" as a pejorative) when they are almost the same character? Thoughts?
Chewtoy - 9/23/2011, 8:07 AM
I'm still surprised that the Deepwater Horizon spill in the gulf didn't spur development of a Submariner film. Hell, I wanted to see Namor surface and start kicking ass in real life after that. He definitely should be an antagonist until the final act, however, when he can opt for peace while Attuma throws a coup to continue the war.

Dr. Strange is another good property, if developed right. Developed wrong will give them that Nick Cage Sorcerer's Apprentice film from a year or so ago.
Kayo - 9/23/2011, 8:08 AM
we don't know maybe Marvel might come up with S.H.I.E.L.D movie.
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