Marvel has the next few years locked in terms of its release pattern with Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger opening next summer to precede the release of The Avengers in 2012, a film that plans to bring those two titles together with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Nick Fury. But what happens after those films have their potentially lucrative run at the box office?
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige recently talked with MTV about Marvel's plans for the future. And he revealed which heroes might next see the big screen. Runaways, about a group of teens who discover that their parents are super villains, is already set for a 2011 release date.
Kevin also mentioned that Iron Fist, Black Panther, S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy are all in the planning stages, and that each of these titles have the potential to be the studio's next big franchise. Here is what he had to say:
"I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with Iron Fist lately is exciting. I think Black Panther and Wakanda has some amazing potential to be a feature film. Doctor Strange, as you've mentioned. There are some obscure titles, too, like Guardians of the Galaxy. I think they've been revamped recently in a fun way in the book."
When asked about a Nick Fury movie, Kevin responded with this:
"I think the answer is yes. I think S.H.I.E.L.D. could be it's own franchise. I think, frankly, 'The Avengers' is going to be told from that point of view more so than any of the other films at that point, so we're going to get an inside look [at how S.H.I.E.L.D.] operates."
To watch the actual video interview with Kevin Feige, head over to MTV.