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When I asked Washington if he’d even been approached by Marvel to play a hero, he told me the answer. When I followed up and asked if it was something he’d even be interested in, he confessed a major truth.
We have been hearing that the menacing Ultron will have to travel to Black Panther’s home land of Wakanda to pick up valuable resources in Joss Whedon’s sequel. But it’s unclear if an actor will have been cast to play the hero T’Challa in a Marvel movie for this potential cameo.
Kevin Feige is continuing to tease new Marvel projects, and the two latest names to get dropped will delight fans and actors alike. Let the dream casting begin.
All kidding aside, by “contract” he could just be speaking of a hypothetical contract. As in, “I didn't sign anything, so I'm not anything yet.” Or is he winking at the fact that he can't legally say anything, but he has talked to Marvel about the role?
The Avengers 2 is being titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel will add new superheroes to the returning group of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Find out who those new superheroes are, and more, right here.
John Boyega is destined to become an icon of pop culture when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters in 2015. But the Nigerian-Brit who drew international notice with his lead role in the 2011 sci-fi adventure Attack the Block is looking to another universe for his next role - more specifically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So, aside from some obvious guesses, those seven slots could be filled with several different Marvel properties. Which are they? Will we see The Punisher again? Could The Inhumans make their presence felt? And what's Thor up to?
We all know Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige have a master plan that theoretically takes them to 2028. We just don't know what projects will take them to that point... or at least we don't know for sure, as seven names have popped up that point towards where the studio might be going with this hero business.
Marvel Studios movies have featured a good number of black actors playing strong supporting roles from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to Don Cheadle as James Rhodes to Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, but one step they have yet to take is making a solo movie about a black superhero. The easiest way for them to do this is with a film about Black Panther (their most popular black superhero in the comics), but while the project has been in development for years it has never actually happened.
How many Marvel movies do you want? How about all the Marvel movies? Right now, the studio is stepping up to the plate and blasting them out like Barry Bonds with a handful of flax seed oil coupons. And who could blame Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for getting a little bold and presumptuous?
Lee was asked several questions about possible upcoming Marvel movies, and while most of this probably has to fall into the category of “speculation,” Lee likely is in the loop on decisions pertaining to Marvel properties, and I don’t think he’s pulling this information out of thin air.
Talk of Marvel finally making a Black Panther movie has been around basically as long as Marvel has been making movies, and since way before movies like The Avengers were big enough to assume Marvel could do whatever they want. There's nothing officially in the works to make the Black Panther movie happen, but a lot of fans are hoping that might change at Marvel's Saturday Comic-Con panel… and one of the company's executives just added a lot of fuel to that fire at another Comic-Con panel
He may still have to beat out Morris Chestnut, a much older and more established actor who's also been rumored for the role, and who knows what other actors who might be on the shortlist. But the fact that a shortlist may exist at all is a strong sign that the Black Panther movie really is happening-- even if the likes of Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and who knows what else still seem to be ahead of it in line.
While most of Marvel Studio's Phase Two plans involve sequels it already looks as though Phase Three will be a time dedicated to introducing some new superheroes to the world.
The previously released Marvel films are filled with Easter Eggs hinting at a larger cinematic universe that includes more than just Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, but my favorite among them comes from the end of Iron Man 2. Featured in the scene where Tony Stark is meeting with Nick Fury about the Avengers Initiative, if you look at the monitors surrounding the two characters you can spot a world map with a bunch of points on it.