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With all due respect to Marvel President Kevin Feige, who has advanced the Marvel brand by leaps and bounds when it comes to cinematic adaptations of the company’s incredibly popular books, the company always will (and should) be known as “The House that Stan Lee Built.” So when Lee speaks up about possible Marvel movies, we’re happy to open our ears and listen.
Lee spoke on camera with Too Fab (watch the clip above) about a Doritos Super Bowl contest that’s supposed to find a winning director who will work alongside Joss Whedon on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But Lee also 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.
When asked if Marvel likely will make a standalone movie for a female hero, Lee said:
Well probably at one time they’ll make a movie of the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The thing is, women like these movies as much as the guys, so we don’t have to knock ourselves out to find a female.”
Stan “The Man” wasn’t finished there. When asked which hero he’d like to see on screen who hasn’t been featured yet, he revealed:
They are going to do the Black Panther. They are going to use Doctor Strange. They are going to do Ant-Man. They are going to do the Guardians of the Galaxy. And they’ll probably do the Inhumans.”
Then Lee joked that he hopes to film a cameo in Age of Ultron, but it depends on whether he’ll have time to get to wherever Whedon films the movie. So for fun, here’s a montage of the cameos Lee has made in past Marvel movies:
Now, this is the first time I believe we have had anyone associated with Marvel discussing a possible Inhumans movie. Other names like Black Panther and Doctor Strange have been bandied about, with Feige saying on record that both of them are probable. Who are The Inhumans? Well, it’s complicated. They are a race of aliens created through experiments by the Kree, which they planned to use in their perpetual battle with their rivals, the Skrulls. For years, the Inhumans were a secret society, but over the years, they have assisted such groups as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four on missions against major powers like Galactus, Ultron and Magneto. There is a lot of potential for crossover in the Marvel universe if you introduce the Inhumans, and since the next steps in Marvel’s evolution seems to be toward space-based stories, this makes sense.
Or Lee might just be dabbling in a bit of wishful thinking. But like I said, because of who he is, when Lee talks, we tend to listen.