Comic-Con: Avengers Roster & Future Marvel Movies

Published 6 years ago by , Updated June 16th, 2010 at 2:43 pm,

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Marvel Studios had a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday by providing fans with one of the most entertaining panels of the event. That presentation was of course, for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, which he delivered to the loyal Hall H residents in full force.

Screen Rant master Vic and I attended the Iron Man 2 panel and were treated to something amazing. But we’ve already talked about that and while you wait for the trailer we saw to eventually come online, you may be wondering what updates there have been for the other more distant films in Marvel’s production queue.

Find the latest on the Avengers team-up film and other Marvel films in development after the jump.

After the panel, more Marvel movie goodies were revealed in some roundtable interviews where Vic was involved. Participating in the interviews were key cast members Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson, as well as director Jon Favreau and Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige.

Feige had the most interesting things to say about the Iron Man sequel and the Avengers movie.

According to Feige, Iron Man 2 is not about cramming in too many characters, the cardinal sin of a sequel. He emphasizes that it’s totally Tony Stark’s story and that it’s going to weave into Thor’s story and Steve Rogers’ story and that it already is in Nick Fury’s and SHIELD. This is about Tony Stark glibly declaring “I am Iron Man” and what that means for him and those around him.

Any character franchise that launches must stand on its own two feet. They have to do the same thing with Thor and Captain America so that when the Avengers movie comes, it’s not just a team movie but has characters that you already care about, understand and empathize with.

If a sequel to The Incredible Hulk is ever made, Feige says it will be after the Avengers. I hope by then Marvel is able to increase their feature film financing capacity to be able to produce four big-budget blockbusters a year. Until that happens, I think Hulk is lower priority than other characters who are more worthy of sequels or origins movies.

On that note, later in the roundtable, Feige explained that after the writers strike, Marvel is back on schedule for two films a year (having none this year and only one next year in Iron Man 2). Feige re-iterated that the less the films cost, the more profit they make and the more films they can make.

As for Ed Norton playing Bruce Banner in Avengers, there’s a “chance” according to Feige, but he didn’t sound very positive. For continuity reasons and to really strengthen Marvel’s impact with this film, I personally find it important the Norton have a role in the movie. The Hulk along with Captain America, Iron Man and Thor are key to me and I think those four should comprise the core of the film and its title roster.

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In planning Iron Man 2, Feige explained that they were interested in the villains that would enhance Tony’s character. Justin Hammer is who Stark was before he was ambushed in Afghanistan, the other side of his personality is the inventor/grease monkey side and that is represented by Whiplash. Feige says that it’s fun taking a character no one thinks much of and making him cool (Whiplash).

Feige reveals that at the start of the film, Stark is quite pleased with himself, but over the course of the film the stresses of being Iron Man will be demonstrated and become a crucial part of the story.

What other characters could we see in the future? Well, Kevin’s favorites are Dr Strange, Ant-Man, Black Panther and Iron Fist. All of which, without coincidence, have long been speculated as future Marvel movies in development. He also says that he’d like to break into the cosmic part of the Marvel Universe more (Thor will touch on this).

What kind of Thor can we expect? The Kirby/Stan Lee/Simonson Thor. In the Thor film, it’s based in the scientific, not fantasy – it’s simply science we just don’t yet understand or know about.

Head to the following page for more info and updates on the characters we’re likely to see in the Avengers.

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  1. Yeah, this movie does have all the potential to suck badly and yet has all the makings of being the greatest superhero movie ever made. Marvel had done well with linking the IM and Hulk movies to the Avengers, but let’s not screw it up by taking Hulk out of the picture now. We don’t even know how well Thor and Captain America will do at the box office. If it’s a financial decision to not go with Hulk for this film, then they need to re-do, re-plan, and re-think their budget because he is a vital part to this team (perhaps not in the comic book stories, but in terms of fan pleasing and movie profiting).

  2. This cannot be happening!!! Why waste our time with the Gen.Ross/Tony Stark final scene if they are going to scrap the Hulk idea out of the Avengers??? What a colossal letdown this is!!! Granted, nothing is set in stone yet, but it sure doesn’t sound good at all. Man, we went from having to wait 3 years to 4 years for this movie and now Hulk won’t even be in it.

  3. So, Kevin Feige is going to stand by whatever Zak Penn puts on paper? Why don’t you cast off Thor while you’re at it! Damn this sucks!!!!!

  4. Ms Marvel/Carol Danvers would also fill Feige’s cosmic bill since she is has Kree/Human DNA..

    Henry Lawson, who is the alien Kree hero Captain Marvel also would fit the bill as well..

  5. I’ll be pissed if Hulk makes it into the movie and has a tiny role. Why can’t he be given the same treatment that the other 3 guys are clearly getting? I don’t want to hear about Cap A, Thor, and IronMan getting 90% of face time while Bruce Banner and the Hulk, if they are even used in this movie, not getting fully utilized. What an epic disaster this could be!!

  6. Stan Lee, please fix this Hulk omission!!!! How do we petition Marvel?

  7. Zak Penn will only be the first draft. Don’t think if Favreau directs this movie he won’t bring on his people to rewrite. Remember, Iron Man had at least 4 writers to get the script ready to film. This movie is 3 years away. there is still alot of manuevering to be done. Of course there is going to be alot of doubt associated with this undertaking of such a highly anticipated film. Feige knew this going in. Everybody just needs to remember “what makes a good movie” after all, we just want a good movie…don’t we?

  8. Guys,

    I spoke to Feige at one of the roundtable interviews and he seemed quite adamant that the Hulk WOULD be in the Avengers movie, and not just as a cameo.


  9. I still find it amusing that the Hulk has, has, HAS, *HAS* to be included in this movie. I have been an Avengers reader longer than most of you, probably, and I haven’t read a single issue with the Hulk included. Conversely, I’ve always seen Hercules as the “Hulk” of the Avengers – ya know, the powerhouse (when Thor isn’t around, anyway). Wish Herc would be in this movie instead, but ah well.

    Anyway, I guess it’s still a nod to how the team originally started. Hulk, Thor, Wasp, Ant-Man (Hank Pym) and Iron Man were the original Avengers. And I do agree that the cameo by RDJr. at the end of Hulk should mean something. So, okay. But the Hulk can definitely be excluded from any further possible sequels. And I wouldn’t have a problem with it whatsoever.

    I definitely wouldn’t hold my breath on Ed Norton being included, though. And it might be for the best if he’s not on the movie anyway, since from what I hear, his personality is so combustible on a movie set that it’d probably be Bryan Singer and Halle Berry all over again.

  10. Vic should have calmed all of you who want Hulk in this (that includes me). But I still have to wonder: if Thor or Cpt. Am. fails, will there still be an Avengers movie? If those movies do well (and I believe they will), I believe the Avengers should be Thor, IM, Cpt. Am., and Hulk (until the team has to fight him), with Ultron as the villain. Too many heroes will drain the budget. It all comes down to:

    “Get your a** to Mars”…I mean, get your butts in the seats! :-)

  11. Vic has just lowered my blood pressure and stress level wIth that news. Not sure why Feige implied something different. Thanks, Vic.

  12. John brings up a point I saw on one of the earlier posts. If cap and Thor end up not being a slam dunk at the box office then how does that affect how they approach Avengers? Granted the Avengers movie will be in production by the time those movies are released but it makes you wonder if they’ll cut things out just to save $$. But thanks for the heads up on the Hulk news today, Vic.

  13. Thanks Vic, was the roundtable interviews at SDCC?

  14. Yup, it was from the Con, late Saturday afternoon to be exact. :)


  15. Vic did feige tell u that after rob’s article or sometime during sdcc? Thx for the news regardless.

  16. Nice one, Vic. U saved many from cardiac arrest I guess. Like Phil G, I didnt feel Hulk was essential in Avengers movie either. Being ‘old faithfuls’, maybe that’s why we share the same opinion. Phil was spot on about the Herc/Thor substitutions (I preferred the ‘Thor’ Avengers tho). Hulk’s time as an Avenger is virtually negligible and true Avengers fans can do without him in a movie. Nevertheless, he’s more than welcome.

    But please let his presence not reduce the movie to a completely ‘smash-bash-biff-kapow’ movie. That would please the kids. If u notice: 3 of the 4 protagonists rely mostly on brute force in combat. Zak Penn: Let the Avengers movie have substance.

  17. Cool, thanks for the response Vic!

  18. I love that we’ll be getting the Lee/Kirby Thor!!! Yes!!! And I am SO glad the film is science based instead of fantasy/mythology.

  19. @svanger899

    That was at the roundtable, before this article.


  20. source said that Hulk/Bruce Banner will make cameo on iron man which means that he will be in the avengers.

  21. I read that, too, about Banner’s cameo in Iron Man 2…hopefully it’s not a bad rumor. I also read that Norton was asked about Hulk being in the Avengers and he basically said he didn’t want to comment since Marvel is so tight-lipped about what info they want to get out…

  22. I don’t know why everyone is so adamant about Hulk in the Avengers. Okay I’m out of touch, so I don’t know how the line-up has changed in oh, the last 2 decades. Hulk was a member for only a couple issues, I think. How is this suddenly canon? Avengers always has had line-up du jour, why the Hulk fixation? I’m surprised no one’s clamoring simply for another Hulk movie.

  23. What does a Lee/Kirby Thor mean? They created the comic character. So it will always be Lee/Kirby. I assume this means as opposed to something else. What else is there?

  24. Sylar my main reason has little to do with the comics and more to do with the fact that they have set it up and he’s in the universe that Marvel is establishing on film.

  25. Agreeing with Daniel F

    There is no way Marvel wouldn’t have Hulk in the film since they have already planted him in the film continuity.

    For Sylar

    One of the best aspects of the Avengers/Hulk connection is that everytiime Banner gained control of the Hulk, as a member of the team, he would eventually lose control and go on a rampage, forcing the Avengers to “try” and stop him. That would look great on film.

  26. Ok, when the first plans for an Avengers movie were announced, it was supposed to include ALL of the characters from the original lineup. What happened?!?! Now we are down to Cap. America, Thor, Nick Fury, Iron Man and maybe the Hulk. What happened to Ant-Man and The Wasp? Ant-Man’s solo movie is still in the works, so why isn’t he being mentioned as part of the Avengers lineup anymore? I know a lot of you may not give a hoot about him, but I personally would like to see ALL of the original lineup, not the stripped down version.

  27. I don’t see why some of you keep bringing up the fact that Hulk was only in a few issues of the Avengers. Who cares??? He’s one of the most marketable and appealing characters of the entire Marvel universe, so why not include him in the movie? Yes, he was in a short run in the original comics, but when Marvel released the Ultimates, a modernized version of the Avengers, he was a part of that, too. So, clearly they like to use him even if only for a short term. Technically, Cap didn’t show up until after Hulk left the Avengers, but there’s no reason to leave Cap off either.

  28. I read that Luke Cage is now on for a 2011 release. Do we know if there will be any tie-in to the Avengers?? Vic, any idea?? Not sure how I feel about Tyrese Gibson as Luke Cage…Cage is supposed to be much bigger.

  29. @O. Supreme

    While Feige is very much interested in a Luke Cage/Iron Fist movie, there is nothing solid right now. They have plenty to keep them busy for the next few years already.