Marvel Movie News: Captain Marvel, Falcon, Guardians & Loki

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 12th, 2014 at 7:59 am,

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After the success of The Avengers, Marvel Studios and parent company Disney couldn’t have found a better followup than the record-breaking Iron Man 3 – a movie that serves as the first chapter in the next phase of the expanding franchise. Up next on the two-films-per-year schedule is Thor: The Dark World this Fall, followed by the sequel to Captain America and a brand new IP in Guardians of the Galaxy next year, all before Marvel’s heroes reunite in the summer of 2015 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Looking into the upcoming slate of films, this Marvel movie news roundup covers comparisons between Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars; Thanos’ role in Guardians; Loki and Thor’s relationship in The Dark World; Chris Hemsworth’s perspective on playing Thor for the long haul; Anthony Mackie on Falcon’s costume and future; and the desire for a female superhero lead in a Marvel project.


Guardians of the Galaxy, Far, Far Away

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In the latest issue of Empire, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke a little on Guardians of the Galaxy and how it compares to Disney’s other upcoming space epic coming in 2015, Star Wars: Episode VII:

“We’re not making this to make Marvel’s Star Wars. We’re doing this to explore the other side of the existing Marvel Universe. The fact that Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a human from our time, that he carries a personal cassette recorder with him, already it’s very different. It’s not a long, time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it’s now in a galaxy far, far away.”

On Thanos’ involvement with Guardians of the Galaxy after a brief teaser introduction during the credits of The Avengers:

“Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”

That’s just one more confirmation of what we already knew – Thanos will appear and play a crucial role in Guardians of the Galaxy and we expect he’ll continue his work behind the scenes of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and beyond, leading to the main event in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy is just over two-thirds through principal photography according to star Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill aka Star-Lord in the film:


A Complicated Loki

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In an interview for MTV’s fall movie preview, Tom Hiddleston spoke on playing Loki once again after stepping into the God of Mischief’s boots as the primary antagonist of Thor and The Avengers.

“Loki has a very complicated relationship with Thor. He is an agent of chaos without equal in the world he inhabits. He knows his true nature. He knows he doesn’t belong in the family of Asgard, and he’s locked away in the beginning of the film in the deepest, darkest recesses of the dungeon as public enemy number one… Lo and behold, Asgard needs his help. That’s going to be a very complicated allegiance.”

These words echo what star Chris Hemsworth told us about the Thor-Loki relationship while we were on the set of Thor: The Dark World last fall. While we know little of Loki’s future outside of knowing he won’t be in The Avengers sequel, Hiddleston did offer one fun tease on a Hulk vs. Loki rematch:

“I do feel like there’s some unfinished business between Loki and the Hulk. I feel like he didn’t get a fair fight.”


Falcon, Another Flying Avenger?

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As additional leading and supporting characters earn spotlight attention throughout Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actors playing every single one of them cannot avoid being asked the big question of whether or not they’re going to earn a spot on the coveted roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come time for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We know Don Cheadle would love to suit up as War Machine, but as for Anthony Mackie’s Falcon who will be introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier next spring?

“I’m under contract for a bunch of movies but I don’t know if Avengers 2 is one of them. You’ve got a bunch of guys that get paid to go to work with their friends and have fun every day. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

Mackie also told Total Film (via The Global Dispatch) while promoting the home video release of Pain & Gain that when he put on the Falcon costume and wings he felt “invincible,” and despite looking like a “cartoon hero” he quickly bought into it. He’s lucky he’s wearing the realistic Ultimate Falcon costume and not the classic red and white tights.


Multi-Dimensional Thor

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After this fall’s release of Thor: The Dark World, Chris Hemsworth will be halfway through his six-picture contract with Marvel Studios. With his quick rise to stardom, is the Aussie actor getting tired of the role? In an interview with THR for the upcoming release of Rush, Hemsworth says he’s not and that he appreciates the gravity of the part he gets to play.

“No, as long as I get to squeeze in other things and do stuff in between that inspires me, which I’m managing to do. To be part of something that people love — whether it’s Thor on his own or Thor in The Avengers – is a chance you get once in your career, if at all. I’m not going to complain about it, certainly, but it’s a challenge each time you do it because you don’t want to fall into just Thor, just being a two-dimensional character.”

For more, read our on-set Thor 2 interview with Chris Hemsworth.


A Female Superhero Lead

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Speaking with CS, Marvel Studios producer Louis D’Esposito and director of Marvel One-Shots Item 47 and Agent Carter reiterated what he told us at Comic-Con this summer when presenting the Agent Carter short (attached to the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray). With a male-dominated Avengers team and only male characters getting solo flicks so far, there will be a day when Marvel Studios launches a franchise based around a female hero.

“There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero. We have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”

As for increasing the production slate to accommodate such a thing in the near future, it’s not realistic, D’Esposito explains, for the studio to release more than two films per year.

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Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I’m most looking forward to seeing GotG. I’m really curious to see how good the movie is.

    • Same here.

  2. Carol Danvers, Carol Danvers, did I say Carol Danvers.

    Bit of Ms Marvel never goes a miss [sorry old school apparently she's Captain Marvel these days - better get it in before I get corrected]

    Of the ones on offer I’d say Guardians as I’m not familiar with the comic so it’ll actually be something NEW which is a rarity these days.

    Hoping they’re be a “cantina” scene with some proper alien designs instead of Star Trek nose and forehead ridges.

    • No, I think you said “Goliath/Wasp, Goliath/Wasp”. Actually, they are the next two I want to see pop out of Marvel’s movie-pen. I am not opposed to more female heroes in The Avengers, but I want Wasp next. I do remember a female Captain Marvel from the comics years ago named Monica Rambeau, who was not bad as I recall. Although cultural diversity is not an important issue with me, she was black, very attractive, and female, which would satisfy priorities in several categories for people who would find that important. I know many people are anxious for Ms. Marvel as well. I am glad to see Scarlet Witch in there, as she was a priority along with Wasp for me (as is Quicksilver and Goliath, of course).

      • Surely though Wasp and Goliath would appear (if at all) in an Ant Man sequel (again if there is such a thing) instead of a new standalone IP.

        Do we know if Janet is in Edgar’s first crack at Ant-Man, whether as Wasp or not, if you’ve got Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne is usually about 3 feet away.

        Which Goliath? If I recall (I’m not a mega comic reader) there’s 3. Hank Pym, Clint Barton and ….. bugger some black dude who gets killed by the Thor Clone in Civil War. As you mention Wasp in the same breath I’m assuming you mean Hank.

        Where in Pym’s ever evolving identity crisis does Yellowjacket fit in?

      • Monica is currently in the avengers as Captain Universe but her character is described as “damaged.”

  3. Thank you Screen Rant for not being a gaggle of teenage girls clamoring to see Thor 2 just because Loki bats his eyelashes in it. Guardians of the Galaxy is the only Marvel movie on the new horizon that has me even remotely interested (although Black Widow’s expanded role in Cap 2 does have my curiosity slightly piqued).

  4. For the title: *’Captain America’. Although I wish it were Captain Marvel…

    • Nope, that’s 100% supposed to read “Captain Marvel” :)

  5. Yes, we want a Captain Marvel movie with Carol Danvers! Yes very much please. If they’re going to introduce the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy then the story of Mar-vell and Carol is just a step away.

    If anyone can do a kick-ass female superhero movie, it’s Marvel. I’m all for it, bring it on.

    Also, if Wasp is not in Ant-Man I will be VERY disappointed. She has to be there, just has to.

    • Pym things we need: Pym creates Ultron, is in Avengers #2 (or by thunder, #3 at the very least!!), Wasp, Ant-Man movie features Pym as the hero, Pym becomes Giant-Man and/or Goliath for Avengers.

  6. The last image IS Natalie Portman, she could make an excellent Ms Marvel.

    • Really? Hmmm okay, don’t agree but hey wouldn’t the world be boring if we all thought the same.

      Anyways, can’t happen… she’s Jane Foster, people would get confused, unless it’s Jane that gets turned in to Capitan Marvel not Carol.

    • More like Katee Sackhoff, who would be an excellent Ms Marvel.

      • +1000, yes please.

  7. If they do Claptain Marvel, he’d better be Mar-Vel not Carol Danvers.

    • you took the words right out of my mouth, now if they give us a frank cho style ms. marvel, i’m there dude!!!

    • Marvell has been dead dead dead for years and gives no sign of being resurrected, especially with his title now with Carol Danvers.

  8. I have high hopes for the rest of Phase 2. As much as I’m looking forward to all the pre-Avengers 2 movies, I have to say, I’m most excited for Cap 2.
    Being a huge fan of Brubaker’s run on Cap, and the Winter Soldier being such a bad@$$ character, I can’t wait to see it. GotG in a close second place though. It’s gonna be something special…

    Also, as usual, Yvonne Strahovski for Ms Marvel/Captain Marvel!!!!!! :D

      • yowza, yowza yowza!

      • That’s some pretty bad photoshop right there… ;)
        …Still awesome though. Yvonne Strahovski is one of my favorite actresses. She’s tough, can kick @$$, but she also has a vulnerable side which makes her characters (like Sarah from ‘Chuck’ and Hannah from ‘Dexter’) multi-dimensional.
        She’s not just eye candy.

      • I gotta buy a new screen for my computer…I just dove right through mine! That woman is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  9. I’m looking forward to Cap 2 the most, because it seems to directly follow the avengers, it seems most connected with the larger Marvel world and the shield plotline.

    And Cap was actually my fave in Avengers, he bled for New York! I can’t wait to see a crossbones Vs. Cap brawl.

    • As a Brit, I was worried that Captain America would be in-your-face patriotism and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t. As such, I’m most looking forward to The Winter Soldier. I know they’re all superheroes, but Cap just seems like a really good guy.

      • Cap is the man. He’s the one that planted the seed of doubt in Stark too! What are you without the armor Stark! You ain’t notnin’! paraphrased of course.

        • Now I can’t stop imagining Chris Evans as Cap saying the line “You ain’t notnin’!” :D

  10. Marvel is being really, really smart about this and not just rushing to use Thanos in Avengers 2–they’re gonna use Thanos in a spin-off movie to exploit the success of Avengers, milk money out of it, then use him for Avengers 3 and possibly 4(while avoiding 2).

    I imagine they’ll do the same for Ultron; After Avengers 2 they’ll use him in Ant-Man or something of that sort.

    That’s how you do business, not like the Warner Brothers clowns rushing to do Batman vs Superman because some nerds said it would be cool.

    • I can’t see them using Ultron again especially in the very next film.

    • WB/DC hasn’t rushed anything. Superman/Batman has been in the works since before MOS.

  11. Guardians, then Cap, then Thor. But I wanna see them really badley lol. Im going to all three at midnight.

  12. I’m pretty much anticipating GotG and CA:TWS equally. GotG has the edge because it’s fresh and the cast is full of powerhouses.

  13. Don’t you mean just *under* two-thirds, Rob? 66.3 is less than 66.6666~ after all. :P

    • Hope Guardians does not turn into all the bad connotations associated with the number “666″!

    • Nope. That tweet is from Sept 3 and this article was written Sept 5. OVER two-thirds.

  14. I wish people would stop saying things like “milk money” in reference to something
    as inconsequential as not using thanos in the second avengers.
    the largest percentage of people who go to see these movies have no idea who thanos is one
    way or another. that makes no difference.

    separately though, there’s not a marvel movie coming out I’m not excited to see!

    • Malcolm Milkum, dairy-farmer-extraordinaire’, applies for membership in The Avengers….!

  15. I’m more dialed into Thor 2 because it is closer to release but Winter Soldier and GOG intrigue me more over time. The cosmic side has so much untapped potential and I hope they do great with that movie especially. I really want to see an Inhumans project someday.

  16. It’s so hard to pick, the more I hear about each move the more excited I get for each, that bein said gotg is Prop the one I’m most looking forward to because its so completely different but ill def c then all !!!

  17. Them*

  18. Question what does IP stand for? I read another article where Vin Diesel mentions him in talks with Marvel for a possible new IP, I understand its has something to do with a new movie/character just wondering what it stands for (Independent Picture/property?)

    who ever answers thanks in advance :D

    • Intellectual property, if I remember correctly. Basically, something that is in some way unique that is ‘owned’ by someone. Vin Diesel is apparently ‘potentially’ working on a different Marvel character/franchise.

    • Intellectual Property i assume

  19. i think vin diesel will voice thanos or become vision(he tweeted vision pic)

    i dont think warner brothers is rushing batman vs superman at all… thats a great stepping stone to justice league movie…plus it make sense that the plot has to do with supermans destruction in man of steel and why a retired batman would have to step in to see what clarks motives really are

    im looking forward to cap movie because it has the most connection to avengers 2

  20. GotG is going to be awesome and I’m all in for a Captain Marvel movie. I’m excited for all of these movies, to be honest. Thor looks like it’ll be much better than the first and I think CA will be really good, based on what I’ve read.

  21. “Guardians of the Galaxy is just over two-thirds through principal photography”

    The logician in me can’t help but respond:

    66.3 < 66.6

    Therefore it is just under two-thirds.

    • How come the logician in you didn’t account for the additional two days between the tweet and this article’s publication? BOOM


      I can’t believe 2-3 people actually commented to correct a number about a date without… looking… at the dates lol

      • ROB, YOU DA MAN!

  22. I cannot wait for Captain America: The Winter Soldier! I cannot wait for Bucky’s return and to see The Falcon at last! I’m also curious about the relationship in between Black Widow and the Capt!

  23. Thor 2… I am not even thinking about another movie until that comes out…

  24. yep, marvel will release a captain marvel movie, diving into the Kree realm, cosmic marvel mythology, and may be even try to squeeze some odd space villains. and pull it off due to self assurance.

    DC will still be explaining away why they haven’t approached Wonder Woman, in the year 60,000 P.H. ( post human ).

    • Wonder Woman is more difficult – they could go a lot further from the source with Ms Marvel and not really bother anyone. The sheer amount of hate that *just* Wonder Woman’s outfit alone would get regardless of whether it was the ‘swimwear’ classic outfit or a bit more modest. There’s a much more idealised version of Wonder Woman in the public consciousness of Wonder Woman. Something like that?

      • That’s a cop out. You could say the same for almost any female superhero type. If WB/DC are all that then they should just be able to release a decent movie without all of the excuses. Or, they can just make a dozen more Batman/Superman movies instead.

        • It’s not – the amount of pressure on WB/DC to make a Wonder Woman film (and to do a damn good job) is insane. Whatever they do, they’re going to make *someone* angry because the costume isn’t close enough to the comics, they base it on the wrong ‘era’ of Wonder Woman, she’s too sexualised, she isn’t pretty enough, she doesn’t look tough enough, she looks too manly, she doesn’t seem like much of a woman, she seems too weak and womanly etc.

          They want to launch a character that has failed to get off the ground in recent years (as far as I know, there was a movie attempt by Joss Whedon, that TV pilot we all pretended we didn’t watch online and the current ‘Amazon’ show is stalling) and they want her to stay ‘up there’ in popularity with (arguably) the juggernauts of DC, Superman and Batman.

          Also, there’s probably an underlying fear that Wonder Woman is too divisive, but in a more petty way. Here’s the iffy logic – lots of guys who see superhero movies will not see Wonder Woman because it’s a girl and it won’t attract a hitherto untapped audience of female viewers because, despite having a female lead, it’s still ‘geeky.’ Of course, that’s rubbish – The Legend of Korra did well with a male audience – but there’s a lot of what ifs and maybes around a Wonder Woman live-action film that the higher-ups are probably yet to have reasonable responses for.

          • Well, then they shouldn’t focus on who’s going to be angry, they should focus on making a quality movie that doesn’t marginalize women. While there are a few hurdles that you mentioned (like any female character has to overcome) I find it hard to believe it’s THAT tough to do.

            I just don’t think WB/DC has made it a point to even try and create a movie version of the character, and instead follow the easy money they get from Batman and Superman movies.

            • But it’s tricky for them – they’re investing (potentially) over $100mil in a film that doesn’t have the same audience as Superman or Batman. People will jump on it from the start, pointing out some of the less-female-friendly aspects of Wonder Woman’s past. The only counter to that is to say that they’re treating Wonder Woman with real respect and making sure that she’s an empowered female, which in turn screams ‘feminism’ which gets quite a few potential movie goers turned off.

              Of course, it’s possible that they could make a Wonder Woman film, that it is watched by damn near everyone, gets rave reviews, creates a new-found respect for the character within a new generation and so on, but WB/DC are scared of it not working and since it’ll no doubt be linked to this Superman/Batman film coming out, it would put a massive dent in the shared universe if one of the movies failed. It’s not entirely unjustified for them to be worried, it is a lot of money and they don’t quite have Marvel’s level of…

              Well, let’s put it this way – barely anyone outside of comic readers had heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, but there’s a movie coming out and chances are it’ll do very well despite being based on a relatively unknown comic and a sci-fi one to boot. I guess ‘cojones’ might be the word I was looking for. Either that, or the setup that means people will probably see every Marvel film.

              • Yes, I agree: WB/DC need to grow a pair. I’m pretty sure if they really put their minds to it, it would be good and do well enough.

                Also, if they’re really doing a JL movie, WW has to appear on the big screen in my opinion. Whether it’s a solo movie or she’s introduced in another characters movie (or a JL movie). She has to show up eventually, they can’t hide her forever.

                • It could be a nightmare – what if they ditch Lois (because Amy Adams is ‘too old’ according to some) and make Wonder Woman date Superman… and do little else.

                  • Marginalizing! ;)

                • What do you guys think of Stana Katic, from the show “Castle”, for the role of Wonder Women. She can act, she’s proven to be tough, and she looks good. The right casting choice can ease much of the burden you guys spoke of. Just a thought.

              • The reason WB/DC say she’s “tricky” is not because she’s so “complex” that they really have to give her the definitive movie she deserves. It’s because, lets face it, she’s just not interesting enough to really deserve a movie.

                Wonder Woman herself has never been very well defined as a character, she has no interesting villains, no memorable storylines that weren’t crossover events where she was at the center. The only thing really going for her is the fact that DC puts her next to Superman & Batman in promotional material despite which she constantly gets overshadowed by other character both in and out of DC.

                Even her animated movie didn’t sell fast enough to warrant a sequel. WW is simply not profitable, hence why WB has a hard time getting any use out of her. Not to mention her status as a feminist icon would make it difficult to take any sort of approach that isn’t met with some controversy similar to Man Of Steel.

                • “Lets face it, she’s just not interesting enough” – this is the real problem. Greek mythology is interesting. There’s loads of awesome stuff in it. Wonder Woman and her whole mythological background are great, but public perception is against her.

                  The New 52 Wonder Woman has received critical acclaim (to be fair, it’s pretty damn good) but the sales (obviously) aren’t up to the Batman and Superman comics. In the same way a new Batman is being launched with a fairly well received Superman (a lot of people liked Man of Steel, OK?!) they need to give Wonder Woman a similar leg-up to get the public to accept her.

                  It’s difficult enough to make Wonder Woman seem naïve in the ‘man’s world’ without seeming stupid, independent without seeming overbearingly anti-male and somehow as strong as Superman and as beautiful as Cobie Smulders/Jaimie Alexander/Bridget Regan/[your choice here] without having everyone assume that she’s poorly written comic book eye candy.

                  • I bet they do it with a Holy Trinity story to create the threequel which will lead to a JL movie.

                  • Greek Mythology is interesting, and some the stuff that happens around her is interesting, unfortunately WW herself as a character is not interesting; she’s neither funny nor cool or anything really, her character begins and ends with really strong woman who hangs out with other heroes. She’s not relatable in the slightest which makes it difficult for audiences to identify with her.

                    DC already gives WW lots of leg ups and it still doesn’t work; they put her next to Superman & Batman in a lot of material, they reinvented her lord knows how many times now, they even gave her her own animated feature which didn’t sell fast enough despite being marketed to hardcore DC fans. Money talks, WB listens, if WW had the same potential as Superman & Batman a movie would’ve been made by now.

                    • But she could be well-written. She could be more than muscles and looks. You need only look at Season 1 of The Legend of Korra to see that you can have a very powerful and confident female fighter be vulnerable at times, scared or heroic.

                      As I said before, Wonder Woman is seen to be more boring. The main stepping stone to getting people to like Wonder Woman is getting them to give her a chance. Her New 52 stuff is some of the most consistently highly rated/reviewed in DC’s current publication schedule.

                      Superman and Batman are way more marketable. Hell, all they’d have to do for a teaser trailer for that 2015 film is have Batman look at Superman and say, “I’m Batman.” There could be a beautifully put together 3 minute trailer set to the best music of Hans Zimmer’s career featuring Wonder Woman and people would be crazier about Ben Affleck’s five o’clock shadow.

  25. If Marvel is able to get Captain Marvel out the door before Wonder Woman hits theaters, the executives at DC/Warner Bros. should just quit their jobs. Wonder Woman is THE female superhero & to let someone else take her shine would not be a good look for them.

    Now with that said, the Captain Marvel movie definitely needs to happen. Especially if they get the right actress & do that costume of her’s justice. I’m rooting for you, Carol.

  26. Can’t believe there still hasn’t been a Spider-Woman film yet…

    • Although I realize they are almost completely unassociated with eachother, does Marvel even still own that IP or does that go with Spider-Man?

  27. To be honest, I can’t tell which one I’m looking forward to the most, but I know the least one would be Thor because I’m simply not too fond of medieval saga or the likes. Still, I’ll definitely watch it when it hits the theatre in November.

  28. I think we all need to remember that Carol Danvers has been Ms. Marvel for 99% of her comic book career. She’s only been Captain Marvel for like a year or two, and she’s just carrying on Mar-Vell’s legacy after he was killed during Avengers vs. X-Men. Are we going to skip decades of history just do that movie can be current with the comics? I’m not against Carol becoming Captain Marvel at some point. I actually really enjoy that storyline. But she needs to be Ms. Marvel first and have Captain Marvel be Mar-Vell.

    • But for 99% of her career, there was a popular DC character called Captain Marvel that has now (finally) been renamed Shazam. Calling her Captain Marvel makes her sound more authoritative/impressive and really adds to the idea that she isn’t just a by-product of that point in comics where male superheroes ended up with female equivalents like Superman and Supergirl.

      Besides, one of the main things that this superhero movie resurgence has done is encourage more people to read the comics. Having the films (even loosely) follow the comics in terms of characters, story arcs and so on makes the comics more accessible and if people see the movie (which will be a team-up movie if she’s involved at all, I’d guess) and then buy the comics, she’s more likely to turn up again later.