Holy cow, Marvel is planning on releasing a TON of superhero movies. Will they all be great? Not likely… I’m sure they’ll have some Ghost Riders in there, but on the other hand they may strike gold with some depending on who is writing and directing.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s in the pipeline beyond what’s already currently in production: Wolverine, Magneto, Punisher 2, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, Thor, Avengers (maybe) and Captain America. Whew!
Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios did have one thing to say that gave me pause concerning their take on Captain America:
“We’ll have to play with Captain America as being a patriotic propaganda machine on one hand but also being a very human Steve Rogers interesting fascinating hero in his own right.”
Now I haven’t been a big follower of Cap over the years, but calling him a patriotic propaganda machine seems to me to be way out of line and a bad sign of what the script may end up being like. My take on Cap is that he was created strictly as a prototype for what would be an army of super-soldiers to help defeat the Nazis. In regards to patriotism, Steve Rogers (the man behind the mask) was always fiercely patriotic, without any influence from the government. That has in fact been the driving characteristic of Captain America over the decades: His unflinching and unapologetic patriotism for the United States.
So hearing the phrase “patriotic propaganda machine” mentioned in relation to a movie about the venerable hero makes me more than a bit nervous the movie. Of course it’s way early in the process, so who knows how it will turn out in the end.