If all of these Marvel films currently in development are leading to the grand goal of The Avengers team-up film, arguably one of the most anticipated films imaginable, they should be capitalizing on this.
That being said, Leterrier’s explanation may be a little much. It would be far too complex to tell one story in parts like this, on this large a scale, having different directors do each part. Just being able to get them all together for a long period of time, with their own busy schedules for other projects is almost impossibility.
The more realistic scenario would be to have one director helm the film as normal on a long shoot, and break it into parts - Similar to what was done with Kill Bill, Lord of the Rings, the Matrix sequels and the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. They’d also have to be full-length films. There’s no way that short, less-than-90-minutes movies would work. We want full feature films done right.
This is a very interesting concept and the only issues I see with it are the financing and scheduling. The more I think about it, why wouldn’t Marvel do more than one? They could maintain their current schedule by having the first installment come out in 2012, and have the second part the following year. All of the key players are signed to multi-picture contracts, so Marvel may have something up their sleeves not dissimilar to this idea…
The fanbase and moviegoers everywhere have proven their willingness to pay for these films and we all know we’re all be paying to see the Iron Man sequels, Captain America, Thor and many more installments after that, why not more of them all working together? As I said above, it would allow for so much more characterization, a much greater plot and development of the villain(s), and we’d all get more of what we want, all while Marvel saves on production costs by filming them together.
Hell, I’d pay to see Ed Norton, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Sam L, and whoever plays Captain America sitting down in character and playing cards together for an hour talking about what they did that week. It’s an no brainer.
Don’t be surprised if we get more than one Avengers film. For the moment, I'm more concerned on who will be playing Captain America and when we'll find out. It's planned to come out not long after Thor, and Brannagh's team has pulled in much of their cast already, yet nothing on The First Avenger: Captain America yet while major things are happening in his comic series. Expect something on that soon.
How do you think the Marvel films should play out – more crossovers and episodic story-telling like the comics, or more solo films after the Avengers? And who would you like to helm this epic project?
The Avengers, as it is currently planned, is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
Source: Los Angeles Times