The best way to describe The Inhumans is to call them Marvel's X-Men because that's what they're becoming. A property namedropped by Kevin Feige for years now, The Inhumans have been pushed into the spotlight big time lately in Marvel Comics and even now have two roster spots on the upcoming Avengers NOW relaunch.
The Inhumans give Marvel Studios a way to introduce super-powered Earth beings without using "mutation" (Twentieth Century Fox owns all Marvel things related to mutants) and have ties to the alien Kree from Guardians of the Galaxy and - from what we suspect - the weird things happening in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The Inhumans are one of the most likely and most exciting new properties we could see in Marvel's Phase 3.
And maybe, just maybe, this is the film that Vin Diesel was (and still is) in talks for for 2016-17. He's long been a highly speculated choice to play Black Bolt, the leader of The Inhumans.
Wait, what is this nonsense? Spidey is at Sony! Yes, it is and yes, this is the highly unlikely (read: maybe even impossible at this point) item on this list, yet it's still something we want to see. The Spider-Man franchise is not where it needs to be for Sony to be fully confident in it and as a result The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was delayed and still sits without a release date while reports point to the franchise's first spinoff, Sinister Six, being in trouble as well - even potentially cancelled. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brought in the series' worst reviews and financial results, it's time to look back on the rumors started by a few (quickly deleted) Tweets from Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis (see here) who said Marvel got back Spider-Man.
Even if they didn't, Marvel and Sony have a working relationship in taking turns hosting the opening summer weekend of May and of course, Marvel and Disney have the merchandising rights to Spidey movies - something they don't have with Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four. Hence, TASM 2 having a grand toy line this year, alongside Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, while there's nothing for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
While it's an overblown factoid, Sony and Marvel had the slightest of conversations about putting the Oscorp tower in The Avengers but nothing came of it. Still, the idea that Sony could strike a deal with Marvel to have Peter Parker show up in Phase 3 would help both brands tremendously from a buzz and merchandising standpoint, even if studio execs may not want that and while Marvel doesn't need it. Spider-Man has been and still is the long-time top seller for Marvel Comics, but his movies have fans burnt out. Spidey's not the cool kid on the block anymore with Marvel Studios blowing their universe open with characters like a talking raccoon who at this point is more exciting than the web slinger. And with X-Men: Days of Future Past offering a successful rebirth to Twentieth Century Fox's Marvel franchise, it might be time for Spidey to come home. Or not. We'll see. Again, this is unlikely, bordering on "there's no chance."
What's on your ultimate wishlist of future Marvel movies? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, July 28 2017, November 3 2017, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.
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