Stan Lee is seemingly trying to get fans excited today with some of his recent tweets. We've long heard the talk, hints and speculation about future Marvel Studios projects outside of and post-Avengers. Some of these include the long-gestating Ant-Man solo film which has had Edgar Wright's name on it for quite some time.
That's not all though as we've also heard talk of movies including a Heroes for Hire project that could bring Iron Fist and Luke cage to the big screen, Black Panther, Dr. Strange and much much more. These are just the ones that we haven't met yet as there's always talks of spin-offs and sequels to the current set of films in development
Here are three tweets from Stan Lee today:
"To make up for my previous grievous error, here’s a little item that may have escaped you. Marvel is prepping a movie starring-- Ant Man!"
"I had lunch with the cool , young director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and, as you’d imagine, we had fun discussing the tiny hero"
"Ant Man is just one of the many wild treats Marvel has planned for you, such as Iron Fist, Dr. Strange, Black Panther and more, more, more!"
What he says isn't exactly anything new but the fact that he says this just after meeting up with Edgar Wright makes it interesting. What's also interesting is that Iron Man director Jon Favreau also met with Wright recently although Wright's tweets indicate they didn't talk about Ant-Man or The Avengers, but really, how could they not?
Let's quickly review what we know of some of these projects so far:
Marvel has seemingly had a clear interest in bringing Ant-Man into the limelight and there's a a good chance in my mind that the character could be introduced in The Avengers since he is a significant character in the books. When Disney purchased Marvel Studios months back, rumors filled the internet with one coming down on Ant-Man stating that Pixar may develop the Ant-Man movie in their traditional 3D family-fun fashion. That was quickly shot down and if things stay on track, we should be seeing a live-action version from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Ant-Man will likely come out 2012-2013, but don't be surprised if he makes a big appearance in The Avengers.
As for the other characters, there's been quite a bit of interest in bringing Black Panther to the silver screen as well. If they ever made an Avengers 2, characters like Black Panther need to be involved. Like all other Marvel films, there's already been plenty of rumors and speculation about who could play the title character in this project including actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) who expressed his interest in the role.
Heroes for Hire
An Iron Fist movie has been been in development hell for nearly a decade, dating back to 2001 when Ray Park was supposed to play the title role for Artisan Entertainment. It didn’t work out and Marvel Studios got back the rights. According to Park who spoke about it last summer, he says that if they do go forward with an Iron Fist movie, he won't be alone and it'll be a partnership. He of course was referring to a Heroes for Hire movie co-starring Luke Cage. I would like to see that movie and I hope it can happen with Park involved. Park loves Danny Rand and I love Park's passion.
Marvel's Bright Future
Marvel Studios is still a baby and they only have Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk under their belt. Their current plan is to get back on track with two films per year and quickly turn that into four. With Disney now behind them and the impending success of Iron Man 2 (we can also expect big things from Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America), we may see a whole bunch of Marvel properties put on the fast-track to be developed into full live-action features.