Joe Russo, the director of Captain America: Winter Soldier (now on DVD), James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kevin Feige, the overlord of the MCU, were recently interviewed about the future of Marvel. Some interesting details came out which may shed some light on the future of our Marvel movies.
Cap 3 Will Change the MCU
The first bits of information are about Captain America 3. The end of Winter Soldier saw a fundamental change to the MCU with the disintegration of SHIELD. Another such event has been confirmed by director Joe Russo. “The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Cap 2 was the fall of Hydra. Similarly there is a very, very big idea at the center of Cap 3,” Russo said.
Similarly, Russo hinted that the title of Cap 3 has been carefully selected. Evidently the title itself has been in consideration for years. “If you’ve been talking to [Kevin Feige], the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain,” Russo said. Really? Ten years? That’s a pretty darn long time. Russo also said that the title will be revealed shortly, so be on the lookout for that.
The Man With The Floating Throne
The following tid-bit is from the Hollywood Reporter. I could not find another source for the information, which is unusual, so I’m taking it with a grain of salt.
In another interview with Feige and Gunn, Feige said that there is a character in Guardians that is so big that even naming him “could not be a bigger spoiler”. This character is said to have a throne that levitates. The common theory about this character is referring to MODOK, something of a fan favorite. MODOK is a AIM Overlord with something of a big head about him. He sits on a chair that flies around.
My problem with the MODOK theory, as cool as it would be to see MODOK finally see the big screen, is that we are talking about Guardians of the Galaxy. That means a more out-there character. Also, we are talking about Guardians 1, but the only character that has been veiled that could be a spoiler is Quill’s father. So does that mean that Quill’s pappa sits on a levitating throne?
There is another character who fits the description: Kang the Conqueror. Kang sits upon a levitating chair and is a little more cosmic in nature than MODOK. If Kang is Quill’s father, it would be something of a big twist for comic fans everywhere. He would fit with the general theme of Quill’s father from the comics, but he is a bigger name. You may remember Kang, ironically, from my article, “Awesome Marvel Villains That Probably Won’t Ever See Screentime“.
I repeat again that I cannot find a corresponding source to this interview, but I will keep looking.
How Far Out Has Marvel Planned?
Also, earlier this year, Feige said that Marvel has planned movies out for another 14 years, all the way up to 2028. Yes, that is something of a really really long ways away. To put it in context, 14 years ago, Spiderman 1 (with Toby Maguire) had not even come out yet. That was the year that the first X-men came out. Think of all the Marvel movies between now and then (and don’t forget the bad ones, like Elektra or Ghost Rider). Now think about all the movies planned out between now and 2028.
It is unclear if all of these movies will be in the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although it seems likely, only because ever Marvel Movie produced by Feige since 2008 has been in the MCU. If it is continuous with the MCU, that would mean more than just three or four phases. It could be a 5 phase movie at least. We’re talking about a Universe that would have existed for 20 years.
With Sebastian Stan taking over for 9 more movies as James Buchanan Barnes, it seems likely that Marvel is safeguarding their major names. The Avengers as we know them won’t last forever (RDJ is only on for two more Avenger movies). That would be a massive universe.
In short, if this is true, I will have a lot to write about for a long time.
So that’s the news for this week. Admittedly, the 2028 news was older, but you get the point. If all this proves true, which is not necessarily a guarantee (all the movies are in early stages of development, so a lot can change), then we have a rather exciting Marvel lineup for the next couple years. I will always keep listening and keep reporting back to you what I hear. As for all this, really only time will tell.