Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Marvel announces three new untitled films, coming in 2016, 2017

On Tuesday, doubtless to push back against Warner Bros. and DC Comics success with "Man of Steel" (as well as hopes for "Justice League"), Marvel announced three new -- but unnamed -- films for 2016 and 2017.

Marvel Studios will apparently continue to release two films per year. Their upcoming schedule of films, following 2015's "Ant-Man," is as:
  • Untitled Film, May 6, 2016
  • Untitled Film, July 8, 2016
  • Untitled Film, May 5, 2017
The question, of course, is which characters will fill those films? It's believed that at least two of the three movies will be for Marvel Comics characters that have yet to appear on the big screen.

However, we'd also expect that assuming that the third is not in that category, we'd get to see a film featuring Mark Ruffalo's Hulk character, who debuted as the current incarnation of the green goliath in "The Avengers."

If that were the case, though, we wouldn't get a chance at a new Daredevil film. Now that the rights to the 'Daredevil' franchise have reverted back to Marvel from Fox, there are rumors aplenty that Matt Murdock -- despite the failure with 2003's Ben Affleck version -- will return, rebooted.

Doctor Strange could be one of the movie newcomers. There has already been a 1978 TV movie and a 2007 direct-to-video film. Earlier this year Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige confirmed that Marvel's sorcerer supreme would appear as part of the third phase of Marvel's cinematic universe. In May, he added that a film was already in development.

The Black Panther, also known as T'Challa, the king of the Wakanda, is considered to be the first black comic book superhero in mainstream American comics.

We expect to hear more at the San Diego Comic-Con in mid-July. Until then, we suspect that only speculation will be available.

The news came shortly after it was announced that Robert Downey, Jr. had been signed to two more "Avengers" movies.

DC Comics, which is looking to duplicate Marvel's success with "The Avengers" with a "Justice League" film, needs to start filming movies with ancillary characters, if they hope to catch up.

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