WHO'S NEXT?1 of 12
With Marvel Studios announcing several new dates with no named films assigned, we've naturally begun putting our knowledge to filling in the blanks with films that could land on those dates.
While we've got our theories as to how things could shake out based on the movies that are confirmed in production, there are more potential new franchises we'd like to see than even fit on Marvel's ever-expanding release schedule (yet).
So even though we can't confirm most of these movies are even necessarily being considered for production, speaking as fans, these are ten Marvel Studios movies we'd like to see sooner rather than later.
MARVEL/MIRACLEMAN2 of 12
Let’s face it, Marvel is a multi-media entertainment company in the truest sense of the word now. Yes, no doubt the comic book division still operates with a certain amount of autonomy and we’re not suggesting everything is developed as a comic book with eyes toward a feature film, live-action, or animated TV series in mind.
But Marvel has spent a looonnggg-time and undoubtedly some considerable legal fees to apparently finally iron out the rights issues surrounding Marvelman. So the question becomes, did they go through all that strictly for the comic book publishing rights?
Maybe. But could there be a bigger play here?
The Marvel Universe doesn’t really have a Superman archetype among its core stable of characters (though Hyperion, a direct Superman analogue, has appeared in Avengers and Squadron Supreme, and even briefly held a solo title in recent years), and no doubt Marvel Studios is probably feeling pretty good about what they could turn out if they had one.
Marvel/Miracleman has an interesting enough back-story to fuel free press were Marvelman developed into a big screen property and Neil Gaiman potentially being in the mix offers some intriguing possibilities as well.
A long-shot yes, but something to keep an eye on - especially considering that Marvel went through to acquire the character.
ARMOR WARS3 of 12
With Tony Stark out of the picture presumably for good (outside of RDJ lending his voice to What If...?), the stage is set for someone to take on the mantle of the armored Avenger. But with Peter Parker, his heir apparent, solidly committing himself to stepping out of his mentor's shadow in Spider-Man: Far From Home, who's gonna be the next Iron Man?
To answer that question, we propose Armor Wars - a battle to determine who will shepherd Tony Stark's legacy.
Think of our concept of Armor Wars not as a sequel or a new franchise, but something of a comic book event on film. Done right, Armor Wars (which takes its name from a seminal Iron Man tale in which Tony's tech is stolen and sold to his archenemies - hint hint for a movie plot) could set the stage for the next era of the Iron Man franchise much the same way other OG Avengers have or will pass on their legacies to younger heroes.
Bring in Morgan Stark, Rhodey, Crimson Dynamo, and even Tom Holland's Peter Parker (for that one more MCU ensemble piece he's contracted for), and potentially set up Riri Williams and pit them all against a horde of Stark-tech powered villains and you've got the makings of a whole new way to level up a superhero franchise.
Ironheart would be a good addition to this as well.
Heck, if Marvel really wanted to push the envelope, they could even bring in that armored arch-villain Doctor Doom of the recently Marvel-acquired Fantastic Four film rights. Hmm...
MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR4 of 12
Yeah, we could've gone with a safer bets like redo of Blade, but we're going wild with an out-of-the-box suggestion.
We’ve often said the MCU needs some youth. And sure, now it’s got Spider-Man crawling up the walls, but let’s go even younger – how about Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur?
It might be the weirdest concept Marvel would put to film, but what’s not to love about the story of an 8-year-old super genius and her pet dinosaur?
That Moon Girl would open up an almost entirely new demographic in superhero movies is just an added bonus. How many superheroes are little girls – let alone little girls with best friends who are dinosaurs?
Marvel Animation is already working on a Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur series, and animation and movies are often close together on what characters they focus on - so why not?
KILLRAVEN5 of 12
Oh right, like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man were obvious, likely choices?
This one would need some liberal adaptation of its comic book roots, however. Just think ‘gladiators and descendants of superheroes in a post-apocalyptic Marvel Universe.‘ Think 300 meets The Avengers meets any post-apocalyptic film ever, really.
And the apocalypse could be from any number of events – aliens, robots, or how about zombies? The Marvel Cinematic Universe decades afterMarvel Zombies.
Sign us up.
(And don't forget, Marvel has unpublished comic book series by Robert "The Walking Dead" Kirkman and Robert "Deadpool" Liefeld they could pick from, even if just for the name value alone.)
CHAMPIONS6 of 12
Think of a potential Champions movie working the same way a Young Avengers movie might work - with younger heroes banding together to save the world without the approval of the elder heroes.
Some of the pieces are already in place - Peter Parker could easily be the MCU version's Spider-Man. Add in Ms. Marvel (soon debuting in her own Disney+ solo show!), plus Kate Bishop and a possible super-heroic Cassie Lang waiting in the wings, and you've got the core of the team.
Just think about this: with some core Avengers actors now retired from their roles, it's time for Marvel to start looking at the next generation of heroes.
X-MEN7 of 12
At this point, seeing mutants onscreen is inevitable - Kevin Feige even namechecked them during Marvel Studios' Comic-Con International: San Diego presentation over the summer.
So basically now what we're asking for is some sign of how it's gonna happen. We know it's likely to be a while, given the fresh wound the now defunct Fox franchise left on some fans, but we're holding out hope that the next round of movie announcements includes that bridge into the X-universe.
THUNDERBOLTS8 of 12
The ultimate answer to the ongoing critique of Marvel's one-note movie villains is simple - make a movie that's all villains.
In a way, Thunderbolts would be Marvel's answer to Suicide Squad (not that they necessarily need one) but with a twist - these bad guys actually would try to take over the world, even while they're saving it.
With Captain America: Civil War having put the pieces in place - and we're not just talking Baron Zemo; you can read our theory right here.
POWER PACK9 of 12
Of course, let’s not forget with whom Disney’s bread and butter still lies.
Kids like watching kids on the screen (notice how few Disney Channel and Nick Jr. hits feature adults in the lead role?) With the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s appeal among families/younger audiences at all-time highs, wouldn’t a team of superhero kids set firmly in the MCU and even more firmly in the pure-PG category be a good bet for the movie studio that both defined and is defined by family entertainment?
Even a high-end CGI-animated treatment could give Disney a cousin to Pixar’s The Incredibles and Big Hero 6. The possibilities here are endless - especially with Disney+ now in the equation.
A-FORCE10 of 12
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige hasn't been shy about the idea of banding together some of Marvel's top super-women into a team for an Avengers spin-off movie. In fact, Avengers: Endgame even featured an A-Force type team-up moment in the final battle with Thanos.
And why not? Many of the MCU's most powerful and popular characters are women. So why not take a cue from the original Avengers and unite them in a full-on big screen event movie - the kind Marvel needs to find increasingly more in-roads to create.
And with Jane Foster Thor, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop, Monica Rambeau, Sersei, Thena and more headed to the MCU, they'll be a large, growing and diverse roster from which to choose.
FANTASTIC FOUR11 of 12
Kevin Feige has confirmed Marvel is working on Fantastic Four, so a movie featuring Marvel's first family is no longer a question of "if" but "when" (we've got an idea about that, by the way).
With a new round of dates-without-movies announced from Disney, it's possible one of those could be FF - so lock it down and start sorting out how you're gonna get it right this time, Marvel!
We're ribbing here, but seriously, we're champing at the bit for a Kirby-fied, Marvelized, full-color sci-fi iteration of the team on the big screen.
It's long past due.
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