Marvel may have just begun Phase 2 with Iron Man 3, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start speculating about Phase 3.
According to ign.com, Disney announced that two untitled Marvel Studios movies have been scheduled to release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
Here’s what we know: Marvel is going to continue Phase 2 with Thor: The Dark World at the end of this year and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy will be premiering in the summer of 2014 and The Avengers sequel wraps up Phase 2 in 2015. The first confirmed Phase 3 movie is Ant-Man which is set to lead off Marvel’s Phase 3.
What we don’t know are the names of the two projects announced that follow Ant-Man in Phase 3. They may very well continue series for previous Marvel incarnations like Iron-Man or Captain America, but it wouldn’t be any fun to speculate about things we’ve seen multiple times before. Instead, let’s talk about the superheroes Marvel hasn’t released out of their own studio that we would like to see.
I know, I know. I told you we weren’t going to talk about superheroes we’ve seen in movies, but Daredevil wasn’t done by Marvel studios, it was done by 20th Century Fox and they did a terrible job with it.
Daredevil is one of the original heroes created by Stan Lee and deserves a movie that does it justice. With all of the critically acclaimed Daredevil comics, especially in the past 10 years, there’s a plethora of sources to adapt a great film plot from.
The amount of genres Daredevil has covered in these comic runs is a writer’s dream. They can choose a sci-fi movie, a ganster movie, a Law & Order type story telling (since Matt Murdock fights crime by night and is a lawyer by day) or a combination. The coolest approach could be the “Law & Order” approach where you see the crime fighting that Daredevil does, but you also see the court stuff that Matt Murdock, Daredevil’s alter ego, does.
This is a character that has long been rumored to be next in line for a cinematic release. Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, even confirmed Strange’s appearance in Marvel Phase 3, except we don’t know whether or not one of the aforementioned untitled projects is Doctor Strange’s debut.
Fans have been excited about this one for a long time with it circling the rumor mill for so long, but it will have to be done carefully. Guardians of the Galaxy will be Marvel’s first foray in pure, 100% science fiction, but will most likely be successful. Doctor Strange would be Marvels first time at taking on almost 100% fantasy in a film. They need to make sure they do it right and don’t have a Sorcerer’s Apprentice type move on their hands.
Another concern is that Doctor Strange is a relatively unknown character amongst casual fans, and Marvel is already trying things out with another obscure character in Ant-Man. It might be wise to see how Ant-Man fares and learn from it’s success or failures before setting a date and starting production on Doctor Strange.
Marvel is beginning to delve into it’s galactic characters and there aren’t many characters in Marvel’s cosmic arsenal than Nova. It just makes sense to put this guy in his own movie with Guardians of the Galaxy coming to fruition.
The dilemma with Nova has always been the Green Lantern problem. Both characters are extremely similar. Green Lantern is part of a group of Lanterns that police the universe which is pretty much the same thing Nova does. Nova is part of the Nova Corps which is an intergalactic police force.
The good news is that Marvel can take Green Lantern and learn what not to do. They will also have a foundation of their universe in space with Guardians which could help transition a character like Nova who will be carrying his own movie. This can all eventually lead to Marvel’s hit comic storyline Annihilation, which fans would go crazy for.
I’m breaking my rule again since he has already been in The Avengers, but that wasn’t actually Hawkeye that we saw. We saw five minutes of the real Hawkeye and the rest of it was Loki mind controlling him. Hawkeye should be used for more than just that.
Hawkeye could be a perfect candidate to dial down the superpowers a bit. He doesn’t really have any superpowers like the rest of the Avengers, which would be a nice aspect for Marvel to cover alongside their television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hawkeye could absolutely hold his own movie. His lack of powers, but abundance of skill would create a great, purely action movie that we haven’t seen from Marvel yet. Marvel has leaned more towards science fiction than action, but Hawkeye could be a well used change of pace. They also have a leading man in Jeremy Renner that played Hawkeye in The Avengers and knows how to star in an action film.
For all we know, Marvel’s untitled movies could just be sequels to their previously established franchises. I doubt anyone would complain about another Iron Man movie, but it would be nice to get as many of our beloved characters involved in the Marvel movie universe as possible. Marvel could go wrong with these two mystery movies, but if they use one of the four suggested characters above, that would be more difficult than trying to lift Thor’s hammer.