By krspaceT 2 Comments
we all know that, while DC is the king of Cartoons, and regardless of some characters still being MIA, having a better comic writer feel right now (A recent poll on Comic Vine shows that of about 59 voters, only a quarter fave Marvel's writers over DC's.
However, Marvel wins at movies. And for the movies, the biggest question is what's next?
The next six movies in order are Iron Man 3 (Featuring Mandarin with rumors for Wasp and Namor), Thor: Dark World (hello dark elves) Captain America: The Winter soldier (Bucky and Falcon), Guardians of the Galaxy (Trees and Raccoons oh my), Avengers 2 and Ant Man.
But, what is there to expect? How do these movies connect?
How do they fit into their shared universe?
Iron Man is featuring Mandarin, which could lead to Fin Fang Foom, whose an alien, which could tie to Guardians. If Wasp appears, that ties to Ant Man. If Namor pops up, that could tie in with both Captain America, Ant Man and Avengers (He was around in WW2, Hank will apparently pop up in the fifties and Atlantis could attack in Avengers 2)
Thor is dealing with a world falling into darkness, which could be connected to Death, aka Thanos, aka Avenegers 2. Also, Thor is the most sci fi title, oddly enough, so it could tie in with the Guardians.
Captain America, if he's searching for a Winter Soldier Bucky, will have history to deal with. Like say, Hank Pym old history. And isn't one of the Guardians an earthling? I'm not an expert on them, but its possible this has connection to the Guardians.
We only know about these movies in any significant plot detail, so I can't say what will pop up with the others.
Then, there is the inevitable question, of what comes after?
Of Marvel's cast of characters, the only ones I believe are not usable are the FF, X-Men, Spiderman, Ghost Rider, Blade and Punisher verses as Daredevil's rights are Marvel's again. And of them, talk of crossovers between the the X-Men (And most likely the FF by extension) and Spiderma movie verses are there.
So, what's next
Black Panther and Namor
The two guys with the cameo mentions in Iron Man and Captain America, such as map locations and Vibranium. So, they are possible, but there are issues
Namor.... flies around in Robin shorts, has wings on his feet and is practically Marvel's Aquaman. The only way this could generate movie revenue is he has to make some Hulk in Avengers moments to get public interest.
He also needs pants
Now, I used to like Black Panther. I don't read Marvel Comics, but I watch the cartoons. Its from there I first ran into BP. Here, he had action, dead pan snarking and was pretty much Marvel Batman.
Then in comics I found out he was married to Storm, a character I rather like. That gave him so much awesome points I'd have watched his movie in a heartbeat.
So you can say, my private opinion of his is very, very sour now. Its worse than One More Day, and a crowning reason why Marvel's comic writers just suck. At least when DC decided to refresh their character's romances, they used cosmic retcons. Not jerk moments
The characters weren't derailed, and I have not seen it fit to have Black Panther die from cancer, a long, draw out cancer like Mar-Vel. Believe me, if I ever write comics and get anywhere near T'Challa, I will give him a storyline that makes Daredevil's life look wonderful...pre Elekra.
Really, why didn't Cap give him the Ultimate Hank treatment?
Could be be a good movie character....well yes he could. But I won't like it.
Hulk and Daredevil
Two characters who had pre-Marvel made movies that had critical problems, they are now in the firm hands of Marvel, with Hulk's movie potential re unlocked by his Avengers performance
Daredevil has cult fans of his first fan, and I am sure he can beat its performance with the directors at Marvel. Though, can he really fit into the Cinematic universe. He didn't fit into Ultimate after all....
And Hulk....the main problem is the storylines that are brought up for his movies: World War Hulk and Planet Hulk.
To do those movies, you need certain characters. Namely the Illuminati, which while you have Tony, you also need several others
Mr. Fantastic is off limits, as is Professor X without the proper X-over. That leaves Namor, Doctor Strange and Black Bolt, which could work...but with Black Bolt most likely in FF territory, that leaves a small Illuminati.
So, they might need to rethink their movies
If they want to do a Hulk film like above, Doctor Strange is desperately needed. He has a Iron Man like personality that could show the story of his rise to power in a similar way Iron Man did.
But, could he be too similar?
There is also the problem of the Doctor Strange world. Doctor Strange deals with a sort that is similar in special effects needing as Thor. But, with Marvel suggesting 20-40 million dollar budgets for a Doctor Strange film....it might just burn to watch.
Also, this guy can't carry a comic, how can he carry a movie? Though, seeing as that's something for Hank and the Guardians too...it all depends on how well they do.
Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Call them Bendis babies if you want, these guys have some connection possibilities. Luke Cage was used as an experiment to replicate Cap, like how Hulk was. Compared to some other powers, these two's powers would easily be animated and their evolution from mercenaries to true heroes would be an interesting story.
Even under a 20-40 million budget.
Though I might prefer they use Cage's current costume.
Power Pack and Runaways
I am not kidding, Power Pack is one of the ideas that was tossed about by Marvel, and Runaways is said to have a movie planned somewhere, but delayed by Avengers.
And here, Disney might be a good thing
I've heard a lot of people complaining about Disney buying Marvel, but think about it a moment. Disney has tons of experience with kid stuff. They's be perfect for dealing with those teams, though probably more so Power Pack than Runaways.
And, universe fitting aside, I'm not sure either could work, if they release one movie, could they release the other?
Could they even do Runaways with Molly being a mutant and Xavin being a skrull? Well, Xavin might not be needed at first, but Molly is the comic's breakout character.
Marvel has a lot going for its film franchise. It has many options, even those not said here. Vision, Miss Marvel, the Maximoff Twins, Nova, even apparently Cable and Dazzler (Hey, I read the official press release about future films)
DC needs to get itself in gear to match it, or just wait for Marvel to bankrupt itself again as its stories continue to suck and DC's shine above it.