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Marvel Studios developing movies starring Ms. Marvel, Blade, The Runaways and Iron Fist

May. 8, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Despite Kevin Feige claiming the contrary, a recent conference call regarding Robert Downey Jr and his supposed renegotiations in light of IRON MAN 3's performance at the box office has brought to light Marvel Studio's plans post Phase 2. Not only is The Hollywood Reporter claiming that there are Black Panther and Doctor Strange movies being developed, there are several other heroes and teams being eyed for the big screen.

While nothing is official with Marvel until a trailer is released, sources claim they have a group of writers tasked with developing scripts and outlines to see if certain heroes would be viable for the big screen. Right now, those heroes include Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, and The Runaways. All three projects would be for lesser known heroes which is why there is also a reboot of BLADE being considered as well as spin-offs for Falcon (Anthony Mackie in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and IRON MAN's Don Cheadle as War Machine.

There is no mention of whether or not Daredevil, Ghost Rider, or Punisher are figuring into plans, but with Robert Downey Jr. possible delegated to supporting roles after THE AVENGERS 2, someone will need to step up as the big star if we are to continue to get the cinematic output Disney has been planning for.

In the meantime, we can focus on what we do know is coming: THOR: THE DARK WORLD hits November 8, 2013, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on April 4, 2014, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on August 1, 2014, THE AVENGERS 2 on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on November 5, 2015.

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5:28PM on 05/08/2013
Blade would be the most difficult of all these to cast. Wesley Snipes was amazing.
Blade would be the most difficult of all these to cast. Wesley Snipes was amazing.
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8:16PM on 05/08/2013
Michael Jai White.
Michael Jai White.
9:01PM on 05/08/2013
Stop that, Rukas.
Stop that, Rukas.
12:34AM on 05/09/2013
Snipes was good in the first two. He wasn't very good in the third one. Patton Oswalt tells you why: [link]
Snipes was good in the first two. He wasn't very good in the third one. Patton Oswalt tells you why: [link]
9:47PM on 05/08/2013
Can't we just have Blade 4 with Wesley Snipes back. Or if they do have to reboot it then can it just be Wesley Snipes again.
Can't we just have Blade 4 with Wesley Snipes back. Or if they do have to reboot it then can it just be Wesley Snipes again.
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2:11AM on 05/09/2013
Okay. An upvote. But just this once.
Okay. An upvote. But just this once.
11:57PM on 05/09/2013
A downvote. Wesley Snipes is getting too old for this shit. ;) I think everyone has forgotten how terrible Blade: Trinity actually was. It was also the movie that made me hate Parkey Posey forever.
A downvote. Wesley Snipes is getting too old for this shit. ;) I think everyone has forgotten how terrible Blade: Trinity actually was. It was also the movie that made me hate Parkey Posey forever.
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5:12PM on 05/08/2013
Exciting stuff! Hoping to see reboots of Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Punisher soon as well. My only concern is whether or not Blade gets to stay R-rated, as you really can't do a story involving vampires justice unless it's rated R.
Exciting stuff! Hoping to see reboots of Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Punisher soon as well. My only concern is whether or not Blade gets to stay R-rated, as you really can't do a story involving vampires justice unless it's rated R.
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2:38AM on 05/09/2013
Scott Adkins as Daredevil. Thomas Jane (again) as the Punisher. I don't think Marvel will do a Ghost Rider movie because there have been two Ghost Rider movies already. Maybe they can do a Ghost Rider movie in which Ghost Rider is Danny Ketch and then Nick Cage can do a cameo as Johnny Blaze.
Scott Adkins as Daredevil. Thomas Jane (again) as the Punisher. I don't think Marvel will do a Ghost Rider movie because there have been two Ghost Rider movies already. Maybe they can do a Ghost Rider movie in which Ghost Rider is Danny Ketch and then Nick Cage can do a cameo as Johnny Blaze.
4:12AM on 05/10/2013
Or instead of Scott Adkins, who is a fantastic stuntman and pretty good martial artist, but absolutely terrible actor, you could cast a real actor and teach him the fight choreography like they did for The Matrix, Bourne Films, etc.
Or instead of Scott Adkins, who is a fantastic stuntman and pretty good martial artist, but absolutely terrible actor, you could cast a real actor and teach him the fight choreography like they did for The Matrix, Bourne Films, etc.
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5:59PM on 05/08/2013

Let the scars heal ...

While I am all in favor of the news. I WANT Ghostrider and Punisher and Blade to sleep for a bit longer. I can still taste Fox on them. Daredevil would be the only reacquired property that I think could make a come back. Now if Ant-Man is a hit of a different beat superhero, the I propose Heroes for Hire in the same vein. Buddy movie where you don't know they are superheroes for the first third of the movie. Their origin is told from jobs gone bad and arrest record interrogations and their ever
While I am all in favor of the news. I WANT Ghostrider and Punisher and Blade to sleep for a bit longer. I can still taste Fox on them. Daredevil would be the only reacquired property that I think could make a come back. Now if Ant-Man is a hit of a different beat superhero, the I propose Heroes for Hire in the same vein. Buddy movie where you don't know they are superheroes for the first third of the movie. Their origin is told from jobs gone bad and arrest record interrogations and their ever vigilante lawyer Matt Murdock wondering when they are going to be able to pay him. They take a case that they should pass on, but end up having to step up after the client falls through. They actually get put behind bars for 8 months and their probation worker is a shield agent (insert any, Renner would be fun, to get some more screen time), evaluating them for potential recruits. It's Lethal Weapon meets Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
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2:21AM on 05/09/2013
Wasn't Blade done by Sony? And Ghost Rider, as I recall, was done by both Fox and Sony. I'm not sure how that happened but it did.

I'm still waiting to see if Marvel is going to consider Joe Carnahan's Dardevil set in the 70s. It would be strange if all of a sudden there was Captain America in the 40s plus a lot of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe today and nothing going in the intervening years.
Wasn't Blade done by Sony? And Ghost Rider, as I recall, was done by both Fox and Sony. I'm not sure how that happened but it did.

I'm still waiting to see if Marvel is going to consider Joe Carnahan's Dardevil set in the 70s. It would be strange if all of a sudden there was Captain America in the 40s plus a lot of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe today and nothing going in the intervening years.
6:37PM on 05/08/2013

Marvel Knights' characters run a tad grittier, so

Maybe once Marvel Studios builds a 2nd floor onto their money fort after Avengers 2, they could make a Marvel MAX or Knights offshoot imprint to produce films for their more bloodier, hard-boiled titles (Punisher, Blade, DD). Given the recent revelation that Shane Black was verboten from adapting the "Demon in a Bottle" arc for IM3 by Mr. Mouse, maybe a successful, R-rated Deadpool flick (pass the salt) or a shortage of nonadapted characters could make this a reality. Disney's moral compass is
Maybe once Marvel Studios builds a 2nd floor onto their money fort after Avengers 2, they could make a Marvel MAX or Knights offshoot imprint to produce films for their more bloodier, hard-boiled titles (Punisher, Blade, DD). Given the recent revelation that Shane Black was verboten from adapting the "Demon in a Bottle" arc for IM3 by Mr. Mouse, maybe a successful, R-rated Deadpool flick (pass the salt) or a shortage of nonadapted characters could make this a reality. Disney's moral compass is so flexible it could teach yoga classes, so here's to hoping.
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10:06AM on 05/09/2013
Do they really need "A Big Star" at this point. Downey was great for Phase 1 and getting the hype machine going for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. But it's established now, they have 4 franchised properties now (Iron Man, Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers). They already know they have the formula right for an Avengers movie, why not break things down a bit and just focus on making quality individual films for Cap Am, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and whatever other characters will be brough to the
Do they really need "A Big Star" at this point. Downey was great for Phase 1 and getting the hype machine going for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. But it's established now, they have 4 franchised properties now (Iron Man, Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers). They already know they have the formula right for an Avengers movie, why not break things down a bit and just focus on making quality individual films for Cap Am, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and whatever other characters will be brough to the screen. If they're going to rally everything around one character/actor, then they're setting themselves up for failure. What happens when another actor gets bored and wants to move on? Then they're going to be scrambling to retool their properties again. And frankly, I don't want the success and quality of other movies (Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers) to be contingent on Robert Downey Jr's involvement and happiness.
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9:01PM on 05/08/2013
That Iron Fist movie should be Heroes For Hire. Get Luke Cage in on this ish.
That Iron Fist movie should be Heroes For Hire. Get Luke Cage in on this ish.
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12:26PM on 05/09/2013
A Runaways movie would be fantastic!
A Runaways movie would be fantastic!
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4:30PM on 05/09/2013

Glad they are moving forward with other movies

I think Ms. Marvel and Iron Fist could be really good, although I would really like to see Daredevil and Black Panther first, maybe even a good Ghost Rider movie
I think Ms. Marvel and Iron Fist could be really good, although I would really like to see Daredevil and Black Panther first, maybe even a good Ghost Rider movie
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8:17PM on 05/08/2013

Blade = Michael Jai White.

Disney need to hurry up and sign Michael Jai White for Blade.
Disney need to hurry up and sign Michael Jai White for Blade.
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9:01PM on 05/08/2013
Stop that.
Stop that.
9:20PM on 05/08/2013
Why? Name one other actor that looks the part and has the Martial Arts background required for the roll?
Why? Name one other actor that looks the part and has the Martial Arts background required for the roll?
9:45PM on 05/08/2013
He looks the part...? Why, because he's black? Fact of the matter is, he's a terrible, terrible actor. And a martial arts background isn't exactly "required"; any kind of movie martial arts training can be taught during pre-production. For example, I'm pretty sure Christian Bale didn't know Keysei before Batman Begins. I'm also not sure the cast of the Matrix films knew much kung fu before filming began.

Okay, here's an interesting thought for you: reboot Blade, and make him white. If
He looks the part...? Why, because he's black? Fact of the matter is, he's a terrible, terrible actor. And a martial arts background isn't exactly "required"; any kind of movie martial arts training can be taught during pre-production. For example, I'm pretty sure Christian Bale didn't know Keysei before Batman Begins. I'm also not sure the cast of the Matrix films knew much kung fu before filming began.

Okay, here's an interesting thought for you: reboot Blade, and make him white. If they're doing it with Johnny Storm, they could do it with Blade.

Plus, I'm getting sick of everyone suggesting Michael Jai White or Idris Elba for every black role that comes up.
9:45PM on 05/08/2013
Wow, never got a double post in a reply box before. That's new.
Wow, never got a double post in a reply box before. That's new.
2:16PM on 05/09/2013
Matt Damon didn't know how to fight before Bourne and everyone has skeptical. White wouldn't be a good Blade as he doesn't fit the character.
Matt Damon didn't know how to fight before Bourne and everyone has skeptical. White wouldn't be a good Blade as he doesn't fit the character.
11:39PM on 05/09/2013
Why not?
Why not?
9:32AM on 05/10/2013
I wonder if Marvel will get to making Ms. Marvel before DC/WB gets to making Wonder Woman.
I wonder if Marvel will get to making Ms. Marvel before DC/WB gets to making Wonder Woman.
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3:19AM on 05/09/2013

Luke cage

Terry crews as Luke cage nuff said and maybe no definitely Ryan gosling as the iron fist that or Luke Evans if none of these fir the bill Leonardo DiCaprio maybe but ideally Ryan gosling he`s big in Hollywood lately and the dude has chops
Terry crews as Luke cage nuff said and maybe no definitely Ryan gosling as the iron fist that or Luke Evans if none of these fir the bill Leonardo DiCaprio maybe but ideally Ryan gosling he`s big in Hollywood lately and the dude has chops
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10:06AM on 05/09/2013
Great casting choices. I'll be honest, I totally overlooked Terry Crewes when thinking of someone to play Luke Cage. He would be perfect in the role, especially after seeing him in the Expendables, dead on casting.

And Ryan Gosling would make for a great Iron Fist too. I'll be honest, not sure if he'd be down for it as he seems to be more interested in indie movies and movies that portray some sort of real life scenarios. Just not sure if he'd personally be interested in a superhero
Great casting choices. I'll be honest, I totally overlooked Terry Crewes when thinking of someone to play Luke Cage. He would be perfect in the role, especially after seeing him in the Expendables, dead on casting.

And Ryan Gosling would make for a great Iron Fist too. I'll be honest, not sure if he'd be down for it as he seems to be more interested in indie movies and movies that portray some sort of real life scenarios. Just not sure if he'd personally be interested in a superhero flick. But then again, he was Young Hercules for 2 years, so.....
10:03AM on 05/09/2013
Do they really need "A Big Star" at this point. Downey was great for Phase 1 and getting the hype machine going for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. But it's established now, they have 4 franchised properties now (Iron Man, Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers). They already know they have the formula right for an Avengers movie, why not break things down a bit and just focus on making quality individual films for Cap Am, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and whatever other characters will be brough to the
Do they really need "A Big Star" at this point. Downey was great for Phase 1 and getting the hype machine going for Marvel's Cinematic Universe. But it's established now, they have 4 franchised properties now (Iron Man, Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers). They already know they have the formula right for an Avengers movie, why not break things down a bit and just focus on making quality individual films for Cap Am, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and whatever other characters will be brough to the screen. If they're going to rally everything around one character/actor, then they're setting themselves up for failure. What happens when another actor gets bored and wants to move on? Then they're going to be scrambling to retool their properties again. And frankly, I don't want the success and quality of other movies (Cap Am, Thor, The Avengers) to be contingent on Robert Downey Jr's involvement and happiness.
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10:16PM on 05/08/2013
Iron Fist and Luke Cage should be in the same movie. Better yet, get them their own buddy movie. I'd go with Ethan Hawke and Common respectively.
Iron Fist and Luke Cage should be in the same movie. Better yet, get them their own buddy movie. I'd go with Ethan Hawke and Common respectively.
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2:09AM on 05/09/2013
Ray Park was suggested for Iron Fist a long long time ago after he was Darth Maul in Phantom Menace and Toad in X-Men. I suppose he could styill do it: he's only 38. Dwayne Johnson, who many people have suggested for Luke Cage is 41. It's a bit worrisome: Dwayne Johnson's career is doing well right now. Would he ask for a lot of money? Is it worth hiring a big name actor for a relatively unknown character. Then agian, Wesley Snipes was a big star when he agreed to do Blade and even comic
Ray Park was suggested for Iron Fist a long long time ago after he was Darth Maul in Phantom Menace and Toad in X-Men. I suppose he could styill do it: he's only 38. Dwayne Johnson, who many people have suggested for Luke Cage is 41. It's a bit worrisome: Dwayne Johnson's career is doing well right now. Would he ask for a lot of money? Is it worth hiring a big name actor for a relatively unknown character. Then agian, Wesley Snipes was a big star when he agreed to do Blade and even comic book readers didn't know who he was.

I think if they want to do an Iron Fist movie then they should do an Iron Fist movie and have Luke Cage appear in the post credits and then they could do a Heroes for Hire movie followed by a Marvel Knights movie in which they team up with Daredevil with the Punisher as a wild card. Of course, there's the question of whether they would want to set the movies in present day or the 70s: there were plans by director Joe Carnahan to set a Daredevil reboot in the 70s so perhaps they could also set Iron Fist, Heroes for Hire and Punisher in the 70s so that an Avengers style Marvel Knights crossover would be possible.

In any case, Iron Fist should be played by a martial artist and Luke Cage should be played by a body builder, peferably martial artists and body builders with acting experience.
3:21AM on 05/09/2013
no common blows you`d be better off with the rza from the man with the iron fist but preferably terry cruise as luke cage and ryan gosling as the immortal iron fist danny rand
no common blows you`d be better off with the rza from the man with the iron fist but preferably terry cruise as luke cage and ryan gosling as the immortal iron fist danny rand
3:41AM on 05/09/2013
I hope Ray Park would be Iron Fist like you said. If not him, maybe Scott Adkins. For Luke Cage, yeah Terry Crews would be great. I did overlook on that. My bad.
I hope Ray Park would be Iron Fist like you said. If not him, maybe Scott Adkins. For Luke Cage, yeah Terry Crews would be great. I did overlook on that. My bad.
9:56AM on 05/09/2013
My GOD, do whatever it takes to get Tarantino on Power-Man & Iron Fist!!!!
My GOD, do whatever it takes to get Tarantino on Power-Man & Iron Fist!!!!
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8:00PM on 05/08/2013
Come on...Ms. Marvel? I am sure there are more important female superheroes to develop into movies then her...I dont get how when Marvel or DC are on the verge of making superhero movies, they sometimes pick characters that are beyond the circle of classic fan favorites such as Ant-Man.
What angers me also is the thought of another Blade movie....because instead of continuing the adventures, you know they are going to want to do a reboot or a pre-sequel instead...WTF ..enough with reboots!!
Come on...Ms. Marvel? I am sure there are more important female superheroes to develop into movies then her...I dont get how when Marvel or DC are on the verge of making superhero movies, they sometimes pick characters that are beyond the circle of classic fan favorites such as Ant-Man.
What angers me also is the thought of another Blade movie....because instead of continuing the adventures, you know they are going to want to do a reboot or a pre-sequel instead...WTF ..enough with reboots!!
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2:28AM on 05/09/2013
If Samuel L. Jackson can play Nick Fury at 65 then Wesley Snipes can be Blade at 51.
If Samuel L. Jackson can play Nick Fury at 65 then Wesley Snipes can be Blade at 51.
12:19AM on 05/09/2013

Michael Jai White = Terrible Actor.

People need to shop suggesting Michael Jai White for every black role there is. He's just awful.
People need to shop suggesting Michael Jai White for every black role there is. He's just awful.
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1:48AM on 05/09/2013
Worse than Kirk Jones, the guy who was Blade on TV?
Worse than Kirk Jones, the guy who was Blade on TV?
2:06PM on 05/09/2013
I love Michael Jai White, but he would be wrong for the blade role. I want someone much younger.
I love Michael Jai White, but he would be wrong for the blade role. I want someone much younger.
2:11PM on 05/09/2013
I will actually agree with you on this.He has good stage presence and has good physique but I really think that he is a bad actor. He is just too serious in every role, even Black Dynamite.
I will actually agree with you on this.He has good stage presence and has good physique but I really think that he is a bad actor. He is just too serious in every role, even Black Dynamite.
11:43PM on 05/09/2013
Not sure that we got the Blade TV series here in Australia, hence I've never heard of Kirk Jones so I can't say how bad he is :)
Not sure that we got the Blade TV series here in Australia, hence I've never heard of Kirk Jones so I can't say how bad he is :)
12:21AM on 05/09/2013

Just to play Devil's Advocate for a moment...

If you want to really impress me, reboot Blade with a white actor. If they're making Johnny Storm a black guy then the same principle should apply for this. There's no reason Blade HAS to be played by a black actor.

I will happily concede the point if anyone can give me a solid, logical reason why Blade has to be black.
If you want to really impress me, reboot Blade with a white actor. If they're making Johnny Storm a black guy then the same principle should apply for this. There's no reason Blade HAS to be played by a black actor.

I will happily concede the point if anyone can give me a solid, logical reason why Blade has to be black.
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1:44AM on 05/09/2013
One thing has nothing to do with the other: Fox still has the rights to the Fantastic Four. They could make Jonny Storm black but they should make Sue black too. They did make Alicia Masters black last time but that was a lesser character. Fox also made the Kingpin black in the Daredevil movie.

If you had said "They [Marvel] made Nick Fury black so they can make Blade white" then you'd have a point.

EDIT: Blade was white in the Spider-Man animated series episode "Neogenic Nightmare:
One thing has nothing to do with the other: Fox still has the rights to the Fantastic Four. They could make Jonny Storm black but they should make Sue black too. They did make Alicia Masters black last time but that was a lesser character. Fox also made the Kingpin black in the Daredevil movie.

If you had said "They [Marvel] made Nick Fury black so they can make Blade white" then you'd have a point.

EDIT: Blade was white in the Spider-Man animated series episode "Neogenic Nightmare: Chapter 9: Blade the Vampire Hunter"
9:19AM on 05/09/2013
It's not the same. There are like 3 black super heroes characters on the big screen that I can think of currently. There's Blade, War Machine, and Storm. On the other hand, there's like 18 white characters. (I'm not going to name them all.) If Blade was made white, there would only be 2 black characters. There's barely any diversity now, so cutting it down to 2 would almost eliminate any kind of illusion of variety.
It's not the same. There are like 3 black super heroes characters on the big screen that I can think of currently. There's Blade, War Machine, and Storm. On the other hand, there's like 18 white characters. (I'm not going to name them all.) If Blade was made white, there would only be 2 black characters. There's barely any diversity now, so cutting it down to 2 would almost eliminate any kind of illusion of variety.
11:33PM on 05/09/2013
@martinphipps: pure semantics. I have a point regardless of who owns the rights to produce the movies. Kingpin, Nick Fury, Alicia Masters... all of them are good examples too. My point was that there's are more reasons to keep Johnny Storm white (seeing as how he & Sue Storm are supposed to be related; family being a central part of the theme in FF) than there are for keeping Blade a black guy. It's a hypothetical philosophical question and I'm surprised you missed the point.

And now that
@martinphipps: pure semantics. I have a point regardless of who owns the rights to produce the movies. Kingpin, Nick Fury, Alicia Masters... all of them are good examples too. My point was that there's are more reasons to keep Johnny Storm white (seeing as how he & Sue Storm are supposed to be related; family being a central part of the theme in FF) than there are for keeping Blade a black guy. It's a hypothetical philosophical question and I'm surprised you missed the point.

And now that you've pointed out that there's already a precedent for Blade being white, that proves my point as well. Hell, make Blade French or Mexican or Japanese for all I care. It shouldn't matter as long as you stay true to the character's motivations.
11:37PM on 05/09/2013
@Ken: It IS the same. And the whole diversity argument is complete bullshit. You said it yourself: the "illusion" of variety.
@Ken: It IS the same. And the whole diversity argument is complete bullshit. You said it yourself: the "illusion" of variety.
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