Don\’t Expect Marvel \’Phase 4\’ Announcements Until 2019

San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away, and fans are going through their annual cycle of overhyping themselves for Marvel\’s Hall H panel. Thankfully Kevin Feige is here to throw some cold water on your hype.

The head of Marvel Studios told i09 we won\’t hear anything until after the fourth Avengers movie:

“I think there will be certain elements that start to come about, not the least of which is the already announced release date of the next Spider-Man film. But other than that we’re going to keep it very close to the vest because this is really about focusing on the unprecedented conclusion to a 22-movie overarching narrative.”

Marvel has previously said that the MCU would look very different after the fourth Avengers movie, so much that the title of that movie is considered a spoiler before Infinity War. If it\’s going to be that different, then it makes a lot of sense that they won\’t want to spoil things by announcing what the \”Phase 4\” movies would be this early.

Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Could Be Marvel\’s \’Galactus Cloud\’ Moment


Marvel has done a very good job at being true to the comic books with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, but now that may be changing depending on how Ego is handled in the end.

At San Diego Comic Con, Marvel revealed that Kurt Russell will be playing Star Lord\’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy v2 next summer. They also revealed that his character will be Ego. In the comics Ego is a living planet, sort of like DC\’s Mogo in Green Lantern. Except in the footage he wasn\’t a planet, he was an energy being much like Peter\’s mother described in the first movie.

Years ago, Fox was ripped a new one for turning Galactus into a cloud in the second Fantastic Four movie:


If in the end Ego isn\’t really a planet, but instead just a Cocoon-style energy alien, this is something Marvel shouldn\’t get a pass on. Turning a living planet into an energy being is about the same as turning a giant celestial planet-eater into a giant cloud.

I could see how they could handle this in the movie, by explaining that the energy being is just the planet Ego projecting itself in a human form. Whether or not they do that or not won\’t be revealed until next May.

Hopefully they do something like that, because if they don\’t then Marvel shouldn\’t get a pass for something like this. They should be called out just like Fox was for the Galactus Cloud.

Why DC Films Doesn\’t Need to Copy Marvel Studios

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We’re about a month away from the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and there are still people out there predicting the movie will flop because DC didn’t copy what Marvel did leading up to The Avengers. The reason why this thinking doesn’t make much sense is because DC didn’t need to do what Marvel did due to the characters they’re using.

In 2008 when Marvel released Iron Man, the character was a C-list character in the comics. It was just due to Robert Downey Jr. that the movie became the hit that it was, which is what Marvel needed because their A-list heroes were locked up at other studios. Spider-Man and the X-Men were by far the better known Marvel characters, and what Marvel had access to weren’t as well known outside of comics. So Marvel had to build up the core Avengers characters with multiple movies just to prove that people would go see them in one big team-up.

DC doesn’t have this problem at all. The core of the Justice League (the Trinity) are by far three of the best-known superhero characters and their awareness goes far beyond the comic books. You don’t need three Batman movies to establish who Batman is. You don’t need multiple Superman movies to tell people who the Man of Steel is. Even Wonder Woman is well known, and she’ll be in two movies prior to the release of Justice League.

Flash has awareness due to him being featured in the best superhero television show on the air currently, and everyone knows who Aquaman is (even if their idea of the character is warped by stupidity like Big Bang Theory). The only member of the League who isn’t as well known is Cyborg, and he’ll be introduced in Batman V Superman. His story isn’t that hard to grasp and it doesn’t take multiple movies to explain.

When you have characters who are already well-known by the general public, you don’t have to establish who they are before putting together in one movie. Marvel had to do that because characters like Thor and Captain America may be known to comic fans, but they aren’t that well-known by the general public. DC knows people aren’t stupid, and they know how popular Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are.

So predicting the flop of the DC Extended Universe because DC didn’t copy Marvel is just saying that people are stupid and they won’t turn out to see the Justice League on the big screen just because they didn’t sit through multiple set-up movies before hand.

Kevin Feige Considered Leaving Marvel Studios


Marvel fans were celebrating earlier this week when it was revealed that Kevin Feige will no longer have to report to CEO Ike Perlmutter, but instead will go directly to Disney. Now more information about this drama has come out, and it was arguments over the budget of Captain America: Civil War that nearly drove Feige from Marvel Studios.

According to THR, the issues with Ike Perlmutter almost caused Feige to jump ship:

“Sources say Feige, 42, contemplated leaving Marvel — certainly he might be the industry’s single most employable executive — before Disney CEO Bob Iger approved a reorganization that sees Feige reporting to Horn.”

Thankfully Iger knew what was best and allowed Feige what he wanted so he could continue to guide the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios Disbands the Creative Committee

marvel-studios-00Following Kevin Feige gaining full control of Marvel Studios, the Creative Committee has now been disbanded and that means very good things for Marvel movies going forward.

Birth.Movies.Death has confirmed that the Committee, which often dragged down development, is no more:

“Over the years I’ve heard many stories of the Creative Committee giving notes that are pedestrian, motivated by ‘save the cat’ story logic and sometimes a drag on creativity. One Marvel creative talked to me about battles with the Creative Committee where they focused on details of nit-picky science that ignored the general tone of the script itself. The notes that drove Edgar Wright off Ant-Man came from the Creative Committee. What’s more, the Creative Committee was often very tardy with their notes, making movie development a much slower process. All of the Committee members have other, very important jobs, so you understand why that would be the case, but it was a pain for filmmakers. And that’s before taking into account the political divisions within Marvel that also created friction with the Creative Committee.”

This is very good news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it unshackles the people who really need to make the decisions. One could only imagine how awesome Infinity War and Captain Marvel will turn out now that the Creative Committee is gone…

Marvel Studios Breaks Free of Marvel – Feige in Charge!

marvel-studios-00Marvel Studios has broken free of the control of Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter with Kevin Feige fully in charge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

THR reports tonight that Feige and the rest of Marvel Studios will now report directly to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, no longer taking orders from Perlmutter in New York. Strangely Jeph Loeb’s television arm will still remain under the watchful eye of Ike Perlmutter, which is strange due to the shared universe the movies and TV shows exist in.

The piece mentions how notorious Ike Perlmutter was with pinching pennies, so now that Feige is in charge the infamous low-balling of actor’s contracts may come to an end.

Here’s a clip of what it looked like in Perlmutter’s office today:

Marvel Has Redesigned Spidey\’s Costume for the MCU

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When Marvel announced the deal between them and Sony to lease Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one thing many people wondered about is what the MCU Spidey costume would look like.

If they kept anything from [easyazon_link identifier=”B00JPQZSFM” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”furiofanbo-20″]The Amazing Spider-Man 2[/easyazon_link], it should be the costume. That was the most perfect on-screen Spidey suit ever, and the MCU Spidey costume should just be that. Unfortunately it sounds like Marvel has other plans for theirs.

Speaking to Crave Online, Kevin Feige said this about Spidey’s costume:

“Well, yeah, I mean look, I was more involved in the Raimi ones, and think they did a very good job. But that being said, we’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”

He also once again confirmed it wouldn’t be an origin story:

“It will not be an origin story,“ Feige continued. “But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers.”

“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet,“ he said, laughing.

Also, Feige confirmed what everyone suspected: the Spidey deal was in the works back when they made their October announcements. If it had been finalized we would’ve known about it all the way back then.

Marvel Studios May Skip San Diego Comic Con This Year

SDCC AvengersNearly every summer people spend nights sleeping on a San Diego sidewalk to get a seat in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con. Usually they really want to get into the hall to see Marvel’s big crowd-pleasing presentation. Except there may not be one in 2015.

Just as Marvel didn’t bring Avengers footage to SDCC in 2011 because they were saving it for Disney’s convention the next month, it sounds like Marvel Studios may be skipping San Diego entirely this year. The MCU Exchange spotted this comment from Guardians director James Gunn who was asked on Facebook if he’ll be there this year and he replied, “I’m not sure. Marvel isn’t going so I’m not sure I will either.”

As Marvel already unveiled their Phase 3 lineup earlier this year at their own event, they really wouldn’t have much to reveal. Anything they did have for Captain America: Civil War will likely be held for Disney’s D23 Expo in August.

5 Reasons Why Marvel Studios Makes the Best Comic Book Movies


In May the eleventh Marvel Studios movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will hit theaters as the movie studio rides a wave of unbelievable success. Over the last seven years, Marvel Studios has released ten movies, two television series, and it looks like they’re just beginning. But why do people flock to their movies? Why was a movie about unknown characters with a talking raccoon one of the highest grossing films of 2014? Here are five reasons:

The Marvel Cinematic Universe


It’s all connected. The movies, the television series, and Netflix. Everything exists in the same shared universe. I’ve seen some people bashing the Marvel movies for doing this, thinking they should be self-contained, but that’s completely wrong. They’ve made a shared universe to mirror the way things work in the comics, and that’s why the Marvel Studios stuff works so well. Everything can have repercussions in other movies, making even the smallest event something that can come back in a much bigger way down the line.

They Embrace the Fantastic Nature of Comics


Ever since Fox released X-Men in 2000, comic fans have been cursed with a “grounded in reality” approach to the movies. Hollywood’s belief was that general audiences wouldn’t buy a comic book movie if it was as unrealistic as comics have the tendency to be. Once Marvel started making their own movies that belief was tossed out the window, and in a few years we’ll have the mind-blowing Infinity War on the big screen. That’s something Fox would never be caught dead making…

They Get the Characters Right


People like to blur the lines where Robert Downey Jr. ends and Tony Stark begins, but that’s not even the best example of Marvel perfectly nailing a character in the MCU. From the very beginning of Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans was 100% the Steve Rogers from the comics. Even now, nearly seven years after Iron Man first hit the screen Marvel has yet to make a colossal character stumble like turning Galactus into a cloud.

They Aren’t Afriad


Guardians of the Galaxy is proof that Marvel doesn’t care what other people think, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Marvel has earned the ability to do any comic character they want in live action. Ten years ago people would’ve rolled their eyes at a Guardians of the Galaxy or Inhumans movie. Now it’s exciting to see where Marvel is going to take this universe they’ve been building.

They Have a Plan


Apparently Marvel’s Kevin Feige has a map on his office wall planning out the entire Marvel Cinematic universe into the late 2020’s. The rumor is there are more than 20 movies beyond Phase 3 being planned right now, so everything you see happening in the upcoming Marvel films have a purpose. People like to think there will be an implosion of comic book movies and people will stop making them. As long as Marvel sticks to their plan and winning formula, that probably won’t happen…

The Superhero Movie Schedule Through 2020

DC Marvel ScheduleFrom Reddit comes this pretty good timeline of all of the comic book movies through 2020. While there are a lot of these floating around, this one is actually one of the better examples as they don’t use fake Deviant Art created titles for the unannounced movies. There’s a piece of fan art listing fake Marvel movies going around and it’s gone so viral people accept it as fact.

Marvel\’s Phase 1 & 2 Look Back Video from SDCC 2014

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The age of miracles…
While Marvel definitely won’t be releasing the Age of Ultron or Ant Man footage from San Diego Comic Con, they have released the video they played before that.

This five-minute video is a nearly chronological look back at all of the Phase 1 and 2 movies, although after it gets started it tends to jump around just for editing purposes. What little footage from The Incredible Hulk (Phase 1) that’s used in the reel is mixed among all of the Phase 1 and 2 movies.

It’s an awesome retrospective at how far Marvel Studios has come over the last ten movies, and gives a great Guardians of the Galaxy tease at the end…


SDCC 2014: Marvel\’s Convention-Exclusive Ant Man Poster

age-of-ultron-iron-man-concept-posterMarvel Studios’ panel isn’t until Saturday night in Hall H, but if this poster is any indication Ant Man will have a big presence there. The studio has released an image of their San Diego Comic Con 2014 exclusive Ant Man poster, created with concept art from the movie, to give everyone their first look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym as well as the actual suit design from the movie.

Marvel Studios Has the Rights to Namor (Sort of)

Could the “entanglements” Feige describe include Namor’s mutant status?
Following the realization that Marvel appears to have the rights to Man-Thing back from Lionsgate, it now appears as of they also have regained the rights to Namor the Submariner. Previously the rights to him were held by Universal and there has been speculation that Legendary would produce a Namor movie for them.

In an interview with IGN, Kevin Feige cleared up the rights questions for Namor:

IGN: Finally, there were rumours circulating awhile back that Universal and Legendary Pictures were developing a Sub-Mariner movie, but there was also some confusion about who holds the rights to the character. So could Legendary make that movie at this point?

Feige: No.

IGN: So if a film were to happen it would be you guys making it?

Feige: Yes, but it’s slightly more complicated than that. Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.

With strong rumors of a New Avengers movie to happen after Phase 4 (long after Avengers 3), maybe Marvel is working towards introducing Namor at some point? We know they have things planned out through 2028, so it’s definitely a possibility.

Has Marvel Forgotten About Continuity in Comics?

marvel-heroesMarvel’s film division is doing an amazing job with continuity from one movie to another. Even connecting to television, Marvel likes to point out to everyone how #itsallconnected. They’re embracing the shared continuity of the comics, where something that happens to a character in one movie has lasting effects across all of the other movies. It’s perhaps one reason comic fans are really loving what Marvel is doing with their movies, and why some are equally excited about DC taking the same approach.

But as someone who reads comics on a weekly basis it’s been bugging me that Marvel seems to have forgotten about continuity in their monthly books. It wasn’t always a problem, but it’s been growing worse since the Marvel Now! relaunches where it seems that certain writers are perfectly happy to live in their own little universe detached from the rest of Marvel.

This started to become noticeable during the big Avengers vs. X-Men event a couple of years ago. In the tie-in issues of Wolverine and the X-Men, they gave Logan some nice character development. Still haunted by killing Jean, he convinced himself that no matter what he wasn’t going to allow himself to kill Hope. Instead, he’ll protect her. This was a great bit of growth for Wolverine, which Bendis immediately discarded in his next issue of the main story where Wolverine decided he needed to “kill the bitch”.

A more recent example would be the Avengers and New Avengers books. I absolutely love the epic story Hickman is telling in those books, and he totally nailed the landing on Infinity making it one of the best Marvel events in years. But the problem comes with how detached those team books are from the character’s solo books. It seems like no matter what happens to Cap in his own title, it has no affect on Hickman’s version of Cap. A very recent example of what Mark Waid has done in Hulk. Where Banner basically is lobotomized in the solo book, there’s zero reference to him being in that state in the Avengers titles. In fact, he was just made a member of the Illuminati!

Some writers seem to try to pay attention to what others are doing, such as the mention of Electro being beat up by The Punisher in a secondary story in Amazing Spider-Man #1, which references the recent Punisher re-launch. But that’s still not good enough, as when other writers live in their own pocket Marvel Universe it hurts the continuity of the overall line.

People love to bash DC’s New 52 relaunch, but for the most part their continuity from book-to-book each month has been much better than what Marvel’s been doing. A big event in Batman’s life, such as the death of Damian or the Death in the Family storyline, has lasting effects across all the Bat-family books and is even referenced in other titles where Batman shows up. Right now the Superman storyline Doomed is going on, and it’s being dealt with in not only the other Superman titles but also the team-up books like Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman.

Justice League is obviously DC’s version of The Avengers, and that title remains to be the center of the DC comic universe where everything that happens with major events (such as Forever Evil that just ended) is felt in that title. It’s almost the exact opposite of Marvel, where Avengers and New Avengers seem like Hickman’s little superhero playground with no regard to what the solo books do to the characters.

I love the Marvel books and remember even within the last decade when they had great continuity on a month-to-month basis. The days of House of M and Civil War really showed the Marvel Universe as one shared continuity. Ever since Marvel Now! it feels like Marvel has lost that, while Marvel Studios has embraced it with the films. Maybe the comic side of things should look to their movie division, or even their corporate sibling Lucasfilm, for ways to unify the continuity once again.

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Spider-Man Rights Reverting to Marvel?

amazing_spiderman_3_1Following the awesome reveal of the Ben Affleck Batman this morning, there’s been some crazy twitter chatter going around about another superhero’s big screen future.

Not long after the internet calmed down a bit over seeing the near-perfect Batman suit, people started tweeting about Marvel regaining the rights to Spider-Man. Of course this is crazy as Sony has been saying forever that they’ll never give up Spider-Man, and they have four more movies planned in their Spidey Cinematic Universe. Then again, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 plummeted 61% in its second weekend, which is just about how bad Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 did in its second weekend.

Where did this rumor start, it seems like Bleeding Cool discovered it was Max Landis tweeting it:


Could the dismal performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have caused Sony to relent and return Spider-Man to Marvel? Or was Max Landis just trolling Twitter?

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