Marvel fans rejoice! We have some stellar updates on upcoming projects in their pipeline, and I think you're going to be happy about it. Well, for the most part.
A topic that we've frequently discussed on our AMC Movie Talk show, is who could replace Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man if "Iron Man 3" was really his last time reprising the character. All this time, he has not been officially signed on for "Avengers 2", even though we all believed (and hoped) that he would at least be back for that one.
Insiders say that a meeting between RDJ and Marvel President Kevin Feige happened last night, and that they discussed his return to the role in "Avengers 2" and "Avengers 3". At this time, it doesn't look like a fourth "Iron Man" film will be happening, as it sounds like RDJ is not interested. As much as fans would like to see him continue the role for eternity, I think we can all definitely respect a trilogy, remaining a trilogy. As well as his desire to not be typecast as the character for the rest of his acting career.
One of the most interesting reveals that came from the meeting, is that Marvel has a script in development for a "Ms. Marvel" film. Very interesting indeed that Marvel would launch a standalone female-fronted superhero film, before Warner Bros/DC launches a "Wonder Woman" film.
Besides the great news of an "Avengers 3" film coming, Marvel has also revealed they have film plans for "Doctor Strange", "Iron Fist", "Black Panther" and "The Runaways" on their pipeline.
There was also word that there is a development for a "Blade" reboot, whose rights recently were returned to Marvel. Could it be that we'll finally see a rated-R film from Marvel/Disney?
Feige also stated that there are no plans for spin-off films for War Machine (played by Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2 and 3") or The Falcon (played by Anthony Macki in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
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