Outlook on Marvel's Upcoming Line-up
by Alex Billington
August 10, 2007
Although no major Marvel news hit today besides the Hollywood trades confirming that Stardust director Matthew Vaughn is directing Thor, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the full upcoming slate of Marvel films, as they're quickly dominating the line-up through 2010. With Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk hitting next summer as well as Wolverine and Punisher 2 already in the works, even the set of movies in this next 12 months is looking quite exciting.
Marvel's Upcoming Line-up:
The Incredible Hulk - Director: Louis Leterrier - Writer: Edward Norton, Zak Penn - June 13, 2008 Release - Incredible Hulk Updates from Comic-Con: Ed Norton Speaks
Punisher 2 (Lionsgate) - Director: Lexi Alexander - Writer: Matt Holloway, Arthur Marcum - Likely 2008 Release - Ray Stevenson Cast as The Punisher!
Wolverine (Fox) - Director: Gavin Hood - Writer: David Benioff - Likely 2008 Release - Hugh Jackman Praises Wolverine Screenwriter David Benioff
Thor - Director: Matthew Vaughn - Writer: Mark Protosevich - Likely 2009 Release - Matthew Vaughn to Direct Thor Movie
Ant-Man - Director: Edgar Wright - Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish - Unknown Release
Captain America - Writer: David Self - Captain America Movie Next From Marvel After Hulk!
Nick Fury - Writer: Andrew Marlowe - Sam Jackson as Nick Fury to Appear in Iron Man?!
The Avengers - Writer: Zak Penn - Marvel Avengers Movie with Iron Man and Hulk Coming Eventually
In terms of a big Avengers team-up movie, it seems like they've got everything moving in the right direction. They've setup their own production company and have the rights to Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Ant-Man all contained within that same production company. Those 5 heroes right there practically make up the entire original 1960's Avengers, minus Wasp. Sounds like they've really got some grand plans in the works. I don't think it's necessary to have Spider-Man involved and Sony would never let it happen, so it's best they jump on what they have available now to compete with DC's Justice League movie than risk spending more time in negotiations.
I can say without a doubt that I'm incredibly excited for almost all of these films, even Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Marvel's been taking good care of their many great characters and they're all in the best hands. Even Punisher 2 looks like it will turn out a lot better than the first Punisher.
For now, keep watch as we always bring you the latest and greatest updates on all of Marvel's upcoming films and as we countdown the days to Iron Man and Incredible Hulk next summer!