Another rumor focusing on Ant-Man has appeared as well. It states that Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) will have a major role in the film (according to recent drafts of the script). The terrorist organization is a splinter group of HYDRA and will factor in Iron Man 3 (as seen from set pictures) in some way. It’s possible that the arms group could try to get ahold of S.H.I.E.L.D. technology and Ant-Man is sent in to retrive it. There had been talk the hero was being reinvented as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent similar to Captain America. That tech could be the “Phase Two” weapons seen in Avengers, Pym’s suits or an early version of Ultron who becomes an Avengers villain himself.
A building for A.I.M. had been spotted on the set of Iron Man 3. This may or may not involve Guy Pearce’s Killian who is confirmed to be playing a villain in the film. Guy has stated that his character would only be a cameo. Why bring in someone as talented as Peace for just a cameo? It opens the door to my speculation that Killian might actually be villain Baron Strucker. Strucker is the creator of Advanced Idea Mechanics and appoints himself the new leader of HYDRA. Could Guy Pearce’s character resurface in Ant-Man?
Captain America writer Christopher Markus had put it out there he’d like to see Peter Dinklage in the role of Modok, another member of A.I.M.
Simon Pegg has stated if he got involved with Ant-Man he’d want to play villain which could be Egghead. It wouldn’t be hard to make him apart of A.I.M. as well.
Deadline reveals that Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe, E.R.) has landed the role of Agent Melinda May in ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. The series is created and written by Joss Whedon who is now the creative guru of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was recently announced that Clark Gregg would head up the show reprising the role of Agent Coulson.
Summer Glau (Serenity, Firefly, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Alphas) was asked by IGN if she had talked to Whedon about role in the series.
Well, I have my fingers crossed behind my back. I try not to say anything to Joss about anything he’s doing because he has so many actors, and I know we all want to work for him. So I don’t know, but if I could be a part of it in any way, of course, you know I want to.
With yesterday’s announcement that Captain America 2 has been given the greenlit and the release date of April 4th 2014. We’re one step close to finding out what that mystery Marvel film will be in May 2014. Cap 2 likely won’t start shooting until later in the year or even until 2013 given it’s two years away from release and that untitled Marvel film will shoot not soon after. The studio has finally lined up their three main sequels so they can now focus on new characters. Marvel has been pussy-footing around the thought of spin-offs that include Black Widow, War Machine, Hawkeye and even Winter Soldier. Yet they have yet to lock down a release dates for their many new hero projects. A few other movies that have been in the works include Black Panther, Guardians of The Galaxy, Inhumans, Runaways (put on-hold/axed), Sub-Mariner, Luke Cage and Iron Fist which all seem to be still in development phases. Currently there seems to be only three films ready to go into production at this point and below is a quick rundown.
ANT-MAN: Ant-Man is a clear standout between the three films as it has both a script and direct set for it. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have been working on the script for years with Wright being on board for eight years. Marvel will have to move quickly because there is already talk of Edgar lining up at least three other films. The characters of Hank Pym (Ant-Man) and Janet (Wasp) would have been added to Avengers but Wright had been stating their introduction and origins were meant for his film. Edgar has promised a spectacle to a scale we’ve never seen from him before along with Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, MI3, MI4, Star Trek 1-2) stating he’d love to play the film’s villain.
DOCTOR STRANGE: Strange is another future film that Marvel producer Kevin Feige has been spending a lot of time winking at during the summer flood of press interviews last year. Quoted as saying it would be coming “sooner rather than later”. Given the fact it has a script in place from Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer it’s a strong candidate. There have been previous casting rumors linking Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek 2, Sherlock Holmes, Hobbit) and Javier Bardem for the film. I think Doctor Strange is just different enough from the other characters with the horror/occult genre, he could be a great second wave of heroes added to Avengers 2. Since it’s already been hinted that Marvel is planning on working towards that in their second phase. Including heroes like Ant-Man, Wasp and Strange into the Avengers lineup could shakeup the sequel.
NICK FURY/S.H.I.E.L.D: A S.H.I.E.L.D. film has aslo been in development for years. With a script from Air Force One screenwriter Andrew Marlowe that’s been kicking around. However, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have mostly been sprinkled in as filler supporting characters in other Marvel Studios films. There has been talk of Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) playing a larger role in Avengers than previously seen before. Personally, I’m not sure if we really need a S.H.I.E.L.D. film if we already have them in the other franchises. It’s been stated that S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a large presence in Avengers and the upcoming Captain America sequel. If Marvel does make this project they’re going to have to hurry up as Sam Jackson isn’t getting any younger if they’re looking to make this a franchise. I assume that the ten directors being looked at for Captain America 2 might also end up in the running to direct the S.H.I.E.L.D. film among their other projects. This would be the first spin-off from the studio and could lead to other supporting heroes getting their own films.
So it’s official as Marvel Studios and Disney announce that Captain America 2 is set for a release on April 4th 2014. Even though that’s about two years away the studio is already on the hunt for a director as Joe Johnston won’t be returning. Not to mention a script is already underway from writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. The studio also reveals the first brief synopsis which confirms that S.H.I.E.L.D. will indeed play a big part in the sequel along with it’s director Nick Fury (Sam Jackson). Now that Marvel has all there sequels lined up we can finally start seeing some new heroes get their own films. Since the final May 2014 release slot has yet to be filled by an announced project.
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger on April 4, 2014. The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.
Mark Millar has a long honoured history of running his mouth when it comes to his film projects. We’ve heard more than our fair share of untrue talk about Kick-Ass 2. There is now word from Millar picked up by ComicBookResources (via CBM) that the development on The Secret Service is moving along quite nicely. Stating that Matthew Vaughn is currently writing the film’s script. It was revealed a few months back that the Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman were working on the film. Described as Millar/Vaughn/Dave Gibbons’ (Watchmen) version of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that follows a London hoodie that is trained to become a James Bond type of spy.
Another interesting tidbit was laid out by Millar stating that Mark Hamill will have pivotal role in the film. The iconic actor is best known for playing Luke Skywalker and as the voice of the Joker for almost two decades. His role is unknown but he could be playing a villain or even himself. Millar also confirmed the two lead actors of the project would indeed be British. A director hasn’t been named but since Vaughn has signed on for a sequel to X-Men First Class he might pass on the directing side of things.