Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios is ramping up its slate of superhero blockbusters into the distant horizon as it books dates for two new films landing on May 16, 2014, and another for June 27, 2014. But what are these mystery movies?
Your guess is as good as ours.
Right now, the mighty Marvel empire has its crown jewel "Avengers" movie dated for May 4, 2012, with "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" blasting into theaters in May and July of 2013, respectively. With those slots filled, we've narrowed it down to the following properties in various stages of development…
• "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" maestro Edgar Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block") have just turned in their latest draft for "Ant-Man" a few months ago, which most in the industry assume will be Wright's next directorial outing. As quoted by SuperheroHype, Cornish said in April, "We delivered the second draft of 'Ant-Man' two days ago, and we're really happy with it."
• Marvel has been seriously teasing us with promises that they are keen on bringing mystical magician "Doctor Strange" to the screen. No one's been cast yet, but Viggo Mortensen, John Cusack and Dr. McDreamy himself Patrick Dempsey have all been touted on the web as promising choices. Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, screenwriters of the upcoming "Conan the Barbarian" remake, are already hard at work conjuring the sorcerer supreme.
• With "Captain America: The First Avenger" bringing home the bacon and winning over audiences thanks to Chris Evans' assured portrayal of Cap, expect to see more red, white, and blue shield-slinging action in the present-day.
• Mark Ruffalo has stated that he has signed to reprise The Hulk post-Avengers, which will make this the third solo iteration of the character in a decade after Eric Bana and Edward Norton both gave it a shot.
• Revival of their planned adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's "Runaways" with director Peter Sollett, which was postponed last year after Marvel Studios' schedule supposedly became too crowded to handle the teenage superheroes.
• Both "Luke Cage" and "Black Panther" have been under discussion, with the latter jungle warrior the more likely of the two because of his connection to The Avengers and the subtle hint Jon Favreau dropped on the map of Africa at the end of "Iron Man 2."
• Hawkeye solo mission film starring Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. Renner has two other franchises with "Bourne Legacy" and Mission: Impossible," so there's a real good chance he might be too busy. Also, since "Avengers" doesn't land until next summer Marvel really hasn't had a chance to gauge whether fan demand would be high enough to have Hawkeye blow stuff up with arrows for 90 minutes.
Which two of these continuing or aspiring franchises seems the most likely to land in 2014?