If Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger do well at the box office this summer then sequels will obviously be forthcoming. Last week screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus spoke about potentially setting the Captain America sequel in modern times, and in the upcoming summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine (via IGN) Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige confirmed:
“Thor will go off into a new adventure and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own.”
Marvel is also keen on expanding the universe further, and following Iron Man 2 there was talk of a Black Widow spin-off with Scarlett Johansson. Now Feige says he wants to see a Hawkeye movie, persumably with Jeremy Renner (although you know what Marvel are like with re-casting) and a S.H.I.E.L.D spin-off.
“We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. — all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we’ve got a lot of other characters we’re prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.”
Over the past year writers have been hired for Black Panther, Iron Fist and Dr. Strange movies, so it’ll just be a case of waiting to see if any of them leave development hell. Marvel were on the verge of shooting Runaways with director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), but they put the project on hold because they were already too busy with the current line-up. Marvel managed to turn a second-tier comic book character such as Iron Man into a box office giant, but third and fourth-tier characters may not achieve the same success.