By Todd Allen
OK, so it’s supposed to be the Iron Man 3 panel. And it is, but they started out by confirming a few things for the second phase of the MCU. MCU? Marvel Cinematic Universe. What is there to be confirmed? Here’s a handy list:
- Thor: The Dark World; directed by Alan Taylor (of Game of Thrones); Nov. 8 2013
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier; April 4, 2014; Directed by the Russo brothers
- Guardians of the Galaxy is confirmed: Drax, Groot, Starlord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon; August 1, 2014
- Edgar Wright is confirmed for Ant-Man; he’s thinking about basing the script on an issue of Marvel Premiere
- Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin in Iron Man 3
That’s a lot of rumors confirmed. Creators rights buffs, take note: Drax and Gamora are two more Jim Starlin creations. Drax goes back to the first appearance of Thanos in Iron Man, so this isn’t exactly going to be pouring water on the fire, if you get where I’m going.
No clue what Thor’s “Dark World” is going to be, but if the Winter Soldier is our old friend Buck Barnes, that is a really quick leap from the comics page to the big screen.
Depending on where Ant-Man gets scheduled, we’re probably looking at Avengers 2 following Guardians of the Galaxy. I suppose that would make it entirely possible for Thanos to appear in Guardians and bridge over into Avengers 2. I expect we’ll be hearing a few rumors about that until there’s a confirmation or denial.
That’s the upcoming Marvel slate. They’re going a little further out on a limb with Groot, er, Guardians of the Galaxy. Ant-Man may not have a tone of visibility, but the character’s been in the comics with some regularity for 50 years, even if he wasn’t headlining his own book very often. The Guardians have popped up much more sporadically over the years. That will be a bigger test of how Marvel’s film unit has branded itself with the movie-going population.
Let’s leave with Marvel’s concept art for the Guardians film: