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What Is Marvel's Next Announcement?
Ant Man shoots tests and rumours fly...

29 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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What Is Marvel's Next Announcement?

With Comic-Con approaching over the horizon like a giant pop cultural monster, talk has naturally turned to what Marvel Studios might have up its voluminous sleeves to announce at the event. The company is bringing a highly anticipated look at Iron Man 3, but rumours have been swirling about other films they could announce for future slots. Which pics? Try Ant Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Big Hero 6.

Let’s talk Ant Man first. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have been busily writing it on-and-off for years, but the character had to cool his heels in development while his fellow Avengers got their turn in the spotlight. Now the Hollywood Reporter brings word that Wright quietly shot a test reel for the movie this month, which will demonstrate the style and feel that he’s going for. Though that’s a definite leap ahead in terms of the film’s development, it still has yet to be officially announced, and Wright will be a little busy with The World’s End in the coming months. Still, there remains a chance that Hank Pym could be finally ready for his close up, even if it’s not in 2014.

Marvel has that lingering second slot to fill once Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Thor 2 have been shot, and rumours have begun to spread that a couple of movies could be in contention.

Latino Review is reporting that The Guardians Of The Galaxy might be the lucky winners of the second slot in 2014, a year that already boasts the Captain America sequel. The Guardians aren’t exactly a shocking choice, as Marvel has been considering them since at least 2010 when Kevin Feige first dropped a teasing mention of them. That was followed last year by news they were in development. Originally appearing in Marvel Super-Heroes in 1969, they’re a team assembled from various different species and planets in the 31st century with the aim of fighting off the evil Badoon, a race attempting to conquer the solar system. They’ve fought several other foes since then and were even re-launched in 2008 for a more modern incarnation. And since a recent run of the comics featured Thanos, the grinning blue ultra-goon who made a cameo during the end credits of The Avengers, there’s every chance that seeds were being sown for both hero groups. According to the Latino lads, the Guardians will be announced at Comic-Con. We’ll wait and see, but now the Hollywood Reporter is also quoting "sources" saying the team will be the big reveal.

Another, even more intriguing prospect is Big Hero 6, a super team created by Steven Seagle and Duncan Rouleau. Employed by the Japanese government as its state-sanctioned answer to the heroic likes of Captain America, it includes such notable figures as 13-year-old genius Hiro, powerful warrior Silver Samurai and secret agent Honey Lemon, who can access any object from her purse. No, we’re not kidding.

The Blue Sky Disney blog was able to dig up details on the film, which is apparently being eyed as an animated adventure crafted by Disney, but it’s still just an open writing assignment, so we wouldn’t expect it to be moving in time to be ready for at least two or three years.

So, some intriguing news, but all still floating in the rumour sphere until Marvel hits the panel stage…


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Cumberbatch
I'd love to see Cumberbatch play Hank Pym. In a recent Jaguar Magazine interview he mentioned he had a project he couldnt talk about. Fingers crossed its this. More

Posted by acertree at 16:13 on 02 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Rocket raccoon and the guardians of the galaxy...
I'm just not too sure about these 3 films (even with Edgar's input) looks like they're going for quantity over quality with these releases, probably comes down to Disney trying to squeeze as much out as possible which leads to a major possibility of over saturation of the marketplace where you may end up seeing 1 super-hero movie a month or 2 & even though being a comic-book nut over (too)many years to mention I just feel it would weaken the genre. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:36 on 02 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Rocket raccoon and the guardians of the galaxy...
Get a Nick Fury movie made. It would have to span some 25 years or so at least and feature the early days of SHIELD and the return of a younger Phil Coulson plus how and why Fury got the eye patch. More

Posted by Beno at 15:01 on 01 July 2012 | Report This Post

Rocket raccoon and the guardians of the galaxy...
This is got to be a digital fest...Perhaps Marvel's first steps into PIXAR territory...not a bad choice and good characters to boot if this is handled the right way....I remember them in a Hulk issue once...was a light chuckle. More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:10 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

Honey Lemon AKA
Honey Lemon, who can access any object from her purse. No, we’re not kidding.   Honey Lemon A.K.A. Sports Billy More

Posted by gortraney at 15:19 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

Cool
I thought Black Panther had been confirmed by LATINO REVIEW as well.... I'll be weary on this news indeed if they are on the way i wouldve liked some other solo stories as well like PANTHER/DR STRANGE/ANT-MAN. dIDNT marvel PLAN TO MAKE 10 MIN SHORTS OF THE LOWER TIER HEROS AND SHOW THEM BEFORE FILMS TO SEE HOW THE AUDIENCE REACTED TO THEM? More

Posted by leemours84 at 12:32 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

Guardians of the Galaxy
If this is indeed going to be the 2014 project, I'd assume that it will be the more recent (as in 21st Century) version of the team. This would make sense since one of the members is Drax the Destroyer, whose raison d'etre (literally) is to kill Thanos. But it's a fun team, with bug people, a sentient tree, token humans and a weapon-wielding racoon. More

Posted by b2bpaul at 12:00 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

giallomovie
Black Widow movie!!! come one already!!! More

Posted by giallomovie at 11:43 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

ANT MAN CRED REBOOT
I think a Comedy Action approach is the best way to tackle a Superhero who's as smart as Mr Fantastic, Tony Stark but has a pretty lame power - turning small. Like Chris Brown - the character never really bounced back after the wife beating storyline so this could reboot his rep and make him a star again in the Marvel Pantheon. More

Posted by ramseyrocks at 11:16 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

I think a Comedy Action approach is the best way to tackle a Superhero who's as smart as Mr Fantastic, Tony Stark but has a pretty lame power - turning small. Like Chris Brown - the character never really bounced back after the wife beating storyline so this could reboot his rep and make him a star again in the Marvel Pantheon. More

Posted by ramseyrocks at 11:12 on 29 June 2012 | Report This Post

31st century?
I'm not up on my Guardians lore - if they're in the 31st century doesn't that cause problems tying it into the other Marvel movies? More

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