Marvel news seems to be coming in so thick and fast these days it is hard to keep up, and what I have for you today is a few days old now, but its best to share it with you. First up comes news of possible directors for Marvel’s planned Captain America sequel. Now, I will be honest with you, out of all the Marvel films so far, Captain America is the one I least enjoyed, and I found his character rather bland in The Avengers Assemble. However, his character did grow on me (eventually) in Joss Whedon’s epic, so I am now more than willing to give a sequel a shot.
Nothing has yet been confirmed, and it sounds as if these negotiations have been going on very privately, but the rumours are that Joe and Anthony Russo may well be the pair directing Captain America 2. They have beat off competition from George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen), and if they get the job, it will prove an odd and intriguing choice. See, the Russo Brothers have not exactly been one’s for big budget action epics: their list of directing jobs on IMDB consists of a few small indie type films like Pieces, You Me and Dupree and and the excellent Welcome to Collinwood. Most of their back catalogue is made up of TV series’, like Community, Happy Endings and Arrested Development. So, a strange choice then for Marvel, however the studio have proved time and again over recent years that they really know what they are doing, so The Russo Brothers must have something that we have not seen yet. Fingers crossed they can improve on the first film.
While no plot details have yet been announced, Captain America 2 has a planned cinema release date of 4th April 2014, and naturally Chris Evans will be returning, along with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Black Panther movie on the way?
Plans for a movie based on Marvel’s character, Black Panther, have been around for a long time but have never come to light. There have been a number of failed attempts to get it made, with one attempt for Artisan/ Lionsgate due to star Wesley Snipes as the Black Panther. However, with Marvel constantly hinting at characters to come in their movies, there have been clues as to the coming of the Black Panther. Most notably, in Iron Man 2 where a map of the Black Panthers secretive home nation of Wakanda appeared.
Latino Review broke the news, and they seem to be well informed on Marvel’s movements and are usually right. However, both Marvel and Disney have yet to confirm the story, although they have also not denied it. There is no word on who will actually play The Black Panther, but it sounds as if documentarian Mark Bailey has been hired to direct.
The Black Panther, real name T’Challa, is an African Prince who becomes a hero as part of his Royal Family’s legacy. Interestingly, in the comics, the Black Panther ends up marrying X-Men’s Storm, and he’s also been prominently featured in the animated adventures of the superhero team that predate this year’s Avengers Assemble.
More on both stories as they develop.
By Matt Wavish