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Disney Meets With Marvel About More Potential ‘Avengers’ & ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Spin-Off Solo Films

by Edward Davis
April 16, 2014 1:58 PM
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Everyone wants a spin-off. That’s the talk du jour. It’s not enough to just have a franchise, you need solo films to keep that franchise going and going. It’s the new black: release a movie every other year while the main mothership has its flagship super-movie every two or three years, right? Fox hopes to do the same with the “X-Men: Days Of Future Pastseries and Mystique (a mooted spin-off while the super-hero team carries on every other few years). And Marvel obviously already has this plan in place: an “Avengers” movie ever few years and in between them they have their solo character movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,”Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World” etc.

This will be the plan for the next few years up until 2017 when “Avengers 3” comes out (it hasn’t been dated yet, but that’s a good bet). Remember, Kevin Feige recently said Marvel has a loose roadmap that leads to 2028. How do they get there? Well, by introducing new characters in each “Avengers” movie for one. After all, folks like Captain America (Chris Evans) are going to retire soon and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is presumably too expensive to re-up another contract with.

This means introducing new characters into “The Avengers” team, making them integral members for the next installments and then eventually giving them solo movies. So “Avengers: The Age Of Ultron” will already introduce three new super heroes: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), The Scarlett Witch (Elisabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany) and rumors of two more — Black Panther and Ms. Marvel (frankly, three seems like more than enough, and Feige was smart enough to not include Hawkeye in ‘Winter Soldier’ because they already knew it was overstuffed). Will these characters get solo movies? Well, according to Business Week, Disney Chiefs recently met with Marvel to discuss how to keep the gravy train going essentially.

Iger and Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, recently met with the Marvel team to talk about new heroes who will be introduced in Age of Ultron and could be spun off in their own films as well. Iger declines to name them. “The possibilities are endless,” he says.

And of course, when a strategy works, not only does every studio copy it (see How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies), but the studio that came up with it just wants to keep rolling it out over and over again (until it fails of course). So this means members of “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” could potentially have their own solo films if that movie takes off (confirming earlier reports).

Iger would like to replicate the success of The Avengers with other Marvel teams. He says Marvel could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features.

Note, some are speculating that this means a Ms. Marvel movie is coming, but Iger nor Business Week suggest that at all. Furthermore, while the Ms. Marvel character is rumored to be in “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” one would think if she was going to get a solo movie, we’d likely know who the actor playing her would be by now. And certainly characters like The Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are bigger. What’s more, Marvel is fairly conservative with these decisions, thankfully. For example, fans would love to see a Black Widow movie (Scarlett Johansson), but Marvel understands she’s a better utility player that works alongside Captain America and a movie based entirely on that supporting character may not work. Same goes for Hulk, who they haven't been in any hurry to go solo with.

Finally, the latest rumor going around today: “42” star Chadwick Boseman will appear inAvengers: Age Of Ultron” as Black Panther. I’d say take it with a grain of salt for now.

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  • arrys | August 12, 2014 8:51 PMReply

    Ms. Marvel would be fantastic. A woman who in the powerhouse category like Ms. Marvel would be perfect. 'Nuff said. The series needs a tough woman with serious power. Not to mention I have been a fan since the 70s. She is a throwdown girl and it would be so fun to watch.

  • Talon | July 22, 2014 9:04 PMReply

    Hey if Disney wants more solo films its a huge win for us. I'm still waiting for Marvel Studios to make Ms.Marvel, Hawkeye, Loki & Punisher movies.

  • Traklarol | April 18, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    People have been asking for a solo Loki movie since forever (there is a huge petition). Loki is one of the most complex characters in the MCU. They should do something like in Loki: Agent of Asgard, turn him into a hero (somewhat) but still keep him mischievous. That would be fun.

  • Kimmy Anderson | April 17, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    I'd kill somebody for a Black Widow movie, people love her character and ScarJo so I think I would work. Or once DC starts this whole plan, a Wonder Woman movie.

  • RBri | April 17, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    This is gonna sound cliche, and for the record, id be okay with or without a planet hulk movie. But the main reason they dont wanna make a planet hulk movie is because its all HULK and no Bruce Banner. Meaning Mark Ruffalos face wont be in the movie. But they have to think about it, in Avatar, Zoe Saldana was that blue alien through out the whole movie. If they did it in Avatar they can do it with Hulk. Mark seems like a good enough guy to not care as long as the movie is good.

  • jawsnnn | April 17, 2014 7:58 AMReply

    There are some flaws with this logic though. One, Marvel has used up its star line-up of characters. Once this well dries up, B-list characters played by non-stars (good actors, but not stars) is not going to drum up the kind of frenzy that Avengers pulled. Two, Spinoffs after an ensemble don't work. Marvel knows this. It took years of work (and some good movies) setting up Avengers, and even then... after Avengers the movies are looking more and more like TV episodes than stand alone pieces. Frankly speaking, the roadmap thing does not make sense. Marvel should probably work on a non-universe project with a different cast and sensibilities and then reboot the whole thing. Maybe acquire the rights to Spiderman after 2018 and work from there... Maybe get a Hulk movie that actually stars the Hulk and not his inner conflict. Or just make more movies like Captain America :TWS that work on their own.

  • Marvelfan_1 | April 17, 2014 1:43 PM

    "Marvel should probably work on a non-universe project with a different cast and sensibilities and then reboot the whole thing." - I could not think of a worse idea than this, thank god you are not working for Marvel studio's, what your pitching is the same route Fox and DC / WB's are doing and look how well that's worked out in comparison, rebooting sucks and just means you didn't make the first movies right in the first place, why the hell do I want to see an origin movie over and over again?? I want to see a continuation of new stories just like the comics, recast the actors James Bond style and get some history in the franchise, Marvel have hundreds of interesting characters to start new origins with why would I want to see a Hulk reboot (for the 3rd time?).

  • jawsnnn | April 17, 2014 7:59 AM

    And Indiewire.... please get at least a disqus commenting board. I have made too many posts and have no way of ever knowing if I got a reply. This is like dropping a message in a bottle and letting it go.

  • Christopher | April 16, 2014 3:56 PMReply

    Marvel is Disney. How can it meet with itself?

  • Newsb I take it | April 17, 2014 12:13 AM

    Have you guys ever worked at a corporation with subsidiaries before? Have you ever worked at a business??

  • tt | April 16, 2014 11:08 PM

    U just said Marvel is owned by Disney, which makes it Disneys. And Disney can run Marvel if they want, its just the Disney president is smart enough to stay out of the way and let them do their things. Marvel is part of Disney, but it doesn't mean Disney has to interfere with their work.

  • Mr. Superhero Movies | April 16, 2014 11:01 PM

    Marvel is not Disney, Marvel is an independent Studio that is owned/financed by Walt Disney Entertainment, you see Marvel pretty much plan and execute as they please and not as Disney tells them to. (Which is why they have their own Marvel Studios fanfare and not the Disney logo at the beginning of their films)

    Which is not the case with let's say DC Films who are actually run by Warner Bros.(Who are ultimately run by Time Warner), unlike Marvel, DC is not an independent studio and when they want to do something it is only possible if their owner, WB, approves. Marvel on the other hand is given creative freedom, but is limited to two films a year because that is what they are financed by Disney. It's like saying hey kids have this money do what you want and make us more money.

  • Christian | April 16, 2014 2:55 PMReply

    I proudly don''t give a shîte.

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