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The following is a list of the movies considered to be in various stages of development by Marvel Studios, based upon different Marvel Comic Book Series and properties.

Alien Legion

In 2009, Carl Potts confirmed that a film adaptation of Alien Legion had been optioned and the script was in its third rewrite. Derek Haas revealed that he and writing partner Michael Brandt had been reworking the Alien Legion script for Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney.[1]

Black Widow

On February 12, 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that some developmental groundwork has been done on a possible movie featuring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

In an interview with Total Film, Feige said...

"We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March, [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."[2]

However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with "Examiner.com," citing that she has been involved in three movies already and another character (Ms. Marvel) might be more interesting.[3] In August 2014, British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in a interview that he wants to direct the film.[4]

While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[5]

In a interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige are discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[6]

In January 2016, actor Clark Gregg stated that Marvel should make a Black Widow movie; meanwhile Joe and Anthony Russo wanted to direct the film.[7][8][9]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about seeing a Black Widow movie.[10]

On July 23, 2016, Feige has stated that they are committing to do the movie and The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was open on directing the film.[11][12]

Blade

In 2011, the rights to the character Blade were reverted back to Marvel.[13]

Cable

In 2009, Marvel assembled a group of screenwriters to write film scripts for lesser-known characters such as Black Panther, Cable, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nighthawk and Vision.[14]

The post credit scene in Deadpool declared 20th Century Fox's intention to include Cable in the film's sequel.

Gargoyle

In 2006, a live-action film based on Gargoyle was being developed by Marvel. However, no further developments have been announced to date.

Hawkeye

A Hawkeye film is currently being planned.[15]

Iron Man 4

In 2014, the release date was likely going to be before 2018. Although sources said that Robert Downey, Jr. would most likely be replaced by another actor, due to his age and he will remain as a producer for the movie.[16]

On July 23, 2014 it was reported that Robert Downey Jr. has expressed interest in returning as Tony Stark for a fourth solo Iron Man movie.[17]

Ka-Zar

In 2010, Marvel Studios started taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters including Ka-Zar.[18]

Loki

In 2013, Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito considered making a stand-alone Loki one-shot, but said : "Being on Asgard is very difficult for us to do in a short. It's just impossible for us cost wise. The short would be 30 seconds, and it's over. One shot of Loki on Asgard."[19]

Longshot

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Longshot.[20]

Morbius

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Morbius.[20]

Mort the Dead Teenager

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Mort the Dead Teenager.[20]

Namor the Sub-Mariner

On June 3, 2014, Borys Kit confirmed that Marvel, not Universal Pictures now has the Namor film rights.[21] On July 18, 2014, Kevin Feige told IGN in an interview that the Namor film rights are not with Universal and Legendary Pictures, but he explained there are a number of contracts and deals that need to be sorted out.[22] On June 2, 2016, Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada told Kevin Smith on his Podcast that the Namor rights are now back with Marvel.[23]

Nick Fury

Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write the script in 2006. The script he wrote was loosely based on Jim Starenko's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. series and involved the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. The script was not written for the version of the character appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was constructed before Samuel L. Jackson was cast but Marlowe said that the script could be "tweaked" for Jackson's portrayal.[24]

Nighthawk

In 2009, Marvel assembled a group of screenwriters to write film scripts for lesser-known characters including Nighthawk.[14] The character of Jackson Norriss appeared in the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King as a member of the Ten Rings. In the comics, Norriss is one of the Nighthawk alter egos.

Power Pack

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Power Pack.[20]

A live-action film based on Power Pack was being developed by Marvel in 2006.

However, in 2010, Marvel Studios started taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters including Power Pack.[18]

Prime

In 2003, Marvel released an earnings report listing a Prime film as "to be determined".[25]

Runaways

In 2008, Marvel Studios began developing a script based the comic series Runaways with Brian K. Vaughan writing and Kevin Feige producing.[26]

In April 2010 director Peter Sollett emerged as the front runner to direct the movie.[27]

In May 2010, British screenwriter Drew Pearce was reported to be writing the film for Marvel Studios.[28]

In July 2010, it was reported that filming would begin in March - July 2011.[29]

On August 5, 2010, casting for the film began. Actress Keke Palmer was approached for a role in the film.[30] Lucas Cruikshank also auditioned for a role in the film.[31]

On February 6, 2014, Drew Pearce told Total Film magazine that he had no idea whether or not Runaways had a spot in Marvel's Phase Three plans.[32]

On October 28, 2014, during a Question & Answer session at a Marvel live event, Kevin Feige said the script for Runaways is what brought Drew Pearce to his attention so that Pearce could ultimately assist in writing Iron Man 3. However, the script remains in "Marvel's script vault" without present plans for filming.[33]

On August 17, 2016, Marvel announced the development of a series for the Hulu platform based on the Runaways property. However, the announcement did not state that the series would be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[34]

Taskmaster

Joe Carnahan signed on to direct an adaptation of Taskmaster in 2008. Carnahan said that the film would "literally build this character's origin" and that it would "commence with the events following Taskmaster's severe beat down at the hands of Moon Knight".[35]

The Hands of Shang-Chi

In 2001, Stephen Norrington announced that he had agreed to direct a film based on The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, a film adaptaion based on the Marvel character Shang-Chi. Norrington described the film as "a real honest-to-goodness martial arts film, rather than a film that simply has martial arts in it". In 2004, it was announced that Ang Lee had been brought on as producer. In 2005, it was announced that Stan Lee had agreed to executive produce the film for DreamWorks, with Yuen Woo-ping directing from a Bruce McKenna screenplay.[36] In 2005, Avi Arad stated that he thought that a PG-13 adaptation was possible.[37] In 2006, Ang Lee confirmed his and Yuen's continued involvement with the project.[36] However, no further developments have been announced to date.

The Incredible Hulk 2

A sequel to The Incredible Hulk has been in development since the film's release in 2008. Kevin Feige said that Hulk would return after The Avengers.[38] Tim Roth is contracted for three more films,[39] and Tim Blake Nelson is signed on to reprise Samuel Sterns, taking the form of the Leader, following some undue exposure to a sample of synthesized, gamma-irradiated blood.[40]

Louis Leterrier said that he was open to directing a sequel.[41] However, on April 12th, 2012, Kevin Feige confirmed that no sequel is currently in development, although he didn't rule out the possibility that a sequel might be developed in the future.[42] It was later announced that another Hulk film would be released in 2015 based on the success of the upcoming Hulk TV show; while this is likely a sequel to The Incredible Hulk, this was not specifically said so, and this could be interpreted as being a film relating to the TV show rather than the film series.[43]

Lou Ferrigno said in an interview posted May 2, 2014 that The Incredible Hulk 2 would take place after Avengers: Age of Ultron.[44]

On October 28, 2014, during a Question & Answer session at a Marvel live event, Kevin Feige stated that the Hulk will have a prominent role in many Phase Three movies, particularly the Avengers: Infinity War two-parter (with Mark Ruffalo already signed), but a solo film or sequel is not planned.[33]

In April 2015, Mark Ruffalo revealed the fact that Universal owns the film distribution rights to the Hulk and this may be an obstacle to releasing a future Hulk standalone film.[45]

Vision

In 2009, Marvel assembled a group of screenwriters to write film scripts for lesser-known characters such as Black Panther, Cable, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nighthawk and Vision.[14]

War Machine

In January 2011, Don Cheadle confirmed that a War Machine film is in development.[46]

Werewolf by Night

In 2004, Robert Nelson Jacobs was hired by Crystal Sky to write an adaptation of Werewolf by Night. The film was due to begin filming in 2005, but no further developments took place.[47]

Warriors Three

In 2011, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said about a Warriors Three film: “You never know. What's fun to me about the Warriors Three is that people seem to like them. People like the way that they were presented in this movie, and their main note might be, 'I want to see more of them.' I think that for ‘Thor 2,’ if we should be so lucky, that there's an opportunity for that. But you never know.”[48]

References

  1. 'Alien Legion' prepares for blast-off
  2. Kevin Feige On Black Widow's Role In THE AVENGERS 2 And An Eventual Solo Movie
  3. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dismisses solo female comic book films
  4. Game of Thrones Big-Battle Director Neil Marshall Either Wants to Direct a Black Widow Movie or Unleash Those Dragons
  5. FAN EXPO: MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: THE LEGENDARY STAN LEE
  6. BLACK WIDOW Movie: Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Feige Have Discussed a Series of Films
  7. Clark Gregg says it'd be "tragic" if Marvel doesn't make a Black Widow movie
  8. The Russo Brothers Would Be Interested In Doing A Black Widow Solo Movie
  9. Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
  10. Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
  11. Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
  12. COMIC-CON 2016: JOSS WHEDON WOULD DIRECT A BLACK WIDOW MOVIE IF MARVEL ASKED
  13. Marvel Regained Rights to Blade, Planning Film or TV Series
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Marvel’s hiring writers
  15. Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye, And Dr. Strange Movies Planned Post-'Avengers,' Says Kevin Feige
  16. 'Iron Man 4' release date, cast spoilers: Colin Farrell to replace Robert Downey Jr?
  17. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. HINTS HE'D BE OPEN TO IRON MAN 4
  18. 18.0 18.1 Marvel Studios Wants to Release Lower Budget Movies With Some of their Lesser Known Characters Like LUKE CAGE, KA-ZAR, and DAZZLER
  19. Marvel One-Shots: Might 'Agent Carter' clear way for Ms. Marvel, Loki, young Nick Fury, or Black Panther?
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Artisan deal a real Marvel
  21. Borys Kit on Twitter, 22 May 2014
  22. KEVIN FEIGE TALKS GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THE AVENGERS & THE SUB-MARINER
  23. JOE QUESADA SAYS MARVEL STUDIOS HAS THE RIGHTS TO NAMOR
  24. 'Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D' Screenwriter Describes 'Expensive' Jim Steranko-Influenced Film
  25. MARVEL MOVIES: THE NEXT WAVE
  26. Marvel's Runaways getting movie treatment
  27. Peter Sollett Will Handle The Runaways For Marvel
  28. Drew Pearce, No Heroics Writer, To Script Runaways Movie
  29. Runaways To Begin Filming in March 2011
  30. 'Runaways' Movie Casts Keke Palmer... But For Which Role?
  31. Rumor: Lucas Cruikshank Up For a Part in ‘Runaways’?
  32. Drew Pearce updates on Marvel's Runaways movie
  33. 33.0 33.1 Watch: All Of Your Marvel Phase 3 Questions Answered By Marvel Head Kevin Feige
  34. "Marvel's Runaways" Headed to Hulu
  35. Smokin' Joe Carnahan Takes on Marvel's Taskmaster
  36. 36.0 36.1 Ang Lee's Shang-Chi movie is back
  37. Future Shocks: What's Ahead For Avi Arad and his Marvel empire?
  38. No ‘Incredible Hulk 2′ Until After ‘The Avengers 2′
  39. Tim Roth is signed for more Hulk films; after all, the Abomination lived!
  40. Tim Blake Nelson Signed For More ‘Hulk’ Movies
  41. Louis Leterrier Would Do Hulk Sequel – More Likely To Happen Now?
  42. Kevin Feige Talks THOR 2, IRON MAN 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, the AVENGERS Sequel, 2014/2015 Releases, and More!
  43. Is Marvel Planning a Standalone Hulk Movie for 2015 After All?
  44. Lou Ferrigno Claims a New Hulk Film Will Follow ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
  45. Mark Ruffalo Reveals Universal Owns the Rights to Solo HULK Movies
  46. Don Cheadle Says 'War Machine' Movie Has A Writer, Won't Show Up In 'Avengers'
  47. Werewolf by Night Movie Update
  48. Will "Thor's" Success Spin-Off "The Warriors Three"?

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