It’s Friday afternoon and another weekend is looming, so let’s send you out of the office with a bang: two new updates that should make Marvel movie fans very happy.
While there’s been all sorts of speculation that Iron Man 3 might be the end of the line for Robert Downey Jr. as he works to renew his deal with the comic book titans, Marvel boss Kevin Feige is assuring everyone who will listen that old Shellhead will play an important part in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 – which would seemingly indicate that he’s set on getting RDJ back for at least one more film.
Feige offered up the following observations on the future of the character in a chat with website SuperHero Hype:
“Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of Avengers 2 and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss [Whedon] is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, Avengers 2 being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man.
Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after Avengers 2, will it be a few years after Avengers 2? Who knows?”
Reading between the lines there, it seems as though Feige definitely wants the actor back for The Avengers 2. After that? Anything could happen. It seems as though Feige is at least comfortable with the idea of shelving the stand-alone Iron Man films for awhile if things don’t work out. We’ll be curious to see if he feels the same way after Iron Man 3’s opening weekend here in America. If the film does big business, Downey Jr. holds some pretty hefty leverage.
Of course, at least part of the reason Feige can live with the idea of shelving the individual Iron Man films for a while is because Marvel’s Phase Two docket is loaded with projects already, and now the studio could potentially expand that schedule even more with the return of several high profile characters to the fold.
Marvel’s confirmed that they’ve reacquired the rights to Daredevil, vampire-killer Blade, and Ghost Rider – meaning all three of these franchises could be looking at relaunches in the not-too-distant future.
This is huge news for Marvel, which sold away rights to some of its characters before they became major players in the movie business themselves – a move Marvel has come to regret as other studios now get to make movies about the X-Men and Spider-Man. While the return of these three characters isn’t as huge as regaining the rights to the aforementioned heroes, it still gives Marvel more options and opens the door for more crossovers.
Don’t start queuing up for tickets, though. Feige says "They all have potential, but we’re not going to say 'We got it back – make it.'"
Fortunately, Marvel has so many irons in the fire right now that it doesn't have to rush to do anything with these characters – but we can all breathe a sigh of relief because the Nic Cage Ghost Rider era has pretty much drawn to a close.
[via Cinemablend and EW]