Movies based on Marvel characters have been comparatively successful of late – compared to a diamond mine, that is. The strategy from Marvel, to form its own Entertainment division and work with Disney to create a universe rather than just a film, is paying off in a major, major way. And it’s not just Marvel Studios that is reaping the benefits, but all Marvel properties.
Sony continues to churn out Spider-Man movies, while Fox holds on to the rights of several Marvel characters, most notably the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Regardless of the studio behind it, Marvel characters are hot in films right now. We’ve accumulated all the news and rumors of the upcoming Marvel characters for you to sort through. Check back often, as we will continue to update this page.
This article will contain minor spoilers, so if you are hoping to remain completely in the dark, this might not be the page for you. Otherwise, just choose from one of the upcoming films below or take look at all the upcoming DC films, both rumored and confirmed.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2, 2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and related projects (TBA) NEW!
Doctor Strange (TBA) NEW!
Updated on 4-07-2014 by Ryan Fleming: Added new sections on the upcoming Spider Man films, Captain America 3, and Doctor Strange, as well as more detailed info on Marvel’s TV projects, and the latest news for each movie.
(Any updates or additional news will be posted with the date of the update next to them.)
Films with Marvel Characters Being Developed Outside of Marvel Studios
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2, 2014)
Filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 completed long ago, and the movie is nearing release. There is still a lot we don’t know yet, but all rumors will be confirmed soon enough. What we do know is that the film pits Peter Parker, aka Spidery, against a trio of enemies: Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin. Of the three, Electro is said to be the primary antagonist though, with the Rhino in little more than a bit role and the Green Goblin working with Electro in some fashion. Andrew Garfield reprises his role as Parker, while Emma Stone once again plays his love interest Gwen Stacey. Marc Webb returns to direct.
The images and trailers confirm that the film’s Electro will be modeled on the Ultimate Electro, who rather than wearing a gaudy yellow costume is instead himself electric blue. Leaked images also confirm that the story will be set around the time of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey’s high school graduation. We also know that the film’s version of the Green Goblin will be Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), rather than his father Norman (Chris Cooper) as is traditional, who looks to be deathly ill. Based on some hints in the trailer though, the elder Osborn will be pulling many of the strings throughout. BJ Novak will also appear as Alistair Smythe, who in the comics goes on to become the villain, the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.
- Shailene Woodley was set to appear as Mary Jane in the film, but her role has been cut and pushed to the third and fourth films, presumably due to pacing issues. There are rumors that the role may be recast as well.
- Actress Felicity Jones has been cast in an unknown role, but she stated that she is playing the “Goblin’s girlfriend – I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice.” If the film follows the source material, that could make her Harry Osborn’s girlfriend, Lily Hollister. In the comics, Hollister stumbles upon Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin gear (along with his super strength serum) and becomes the villain Menace. [7/17/13].
- Giamatti will only be in a few scenes, and Webb has called it “a little bit of a tease.” [7/22/13] [7/23/13]
- Harry Osborne and Peter Parker are childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in years. Harry has been at a private boarding school called Ravencroft – in the comics, the Ravencroft Institute is a maximum security prison for the criminally insane. [7/22/13]
- Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) will be sick throughout the movie, building on the story started in the first film that will likely continue on through the sequels. [7/22/13]
- Jamie Foxx has confirmed that there has been discussion about the possibility of bringing the Sinister Six to the big screen. [9/13/13]
- In the film’s Tumblr feed, a faux news article was posted that may hint at future developments. In it, the name Spencer Smythe was mentioned as the head of Oscorp’s engineering division, which is currently working on a flight harness and various robotics projects. That flight harness is likely going to end up as the Green Goblin’s glider, while the robotics could become “Spider Slayers,” robots that in the comics Spencer Smythe created to destroy Spider-Man. [10/14/13]
- The first full trailer has arrived. [12/6/13]
- The international trailer shows that the film will have a lighter side, and Peter Parker cracks jokes, just like in the comics. [12/13/13]
- Sony is in the very early stages of developing two Amazing Spider-Man spin-off films, one featuring Venom and another starring the Sinister Six. [12/13/13]
- Colm Feore will appear as Donald Menken, who in the comics is a personal assistant to Norman Osborn. The character of Menken may be the mysterious person that appears at the end of the first film representing Oscorp. [1/17/14]
- A new article on the film’s faux-Daily Bugle Tumblr site has posted a story introducing geneticist Miles Warren. this may simply be color to expand the Spider-Man universe in the yes of its fans, or it may be the first step towards something more. In the comics, Warren became the Jackal. After falling in love with Gwen Stacey, he cloned her and then Peter Parker, leading to a story arc known as “The Clone Saga.” [1/17/14]
- A closer look at DeHaan as the Goblin has been released (on the right). The image clearly shows that the transformation is at least partially physical. If you look closely, you can also see the Oscorp logo on the suit he wears. [3/26/14]
- Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal announced that the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will set-up some of the characters that will make up the Sinister Six. [3/26/14]
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (June 10, 2016)
There isn’t much to say about The Amazing Spider-Man 3 just yet, but Sony has confirmed that it is moving ahead with a third, and potentially a fourth film. Barring a shockingly disastrous outing from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the third offering is a lock. A fourth is almost a certainly as well, but in the unlikely event of two Spidey box office bombs in a row, Sony would probably cancel – or at least severely alter – a fourth. Based on the hype alone though, both films should do at least alright if not be outright hits.
Director Marc Webb has announced that he will return to direct the third film. He won’t helm a fourth, but he will remain attached in a different capacity, most likely as an executive producer. No news on the story yet, but it’s a safe bet that it will continue Spider-Man’s ongoing conflict with Oscorp.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is tentatively set to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.
- It may be that the story director Marc Webb and Sony initially envisioned warranted four movies, but the sequel announcements may also have something to do with ensuring that the rights to the character stick with Sony for a while to come. If Sony does not develop a film based on the property for a set (and unknown) period of time, the rights revert back to Marvel.
- Webb has hinted that the fourth Spider-Man movie could feature multiple superheroes and be a team-up film. Sony owns the rights to all characters that primarily appear in the Spider-Man comics, so there are a lot of possibilities to introduce lesser known secondary heroes.
- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner, screenwriters of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, have been brought back to begin work on the script for the third film.
Sony has yet to officially confirm that Venom will be released in 2017, but it has stated that it intends to release a Spider-Man related film every year, following The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016. That leaves 2017 and 2019 for spin-off films, as The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will fill the 2018 gap. Of the two confirmed spin-offs - Venom and The Sinister Six - Venom is further ahead in the development process. Sony hired the writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci to write the script with Ed Soloman, and Kurtzman is also set to direct.
The Sinister Six (TBA)
The next spin-off movie on the way will be a supervillain team-up featuring several of Spider-Man’s deadliest foes. Sony has yet to say exactly who will make up the team’s roster, although Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal hinted that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will give us a few clues. Drew Goddard is set to write and direct the film.
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