After the breakout success of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ this weekend, Bob Iger has announced the beginning of phase 2 of Marvel’s film development. We’ve known for some time that some of our favorite heroes were on the way to getting sequels, including ‘Iron Man 3’ being directed by Shane Black, ‘Thor 2’ being directed by directed by Alan Taylor, and ‘Captain America 2’, which doesn’t have a director yet. On top of that, there is still ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘The Runaways’, and ‘The Inhumans’ in the work. But the most exciting thing is Iger is already looking to gear up a potential sequel to ‘The Avengers!’
Iger had this to say regarding the future of the Marvel films:
“The Avengers isn’t just a film. It’s a franchise from our perspective. Obviously, it was helped a lot by the success of the ‘Iron Man’ movies and of ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’. From ‘The Avengers’ we get a chance to make ‘Thor 2’ and ‘Captain America 2’ and ‘Iron Man 3’ and hopefully another ‘Avengers’ movie. So this one film that is immensely successful… is going to get a number of other films and franchises.”
He then went on to say:
“We have an ability to leverage what was a very fun film done by a great group of filmmakers into something much bigger for the company, and the effect will be prolonged and that’s very, very exciting for us.”
So what do you guys have to say about this? I’ve loved all six of Marvel studios films so far, and I can’t wait to see where they go next. What are you most looking forward to seeing next? And are there any Marvel characters you hope they’ll be adapting to the big screen? Let me know in the comments below!