|Guardians of the Galaxy, slated for an August 1, 2014 release date, concept art.|
The image above is for a new movie series based off of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a more cosmic take on the Marvel Universe. This is honestly a huge risk for Marvel, simply because most of the success from recent comic adaptions to film have been because they have been solidly grounded to reality, yet when you have two alien assassins on the team, a giant treant like creature who only knows three words and a gun-crazy talking raccoon all lead by a single human... it seems a bit out there. However, with all that on the table, I am thrilled to see where Marvel is going to take this. This is a studio that could pretty much get away with anything after the success of The Avengers so to see them take a risk like this has colored me interested.
|The Mark VIII armor for Iron Man 3|
Marvel is also continuing the Thor and Captain America line of movies as well, and they are making a very smart decision with them as well. They are ditching the numbering scheme for sequels. Because there are no numbers attached to the titles of the film I feel that this will give the creative teams more freedom to tell the story they envision. This also presents a mess for continuity, because with the subtitle naming style they aren't restricted to having the films take place in sequential order continuity wise. While I typically adhere to rules that will keep the continuity firm and in place, this allows the films to go in a ton of different directions, even after the torch is passed from one lead actor to another. I envision this as a way to step into Bond like territory where you are still telling a James Bond story, but you have a different lead playing Bond every four or so movies. This is an increased concern of mine with Robert Downey Jr., simply because I want him in a Civil War movie before he decides to pass on the mantle of the Iron Avenger.
|Logo of the new title for Captain America 2|
|Logo of the new title for Thor 2|
|Comic-Con 2012 poster for The Man|
I would really like to see every single one of these films succeed, particularly Man of Steel and Guardians of the Galaxy, because honestly the more comic book movies that get made, be them DC or Marvel properties, there is only one true winner, and that is us: the fans.
*I don't consider Lord of the Rings a trilogy, simply because the Hobbit should be included as well.