Gotta Have More Comic-Con News: Burning Questions Left After Comic-Con 2014

I’m a greedy geek. I know. I get that. Why can’t I just be happy with what the studio gods have deemed worthy to leak to the lucky fangirls and boys in San Diego?! I’ve got a fever…and the only prescription is more Comic-Con news, specifically Comic-Con movie news. Here’s a rundown of the unanswered questions geeks around the world are still yearning for answers to placate our fan theory-addled minds.

Marvel

A lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe buzz prior to the Marvel Hall H presentation surrounded the casting of the eponymous hero of the upcoming Dr. Strange MCU Phase 3 movie. Longtime rumors of Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role were brought to a fever pitch during Comic-Con. After joking about playing “Nurse Normal” (Get it? Oh Cabbagepatch…), Cumberbatch confirmed that his current schedule precludes him from partaking in the role. He’s due to play Hamlet in London next summer. Most are taking the news as the final nail in the coffin for Cumberstrange. (Personally, I’m not too sure. I can feel the pull-and-tug between Cumberbatch and Marvel to finagle schedules to work.) So just who is Dr. Strange? Maybe Joaquin Phoenix? Color me intrigued! But by now I expected to be more than just intrigued by the possibilities.

Marvel announced the dates for its Phase 3 films through 2019. (I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow!) Besides Guardians of the Galaxy 2, no other films or characters were announced. How long do we have to wait for Black Panther and Captain Marvel? Fans and pundits alike have decided these are the most likely new superheroes to feature in their own films. What if we’re all wrong? Personally, if done correctly, I’d prefer to see a She-Hulk movie before a Captain Marvel movie. That’s because I think green lawyers are cool. Plus, MCU’s diversity issues are becoming more apparent, the longer and more successful the series continues. Speculation abounds when not much is confirmed.

DC

Warner Bros’ biggest Comic-Con property this year is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (That title! I love it because it’s so banal and bizarre at the same time.) Zack Snyder introduced the DC Trio together for the first time in public. A clip was shown. Wonder Woman was shown. And…that’s it.

What’s the movie actually about? How do Cavill, Gadot, and Affleck feel about playing their respective characters? What has the filming process been like so far? I didn’t expect them to answer fan questions, but they could have at least been allowed to open their mouths. Right? Right?! Right.

Just like the MCU master plan, the DC movie master plan is slowly materializing. Even more so than the MCU, the DC movie master plan is shrouded in mystery — or maybe not. Some confirmations would be nice.

Plus, what the hell does this mean?!

Star Wars

A still of a set. A group photo of actors in costume. Something! Anything! JJ Abrams tends to shy away from Comic-Con displays, favoring secrets and lies. Sorry, too harsh? Not a bit of news came out of the Disney/Lucasfilm camp on the new Star Wars trilogy or any of the announced spin-off films. If Gareth Edwards can confirm he’s making Godzilla 2 after his Star Wars spinoff, can’t we know what exactly that spinoff movie will be?

There’s only one question I want answered — what is the title of Episode VII? My suggestions include Attack of the Phantom Clones, A New Hope Strikes Back, and Revturn of the Jedith.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Daniel Radcliffe finally made his first Comic-Con experience, promoting the upcoming Horns. How amazing would it have been if he also introduced some news about Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them? Granted, the last thing he’d want to promote is another Harry Potter film series but hey the fans would’ve loved it! Speaking of, it’s only a matter of time until JK Rowling makes the trek to San Diego…I already feel sorry for the people of San Diego when (not if) that happens.

What unresolved questions/feelings/FEELS do you have after the dust of Comic-Con has settled?

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Gotta Have More Comic-Con News: Burning Questions Left After Comic-Con 2014

Marvel Movie Predictions

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues like the juggernaut it is (pun intended for those comic book savvy fans). With Kevin Feige’s announcement earlier this month that Marvel has movies planned through 2028, I’ve wondered what new heroes Marvel could introduce to keep its movies interesting and expand the universe.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Ant-Man” and likely a film version of Doctor Strange are all new movie franchises that Marvel is tapping, but they’re going to need more if they are going to fill 14 years worth of movies with something other than sequels. Plenty have voiced their desire for certain franchises, but I’m more interested in figuring out which franchises are most likely to be made.

Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel

Ms. Marvel

She can fly, has super strength, is impervious to most physical damage and at one point in time could tap into the powers of a “white hole” (the opposite of a black hole). For all intents and purposes, she has powers akin to DC’s Superman – minus the lasers, X-ray vision and cape. More importantly, she’s a female superhero – something that Marvel movies have sadly lacked.

Yes, I know Scarlett Johansson has played Black Widow in three Marvel movies and has done a wonderful job in my opinion, but she’s always taken a back seat, playing a secondary character instead of the central protagonist. And you better believe I’m going to ignore the “Elektra” movie altogether.

Ms. Marvel, whose powers she got from a freak accident with an alien device, has the most potential to claim the title of being the first major female superhero with her own film franchise in the MCU.

Black Panther

Black Panther

There are two Batman-type characters in the Marvel Universe. The first is Iron Man: he’s rich, a genius and a self-made hero. The second, Black Panther, is perhaps not as well known, but probably has more in common with Batman than the former. He dresses all in black, takes after a predatory animal, has an insane amount of money, can go toe-to-toe with some of the most overpowered heroes in the Marvel Universe and he makes most of his own tools and weapons.

He has no relation to the Civil Rights movement, but he does bear the mantel of being the first black superhero in comic books.

Oh yeah, and did I mention he’s a king?! Albeit the king of a fictional African nation, but how cool is that?

Fans have been calling for a solo Black Panther movie for years now, and there were rumblings for a while that Wesley Snipes was set to play the titular hero, although nothing was ever set in stone. Chances that if Marvel has movies planned till 2028, we’re bound to see the king of Wakanda in the next decade or so.

Inhumans

Inhumans

Since Marvel doesn’t own the rights to make X-Men movies, the Inhumans should be the next place producers look to for super powered people. A race of superhumans that live on the moon, the Inhumans remained hidden from the people of earth for a long time. Tensions ensued when humanity finally discovered the Inhumans and realized that a superior race lived a relatively short distance from the planet.

With the numerous characters and story arcs within the Inhumans comics, Marvel would be foolish not to see this as a possible new movie franchise within the MCU that could last for years without getting old.

Blade

Blade

Vampires are still cool, right? OK, maybe they’ve taken a bit of a hit since teenage girls decided to plant their pop culture flag on them, but I’m still a believer that the vampire image can be redeemed. And who better to do that than the man who hunts them as a past-time?

Blade is half man and half vampire, which means he gets most of the cool perks of vampirism with only one of the cons (he has an appetite for human blood that he has to control). And no, he isn’t the offspring of some weird teenager/vampire romance; rather his mother was attacked and bitten during the last few weeks of her pregnancy.

While a trilogy of movies based on the character already exists, a reboot could introduce viewers to the supernatural side of the MCU – minus any unnecessary romances. However, of all the movies on this list, Blade is probably the least likely to be made given that the material is inherently darker and more violent than any other movie in the current MCU.

(To avoid any SPOILERS for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” stop reading here. You’ve been warned!)

The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier made for a terrifying villain in the new “Captain America” movie, although I would argue that he didn’t get nearly as much screen time as he deserved. Revealed to be the presumed dead friend of Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes resembled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator with his cold and calculating assassinations and unstoppable nature. The fact that he was able to take on both Captain America and Black Widow singlehandedly and hold his own should tell you something about him.

With the fact that he started to overcome the brainwashing that made him into an assassin at the end of the movie, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel did what James Cameron did with the Terminator and cast him as the protagonist in his own film. I’ve also theorized (as have many other people on the Internet) that he could probably take up the Captain America mantel when Chris Evans decides he no longer wants to play the character anymore.

Marvel Movie Predictions