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Stan Lee Says Doctor Strange and Black Panther Movies are in Development, But Can We Trust Him?


I would never presume to impugn the honor of the Generalissimo himself, but to be fair, the guy has a pretty well documented, and lauded, in fact, talent for bombast. And that’s part of the reason why we love him. I guess what I’m saying is: hey, I’d really like to believe that Marvel is prioritizing a movie with a person of color in the lead role, but I’d also like to not be disappointed.

It was just a few weeks ago that Disney announced the release dates for two as-yet-unannounced movies that will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 and 2017, and naturally, there’s a lot of speculation out there as to who those movies will focus on. Rumors about Doctor Strange’s entrance into the MCU have swirled for years, and while fan pressure to give one of Marvel’s prominent superheroes of African descent their own movie has also focused on street hero Luke Cage, the Black Panther remains the oldest black superhero at either Marvel or DC, predating the Falcon (who’ll be appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as DC’s Black Lightning and Green Lantern John Stewart.

It’s in that environment that MTV Geek asked Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee whether he ever expected to see the Silver Surfer get a starring film role. Lee’s answer was unusually expansive:

Well, let me put it to you this way: Back at Marvel, they are frantically looking for what is the next one they’re going to do. There is no way they won’t eventually do a Silver Surfer movie. It may not be for a few years because they’re thinking and working on Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything we have. And the fans seem to want all of them. But they’ll get around to a Silver Surfer feature because he’s a wonderful character.

Reports of Marvel having a script production machine that’s hard at work on various concepts to present to executives have never been confirmed to my satisfaction. However, when is is brought up, Doctor Strange and Black Panther are usually among the names of concepts that await greenlighting. A recent report added Blade, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, and the Runaways to that list. On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder about the extent of the access Lee’s has to information about the inner workings of Marvel Entertainment. He is, after all, a retired comics professional, and is no longer in charge of Marvel Comics properties. Surely they can’t be contacting him about his cameos this early?

(via MTV Geek.)

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  • http://arewerobots.libsyn.com/ DarthBetty

    Obligatory Djimon Hounsou suggestion.

  • totz the plaid

    I’m not sure we need another “Blade” movie. If they tied Guillermo del Toro’s first two Blade pics into the MCU somehow, I’d dig that, but those first two are great action-horror movies, and redoing something del Toro already did right seems foolhardy to me.

    I’d totally be behind Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage AND Iron Fist would be better than them separate, IMO), Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel, Silver Surfer, and the Runaways getting their own MCU entries, though!

  • totz the plaid

    I could definitely see him as T’Challa.

  • Anonymous

    The first Blade film was directed by Stephen Norrington, the guy who also directed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    And I’d like to see another Blade film simply because the last one was so effin’ bad.

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    I could definitely see him as T’Challa.

  • Anonymous

    I keep hoping against hope Black Panther is one of the movies announced at Comic Con this month. PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE.

    Or if not just please have him cameo in Avengers 2 if that’s in any way doable.

  • http://rightcrafttool.blogspot.com/ Sign Ahead

    I’ve heard rumors about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje too.

    Either one would make me very happy.

  • Anonymous

    Since his quote is buttressed by the notion of Marvel making a Silver Surfer movie when Fox still has the rights to him, I suggest taking his comments with the entire Wieliczka salt mine

    Also, Stan Lee is the only person that likes Silver Surfer.

  • Mark Brown

    . . . I like Silver Surfer

  • Thomas Hayes

    Well spotted. Got to give Norrington that credit. I love Blade so much and it’s a film at least partly, if not largely, responsible for the survival and rebirth of the superhero genre in film. This means I can forgive him for TLoEG in the same way I can forgive David S. Goyer for Blade Trinity.

  • Thomas Hayes

    I’ve wanted to see a Black Panther film ever since he appeared in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I don’t think we really need any more Blade though.

  • Anonymous

    Iron Fist really means Heroes for Hire which also means Luke Cage, right? right? please? It is ridiculous how much I want that movie.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else thinks Runaways should get the Agents of Shield treatment, and be a tv show set in the MCU? Not that it wouldn’t work as a movie, I just think it would be even better as a tv show.

  • totz the plaid

    I’d rather not see another Blade film BECAUSE Trinity was a piece of shit. Rebooting it would erase the two great ones and continuing it would mean acknowledging the utter dreck that was “Blade: Trinity”.

    The best thing to do is leave the franchise dead and let people remember the first two fondly while ignoring the third’s existence.

  • totz the plaid

    That would be awesome! I want “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” brought out of development hell and have Luke, Jess and Danny be badass on a weekly basis more, than I want a movie series, though.

  • totz the plaid

    Fox still has the rights, but that doesn’t mean they’ll have the rights forever. Stan the Man was talking years down the road here.

  • totz the plaid

    I should’ve checked my DVDs before giving del Toro the credit for both.

    Still, doing anything but leaving Blade alone would be a poor decision.

    Reboot him? The two great Blade films get the shaft.
    Revive the franchise? “Blade: Trinity” has to be acknowledged somehow. It should never be acknowledged as canon. It was utter shit.

    I say leave Blade be. They’ve got more than enough other awesome characters to add to the MCU that don’t already have great movies while Blade has two (albeit not in the MCU).

    - Dr. Strange
    - Black Panther
    - Daredevil [MCU-based reboot]
    - Heroes for Hire
    - Captain Marvel [Carol Danvers]
    - Silver Surfer [if/when Fox lets the rights lapse]
    - The Runaways
    - Hercules
    - She-Hulk
    - Cloak & Dagger
    - Moon Knight
    - Elektra [MCU-based reboot]
    - Defenders
    - Union Jack
    - Daughters of the Dragon
    - Man-Thing [MCU-based reboot]
    - Namor
    - Ka-Zar
    - Shang-Chi
    - Thunderbolts
    - Sleepwalker
    Etc,

    It’s a shame they don’t hold the rights to Spider-Man, X-Men, the Punisher or Fantastic Four (or even Ghost Rider) right now because that also prevents usage of a number of side-characters/teams like the Inhumans, Alpha Flight, Captain Britain (presumably), the aforementioned Silver Surfer, Deadpool, etc.

    Still, Disney and Marvel have a hell of a lot of the universe to work with, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do!

  • Anonymous

    In the Red Universe, that show already exists and is on its 8th season. Sigh.

  • totz the plaid

    “Red Universe”?

  • JH

    Oh god I know. How epic would that be?

  • Anonymous

    Letting Blade: Trinity define the legacy of the film franchise would be defeatist. Blade is a great character, and for that alone warrants another film. X-Men and Batman are just two examples of comic book franchises that were successfully rebooted after disappointing installments.

  • Anonymous

    Fringe reference.:) The show (well, the set designer) was always teasing viewers in the backgrounds they put together for the alternate universe (the red universe)- posters for the tenth season of a show canceled “over here” (blue universe), alternate casting versions of movies, etc. So there’s a little joke in some circles that anything you’d really like to see exists in the red universe.

  • Herostratus356

    I agree. I’d love to see a Runaways TV show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Sigh….Personally I can’t stand Black Panther myself. Alot of the built in premise grates on me to much >_>

    I would much rather see a film about Wasp, White Tiger or perhaps even a slapstick team up film of Amadeaus Cho and Hercules.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Personally im all for Ant-man. His presence lends itself more to the chances of a standalone Wasp movie since depending on which continuity their going by, he is the one who gives Wasp her size changing powers.

    I just hope they don’t decide one size changer is enough and use this as justification to skip Wasp >_>