Phase II for Marvel Entertainment is done and, boy, was it a wild ride. It had its ups and downs but definitely ended on a high note that was The Avengers. But, that isn’t all from Marvel Entertainment. Far from it. Starting before The Avengers even hit the billion dollar mark, the people at Marvel we already onto the second phase of their cinematic dominance. Not only are Iron Man 3, Thor 2: The Dark World, Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and Avengers 2 all being slated to release in the next three years, there are other plans, grander plans, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During San Diego Comic Con, it was revealed that Marvel plans to move its movie universe, well…out into the universe. Well, Galaxy, I should say. Guardians of the Galaxy was announced to be in development and is set to be released after the sequel to Captain America.
But there is now some news on the screen writing front with this new movie. Mild Spoilers Below
According to Comics Alliance, Marvel had hired a relatively new screen writer to do a re-write for the Guardians of the Galaxy script. Chris McCoy has apparently created some pretty great work, yet none of which has been actually produced. Nor can you find him on IMDB; that is just how new this writer is. Yet, they have chosen him to take a look at Nicole Perlman’s current screenplay, and re-write it for the studio. The Guardians of the Galaxy is set to take its source from the current incarnation of the comic book, which features Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and the Living Tree Groot, who will face off against Thanos, who was featured in one of the end credits scenes of The Avengers. All in all, it should be interesting to see how Marvel moves into the farther reaches of the Galaxy.
There is another piece of news about Phase II of the Marvel cinematic universe which should be taken with a grain of salt. According to different sources, Fox and Marvel are in negotiations that should benefit both of the studios. Problem is, the reports from these different sources are conflicting to say the least.
According to Variety, Fox is trying to secure a deal with Marvel that would give them a bit more time in producing their Daredevil reboot, which is said to be a dark, noire-like tale that is akin to Frank Miller‘s take on the character. The deal would give Fox the time they need to get their reboot off the ground (if the deal doesn’t go through, the Daredevil reboot would have to start production by October 10th), and would see Marvel get a few characters back in their rosters, including Galactus, Silver Surfer and Uatu the Watcher.
However, Deadline has reported that this IS NOT the case with Fox and Marvel. They have stated that Fox is in no hurry to give up the rights to Galactus, a major villain to the Fantastic Four, who is still a property owned by Fox. They have also gone as far as stating that Fox is lukewarm on the new iteration of Daredevil, and are just considering letting the rights to that character revert back to Marvel. That is, of course, if Marvel is interested in co-financing the project.
To be honest, this all seems like a hot mess. No one can really know for sure what Marvel OR Fox is interested in doing. This very well could be true, and there may be a deal being struck between the two studios as we speak. But until Fox or Marvel officially announces something, this can be seen as just rumor and speculation.
I would love to see Daredevil revert back to Marvel, because they would give the character the proper treatment. I never liked the Fox version of the character, but maybe this new version, which is supposedly being directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), will be better than their previous efforts.
What do you think? Are you happy if this deal goes down? Are you excited to see the Guardians of the Galaxy? Let us know in the comments below!!