Hello All. This is my first time posting on these forums, so I know how shady this may appear but I come with the best intentions. I've been interning at Marvel Entertainment in Manhattan and the place has been a goddamn gossip mill the past week. We have limited contact with the actual Marvel Studios but since the success of The Avengers, words have been spreading at a much more rapid pace. Granted, this could just be wishful thinking or even complete bullshit but I thought I might as well share some of the rumors, in case there is any truth to them.
- Marvel Studios plans to introduce new heroes in their upcoming slate of films as to gauge fan interest. Ant-Man will be given a solo film, with Edgar Wright planning to shoot a small scene as the post-credit bookend to Iron Man 3. Potential Names flying around the office from Wright's end have been Simon Pegg, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, with the studio also pondering Lee Pace, Vincent Kartheiser and Stephen Dorff. As for Janet Van Dyne a.k.a. WASP, the only people discussed so far have been Sara Paxton and Elisha Dushku.
- Shane Black is trying to bring back Kiss Kiss Bang Bang actor Val Kilmer to play Alphonso "Mac" MacKensie as a replacement for Phil Coulson. Right now, the main negotiation problem is scheduling but Black is hoping to work around it.
- Marvel is VERY interested in keeping Whedon attached as producer for their upcoming slate of films, so much so that I've heard alot about Whedon collaborator Drew Goddard being in talks to tackle the next Hulk film for second quarter 2015 leading up to The Avengers. If it comes to fruition, Marvel is interested in bringing back Tim Blake Nelson as The Leader.
- Doctor Stephen Strange will be a part of Thor 2, as a colleague of Jane Foster. His transformation into the Sorcerer Supreme will be paramount in the film's finale. Enchantress and Executioner will be main villains this time. The potential casting offers we have been hearing includes Milo Ventimiglia, Joaquin Phoenix and Joel Edgerton for Strange.
- Captain America 2 will also double as the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie. Marvel is interested in keeping Clark Gregg as the voice of a JARVIS-esque system for S.H.I.E.L.D., and is planning on bringing back Hayley Atwell as Sharon Carter. I've heard three rumors in terms of villain: The Punisher, Red Skull / Winter Soldier and Diamondback. No casting rumors as of yet, though I've heard it will feature much more of Black Widow / Hawkeye and there will be flashbacks.
- Marvel really wants an African-American Avenger for the next film, yet has not decided on either Black Panther or Luke Cage.
- Marvel wants to release The Avengers 2 around christmas 2015.