Stan Lee’s a bit of a shameless promoter, isn’t he? I love that dashing geek god as much as the next Dorito Taco devouring fanboy, but his incessant shilling is exhausting… and kinda cringe worthy. Still, he’s one of the most important comic creators in the world (along with his colleagues Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and a horde of other talented artists), and he’s the only one of them who’s involved himself with the current evolution of superheroes into silver screen franchises. Now, that doesn’t mean that Stan Lee possesses the same clout as someone like Marvel Studios co-president Kevin Feige (a different geek god… this one’s got red hair and a smile that could melt a frost giant), but he’s kept in the “loop” so to speak.
Unfortunately for the big wigs at Marvel, Stan Lee spills the beans… a lot. In this recent case, the Lee-meister’s revealed the House of Ideas yet-to-be revealed slate of Phase 3 movies.
In regards to flicks currently in production or nearing production, Stan Lee said:
They are going to do the Black Panther. They are going to use Doctor Strange. They are going to do Ant-Man. They are going to do the Guardians of the Galaxy. And they’ll probably do the Inhumans.
And he had some interesting news to share regarding Black Widow. I’ve never really thought the Russian spy could lead a film all on her lonesome, but apparently Marvel’s tossing around that idea. Stan Lee said:
Well probably at one time they’ll make a movie of the Black Widow. The thing is woman like these movies as much as the guys, so we don’t have to knock ourselves out to find a female.
Hmmm… I love this list of flicks, but I’d like to make a single suggestion: Captain Marvel. Not the Kree soldier version, but Carol Danvers instead. Whether as Ms. Marvel or the aforementioned military one, I’d always considered Danvers one of the most interesting characters in Marvel’s arsenal, and she’d be a perfect addition to Whedon’s light hearted Avengers universe.