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A Golden Age for Marvel Onscreen?

In the last few years we have seen Marvel Entertainment score a number of hits with its string of in-house movie productions. The pinnacle of this would have to undoubtedly be its most recent effort, the Avengers movie. (duh) However, for all the gleam and shine that Marvel’s success have already brought the company, I have a strong feeling that this is just the beginning and that the future could be much, much brighter.

We are just getting use to the idea that Marvel has a movie under its belt that ranks as one of the all-time highest grossing when news comes that so many more efforts are being planned and will be on the way soon. In the last few weeks, we have heard more confirmations that there will indeed be a future sequel to the first Captain America movie and apparently there are plans for a sequel to the last Incredible Hulk movie. Of course there is already a third Iron Man movie in production and on-going discussion for a new Black Panther movie sometime (just don’t know for sure when it will move to the next stage of pre-production). About a week ago we heard reports that Marvel was locking in it’s merchandising trademarks and copyrights to anything to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and then  few days later were told that Disney had gone as far as to attach a name to the project as screenwriter: Nicole Perlman, a graduate of Disney’s screenwriting program, has already turned in a preliminary script for the film. Disney has even gone as far as to give a tentative 2014 release date for the project!

After the very brief glimpse of Thanos at the end of the Avengers film, a movie about similar space-based characters would seem almost a natural tie-in to any future Avengers sequel involving Thanos. I just cannot wait to hear if the Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG for short) in the movie would be based off the more recent comic book incarnation or the original group that was first introduced to comic readers in 1969?

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BTW, did I forget to mention in all of this that there are reports that director Edgar Wright has just finished work on an Ant Man movie test reel? No kidding? And that the future ant-Man movie might be something more along the lines of an indy movie in its feel and scope?