Friday, November 2, 2012

Dr. Strange and Black Panther films are coming, according to Lord Stan Lee

Picture by DeviantArt user, YamaO
Two of the most popular 'second tier characters' in the Marvel universe are getting their own movies, sooner rather than later.  According to comic book legend, Stan Lee, a Dr. Strange film is confirmed, and Black Panther film is in development.

If you're not familiar with either character, don't worry, you're not alone.  They're not the most popular characters in the comic books, but they do have a following.  Regardless, the characters appear to be coming to the big screen.

Marvel is now in its second phase of films, following The Avengers.  It appears these two films would fit somewhere in Phase 3 of their films.  Also in Phase 3?  Ant-Man.  That movie will be directed by fan favorite, Edgar Wright.  Wright directed such hits as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Picture by DeviantArt user, Dave-Wilkins
Not to look too far into the future, but I THINK, Black Panther will fit somewhere into future Avengers films.  In various iterations, Black Panther actually assists The Avengers in their quest to save the world.  My first experience with the character is actually Marvel's animated film, Ultimate Avengers 2.  I never really read the comics.  But in the past few years, the character has picked up a serious following.  Actor Djimon Haounsou actually voices the character in an animated series; and has been rumored to play the character in a future live-action adaptation.  We'll see if that ever happens.  For now, it's pretty cool knowing we'll see more characters in the Marvel universe on the big screen.

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