Stan Lee Spills on the Next Big Marvel Movie

Does Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) failure to talk much about new additions to its Marvel movie slate at San Diego Comic-Con last month mean the studio is having trouble identifying new projects? Hardly, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers.

In a June appearance at Wizard World Comic Con in New York City, Stan Lee revealed that Marvel is working on a film starring the Black Panther. He also confirmed plans for a film starring Doctor Strange. Officially, Marvel's movie slate includes three untitled productions -- two for 2016 and another for May 2017. If Lee is right, and Tim sees no reason to doubt him, two of those properties are spoken for.

Putting the Black Panther on the big screen has potential, Tim says in the following video. But it also carries risks. Unlike Iron Man, which benefited not only from Robert Downey Jr.'s star power but also the character's long and successful run in the comics, the Panther has a scattered publishing history and only brief appearances in other media -- notably, a 2010 cartoon airing on BET television in the United States and ABC3 in Australia.

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) subsidiary DC Comics, too, is hedging its bets by developing TV and film projects for the Flash, a second-tier but still very well-known character with a history in other media. Black Panther is a third-tier Marvel property by comparison.

So why take the risk? Because Marvel and Disney need to develop more characters, and if done well, few are as likely to be as interesting as Black Panther, Tim argues. Stan seems to agree. Do you? Leave a comment to let us know what Marvel movie you're most looking forward to.

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  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 4:02 PM, jimdinobat wrote:

    I'm not going to totally disagree with what you're saying. But there is ALWAYS a BIG BUTT. Iron Man was considered, by the media a third tier character, Robert Downey Jr s career was in the toilet. The "Media" is forgetting that these movies are more about the old B&W serials than anything else. Star Wars is Flash Gordon, Captain America ?....well is Captain America, Batman is Batman....ALL appears in serials before they started making serial movies. There are over 3,000 major characters in the marvel universe alone. They haven't even touched Namor. Inhumans .Captain Marvel, The Marvel Monsters; Tomb of Dracula Werewolf by Night Man-Thing, .....they can mine this 'Comic Book' into movie thing gold for centuries. It's not new it's as old as movies themselves.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 5:36 PM, hmsthehood wrote:

    I hate to say it.

    But when ever I heard Disney is going to do the Black Panther character in a movie I have flashes of Billy Zane in the Phantom.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 5:50 PM, cinemafan88 wrote:

    To jimdinobat: Lionsgate made a Man-Thing movie which went direct to video. Avoid it at all costs because it was terrible.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 6:06 PM, Madmorgan47 wrote:

    Stan

    start using more of the Jack Kirby Characters!

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 6:15 PM, MarvelMerlin wrote:

    Can anyone say "Secret Wars"...Please please give me Secret Wars!!!!

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 7:14 PM, TheOldSalt wrote:

    Enough with The Avengers already. Where are the Fantastic Four?

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 7:37 PM, MikeD7234 wrote:

    Sub-Mariner is really Marvel's best option but it is costly to produce. Silver Surfer could be a smash hit. I really like the idea of an Ant-Man movie. Black Panther and Doctor Strange are both great characters and could be as popular as Iron Man. I think a Werewolf by Night and Master of Kung Fu could be very successful but since they are tapping into "genres" they would need to distinguish themselves as unique. All of the other projects seem good. Maybe Werewolf by Night would need a "team up" with an appearance by Blade. Or make a new Blade movie and introduce Werewolf by Night with a strong teenage actor. A new Howard the Duck with foul language could be developed for cable TV. Of course maybe another Fantastic Four sequel may seem not necessary however if it was a mission in deep space and really kicked you know what... then that is what fans would like. The first two Fantastic Four films were aimed at kids, so if the next one would really aim more at tweens to adults it could be awesome.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 7:49 PM, Thisdudeii wrote:

    Um, I disagree with the labeling of Black Panther as a third tier character. He is a fan favorite, once beat the bejeezits out of......well......everyone. He isn't exactly the Marvel Batman, but if Marvel needed someone that could beat Batman right now, with no superpower......it would be T'Challa.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 7:51 PM, Goodie128 wrote:

    Keanu Reeves would be a great Dr.Strange,and It's a toss up for Black Panther between Hounsou and Alba.As for me I would like to see She Hulk and Namor.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 8:04 PM, ultimateclimber wrote:

    Moon Knight, it's so obvious it should be tattooed on someone's forehead. That or a Flash Thompson venom or Eddie Brock venom movie, that would be two really solid options.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 8:10 PM, MikeD7234 wrote:

    Another way to go would be to feature a villain such as Galactus, Magneto, Doctor Doom or the Watcher and simply choose a hero to fight them. Also, I always thought the Inhumans were a cool team. Albeit a copy of the X-Men if you read the comic each character is cool. And by the way it IS COOL that characters like Captain America and Iron Man made it to the large screen. I must admit that my concept of NIck Fury was more like Dolph Lundgren with an eye patch but Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors so he brings more of a swagger to the character and attitude. I was really disappointed by Daredevil, Elektra, Ghost Rider and the final Blade with Wesley Snipes. In Blade Trinity the other two characters gave the Blade character only a cameo status and ruined the film.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 8:18 PM, arieslady1956 wrote:

    I would LOVE to see a Black Panther movie...with Idris Elba as T'Challa.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 8:46 PM, malicexx wrote:

    i think another solid option for a good movie would be cloak and dagger. i think that alot of main stream people dont know about them but they would make a great movie. if done right could transfer into sequels like iron man has become with the right actor and actress for the characters.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 8:51 PM, tweeter31469 wrote:

    No offense, but I can't believe someone suggested Keanu Reeves for a Marvel movie.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:14 PM, terrancemac3 wrote:

    Idris Elba is to old to play the Black Pather...although he could play the father who was the original Black Pather, and in death the young prince T'Challa takes the mantle. My choice to play T'Challa would be Robbie Jones. Great looks and body for role.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:15 PM, normgarry wrote:

    The "SUPERHERO" movie is the penultimate resting place of an imagination-less, idea-less Hollywood interested in retreading anything they possibly can to make a quick dime. MAN OF STEEL was whack and so was THE WOLVERINE.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:29 PM, jjordan627 wrote:

    The only logical actor to play The Black Panther would be Michael Jai White that played "SPAWN" hands down no question

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:38 PM, neamakri wrote:

    Doctor Strange was always my favorite. And, his genre just begs for superb special effects, which are now available. Since he battles villains in other mystic dimensions, the stories are unlimited.

    A couple of years ago they put out a cheap cartoon Doctor Strange. It was embarrassing.

    Please, do Doctor Strange! If done properly there are multiple sequels possible.

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:41 PM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    hmmmm, I'm shocked. I thought it would have been Gazoo from the Flintstones.

    jussayin-

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 9:52 PM, Glock20Hunter wrote:

    Frankly I find a superhero or villain with the name black panther very offensive.What's next? K. Kaptain Klansman? Maybe Hitlerman? Or Captain Hateman?

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2013, at 11:50 PM, jc91755 wrote:

    Well, the Black Panther wasn't really successful much with the fans when he had his own series. And he doesn't really have any great/special powers to really wow or grab new fans.

    On the other hand, Doctor Strange really had some great concepts, powers & villains to play around with. I really enjoys his movie back in the 1970s.

    Instead of introducing new characters, Marvel should revamp some of their bread & butter characters that made them who they are. Like Hulk, Daredevil, Elecktra, Punisher & specially the Fantasic Four. Damn, when are they going to get that right? :0(

    Oh, in the future, when you guys get actors for Asian Characters such as the Mandarin and maybe Shang-Chi, please use Asian actors as they were originally portrayed. It feels like all that work Bruce Lee did was in vain.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:25 AM, Akeeda wrote:

    I think that Black Panther would be a great stand alone movie that could tie into any Avengers project. In order for it to be a success it needs a really strong lead actor... Chiwetel Ejiofor has not only the look and sound of the Black Panther, but also has the acting chops to give the character real depth. Djimon Hounsou Would be my second choice.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:30 AM, Shawn968 wrote:

    glockhunter,

    I suppose if someone called a pen that has black in a "black pen" it would be offensive to you. It's a name get over it. Curious to see what continues to happen with the superhero genre.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:46 AM, delfra wrote:

    I agree with Stan & Tim that it's time for a Black Panther film to make it to the big screen. Is there a risk yes, but sometimes you have to do that. In Marvel's case you can't keep using the exact same heroes over and over, that will eventually get played out and people will tire of it, i think we all know that. Like i was saying there is a risk on this film, but the reward and potential is much bigger. And now that Marvel Studios has become an absolute powerhouse backed by Disney, they can afford to take some chances. Hell if Disney can put 200-250 million behind films like "John Carter" & "The Lone Ranger", they should certainly be able to back up putting a 150-200 million budget behind Black Panther, which i have no doubt can be a big hit. Something that would be a plus for a BP film is a stellar cast, like Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox, Chiwetel Ojifor, Taraji P Henson, Wesley Snipes, etc, if they can get some star actors like that in supporting roles and perhaps someone like Chadwick Boseman in the lead of T'Challa, that would connect it to the general audience even more. Plus BP being an Avenger and his connection to them certainly will help as well. And for anyone who dares to be foolish enough to question rather Marvel could get big established black actors/actresses in supporting roles for this film i have a few names for you, Hopkins, Redford, Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Sam L Jackson, Portman, Paltrow, William Hurt, Glenn Close, etc.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:58 AM, BlackHulk wrote:

    I would love for Black Panther to be made into a movie with a decent budget. I think for it to be financially successful, the villian in the movie would have to be an A list actor. I think that Leo DiCaprio would be a good fit for Ulysses Klaw while Chiwetel Ejiofor or David Oyelowo as Black Panther.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:58 AM, dsaved01 wrote:

    Glockhunter, The character The Black Panther predates the organization you are thinking of. He was created in 1966 and mot probably named after the segregated WW2 unit The Black Panthers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_(comics)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/761st_Tank_Battalion_(United_St...

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 1:30 AM, Goodcallamigo wrote:

    what no news on the White Klansman marvel movie jk jk

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 1:48 AM, ouroboris wrote:

    They'll probably get Ryan Reynolds or John Cho to play the part...

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 2:35 AM, Shadowblaze wrote:

    His reasoning that the Black Panther doesn't have a "major following" is deeply flawed. Did Blade, Punisher, Elektra, Ghost Rider have "major followers", compared with the Black Panther? Ridiculous. No slam on either of those movies (loved Blade, thought Elektra was a dud), but there is no reason why excellent writers and actors couldn't pull this off. This character is rich in history and material, and is a perfect compliment to the Marvel chapters already made on screen. Oh, actor I'd pick for this role? Isaiah Mustafa, the "Old Spice" commercial guy. Think about it.

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 6:09 AM, JayBot wrote:

    The movies have to make sense, and make it in the space of 120 minutes or less. I would like to see the Daredevil come back, and yes...can you please get the Fantastic Four right.

    The Silver Surfer is my all time favorite hero, but he is a philosopher and that might not lend itself well to a role as a leading character.

    Here is the thing for Marvel...with the introduction of Thanos at the end of the Avengers it makes the most sense to introduce Marvel Comics - Captain Mar-Vel, this would take the Marvel universe into deep space, lets get the Kree, the Skrulls and the Shi' ar empires involved.

    One last thing...do we have to keep seeing the same story over and over again, does every reboot have to begin with a retelling of the origin story?

    And one other last thing...Power Man and Iron Fist, nuff said

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 7:09 AM, mellekor wrote:

    hmm and i was hoping it was deadpool

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 9:29 AM, proteous51501 wrote:

    black panther,great only one guy can play him;michael jai white,disney hurry and sign him up!!!

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 10:28 AM, alockett wrote:

    Michael Jai White is hands down the best candidate to play the black panther!

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:03 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    All,

    Thanks for the comments! Enjoyable, as usual.

    To answer those who might be interesting is seeing the FF or Deadpool in a film, note that Fox owns the rights to the FF and X-Men "families" of characters, though Marvel and Disney apparently have some room to maneuver. More:

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/08/04/1-surprisin...

    Fox's FF reboot is due in March 2015. Josh Trank will direct: http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=fantasticfour15.htm

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:07 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @alockett,

    >>Michael Jai White is hands down the best candidate to play the black panther!

    Agreed that he would be an excellent choice. Interestingly, DC and the writers and producers of "Arrow" have secured his services to play Bronze Tiger in that show, perhaps as a precursor to introducing the Suicide Squad:

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/28/how-arrow-j...

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:10 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @JayBot,

    >>Here is the thing for Marvel...with the introduction of Thanos at the end of the Avengers it makes the most sense to introduce Marvel Comics - Captain Mar-Vel, this would take the Marvel universe into deep space, lets get the Kree, the Skrulls and the Shi' ar empires involved.

    Agreed, which is what makes next year's Guardians of the Galaxy -- which will explore the more cosmic aspects of the Marvel Universe -- a far more interesting project than most seem to understand. (Take note, investors!)

    Thanks for writing and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:26 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @Shadowblaze,

    >>His reasoning that the Black Panther doesn't have a "major following" is deeply flawed. Did Blade, Punisher, Elektra, Ghost Rider have "major followers", compared with the Black Panther? Ridiculous.

    Fair enough. Let me put the argument in context: Both The Punisher and Ghost Rider had long-standing series of their own before their stories were adapted for the screen.

    Black Panther is a great character, no doubt, but comics shops haven't had an easy time selling T'Challa in years past.

    According to ComicsPriceGuide.com, there have been five volumes of BP comics, with the longest run lasting five years (1998-2003) and 62 issues.

    By contrast, The Punisher has sold millions of comics while Ghost Rider sustained a 10-year (1973 to 1983) 81-issue run and an 8-year (1990-1998) 94-issue run.

    Much as I believe there's huge potential for a Black Panther film it would be small-f foolish to fail to acknowledge the risks.

    FWIW and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:29 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @neamakri,

    >>Doctor Strange was always my favorite. And, his genre just begs for superb special effects, which are now available. Since he battles villains in other mystic dimensions, the stories are unlimited.

    One of my best friends agrees with you. He still has a full run of Doc Strange comics from the 1970s.

    Thanks for writing and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:31 AM, LogansMommy1 wrote:

    Black Panther COULD be good..but when the heck do they do MS. Marvel? Think of her character and how she came to be and how many she is tied too..could be epic if done well. But who the heck could pull her off?? THoughts?

  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:33 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @normgarry,

    >>The "SUPERHERO" movie is the penultimate resting place of an imagination-less, idea-less Hollywood interested in retreading anything they possibly can to make a quick dime. MAN OF STEEL was whack and so was THE WOLVERINE.

    While I'd agree that superhero flicks are tough to do well -- super-powered characters are, by their nature, less relatable -- I also think great writers have done amazing things in the genre. Notably:

    * Joss Whedon with "The Avengers"

    * Brad Bird with "The Incredibles"

    * David Goyer and Christopher Nolan with "The Dark Knight"

    FWIW and Foolish best,

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 11:35 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @LogansMommy1,

    Did you know Katee Sackhoff is interested in playing Ms. Marvel? I'd love to see that. Perhaps first in "Agents of SHIELD" and then in an Avengers film before embarking on a solo flick.

    FWIW and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2013, at 12:28 PM, MADH0RNET wrote:

    All I want to see is an ANT MAN movie .. and MOON KNIGHT ... and I think I should get to play Moon Knight. I could have multiple personalities easy!

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2013, at 4:43 PM, RodrianRoadeye wrote:

    The Inhumans saga according to Kirby and Lee from the FF, or the Origin of Doctor Doom and the Reed rivalry, with the epic mind battle from the annual, or the origin of The Red Skull according to Kirby with Cap a prisoner, and the Silver Surfer Origin from the epic first classic oversized issue by Buscema and Lee. The Thing vs. Hulk from FF#25 WITH the X-Men! WOW!

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 11:57 PM, Shadowblaze wrote:

    @TMFMileHigh:

    " ...Both The Punisher and Ghost Rider had long-standing series of their own before their stories were adapted for the screen....there have been five volumes of BP comics, with the longest run lasting five years (1998-2003) and 62 issues...By contrast, The Punisher has sold millions of comics while Ghost Rider sustained a 10-year (1973 to 1983) 81-issue run and an 8-year (1990-1998) 94-issue run.

    Much as I believe there's huge potential for a Black Panther film it would be small-f foolish to fail to acknowledge the risks".

    Ok, if "long standing series " is your litmus test,

    MAN-THING, HOWARD THE DUCK, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and of course FANTASTIC FOUR all had long standing series, but still all flopped (90's Cap and Corman FF). Elektra didn't have as long a publication history as BP when her movie was done. BLADE, was a supporting character in TOD when first introduced, and had sporadic stories since, yet, not only got a movie but a trilogy and tv series. Having a "long standing series" as a factor of doing or not doing a BLACK PANTHER movie just doesn't stack up. There are risks with anything.

  • Report this Comment On March 03, 2014, at 9:12 AM, Wave777 wrote:

    I have to disagree with the writer here a bit and agree with some of my comics brethern. Black Panther is not a third tier character, but one of the more complicated and intense characters Marvel has - the leader of a super-sophisticated African country with amazing fighting skills and technology. Plus, he'd beat Batman with ease due to his ingestion of the heart-shaped root. He's been in plenty of media....BET did a whole animated series on him (good art too) and he was all over the Avengers animated series. Plus, he married Storm at one point, at least in some alternate universe. I think both actors mentioned to play him are too old and large though.....they need to get a pro athlete to play him to do his physique right! Go T'Challa.

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