Marvel Cinematic Universe Update: Ant-Man, Thor 2 and Hulk TV

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After the mammoth success of The Avengers, which has now well and truly crossed the magical $1 billion mark globally, movement is naturally happening around the next chapters in the Marvel cinematic saga.

We already know that we’ve got Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 next year, followed by Captain America 2 in early 2014 and a “mystery film”. Recently, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discussed two unannounced films in development, one of which we reckon is probably Dr. Strange.

Here’s the latest rumblings:

Ant Man

On the Empire Online podcast (lovingly transcribed by Collider), Edgar Wright discusses the long development of the upcoming Ant-Man film. Although he doesn’t see it as such:

“I get quite superstitious because I don’t feel like anybody — websites and stuff — quite understands how hard long it takes and because the film websites update hourly, it’s like ‘What’s the fucking hold up? Just make it. Why isn’t it coming out tomorrow?’  But every film that I’ve made has taken like three years. Each one, it’s been three years between movies. I would love for that gap to be shorter, but the truth is there’s — it’s almost like a holding pattern. There are planes in the air and you have to figure out which one is going to land before they all crash.”

With Wright confirmed to shoot The World’s End later this year (which he discusses in the podcast), for a 2013 release, it is unlikely that we will see this before 2014. We’re pretty sure this won’t be the second Marvel film for 2014, but there’s always the possibility of a third 2014 or the first 2015 release.

Hulk TV

According to Collider,  ABC president Paul Lee had a couple of words to say about the possibility of Hulk:

Hulk is in development.  It wasn’t going to be ready this season, but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”

Thor 2

Once again from Collider (those folks love their comic book movies!), Idris Elba confirms that he will be in the next Thor film. We already knew this, but it is nice to hear him talking about it.

Collider: Will you be returning for Thor 2?

IDRIS ELBA:  Yes, I am.  I’m definitely going to do my man in a suit film.

Collider: What are you most excited about getting to do in the sequel?

ELBA:  I’d just like to get to know him a bit more.  Who is Heimdall?  He guards the gate.  Okay.  Is there anything else?  I don’t know what is in the script because I haven’t read it yet.  But, the audience has responded to Asgard and wants to know more about who lives there and what it’s about.  I’m sure, if they do that, Heimdall will be featured more.

Collider: With everything that you have lined up, how will that fit into your schedule?

ELBA:  My schedule is so packed this year, to the point where I really don’t have an address anymore.  I’m going to be living on film sets for the next year.  I literally moved out of a place and was not going to get a new one.  My schedule is really packed, but I’m going to do Thor after I play [Nelson] Mandela.