Blade, Ms. Marvel Scripts Reportedly in Development at Marvel
As part of an in-depth look at the state of Marvel Studios in the wake of yesterday's story that The Avengers cast is angling for new contracts, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Marvel's screenwriting program is still quite active. While most of the titles mentioned are movies that are either known or widely rumored to be in active development already (Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Runaways), there were some surprises in there, as well.
Even as Phase 2 gets under way with Iron Man 3 and sequels to Thor and Captain America, Marvel is working on Phase 3.Ant-Man, a project to be directed Edgar Wright, has a release date of Nov. 6, 2015. Beyond that, the company is tight-lipped about its plans. Marvel has a writing program it uses as a concept generator and has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example. Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are other projects on the horizon.
Blade is one of a number of recently-reacquired properties that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently intimated wasn't a high priority for the studio, along with The Punisher and Daredevil. Still, Feige's reasoning behind that comment was that the film franchises with recently-failed installments still had the stink of failure on them, whereas Blade's last installment was long enough ago (and the first two well-enough received) that it's likely the "brand" isn't particularly hurt by Blade: Trinity. Ms. Marvel (currently operating as Captain Marvel) has been rumored to appear in Marvel's The Avengers 2, something that could raise her profile enough for a solo film. She's also one of a number of characters who have been suggested as potential guest stars on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.