Many of you that follow me on twitter know that I am a huge fan of Sun Tzu. I drop tidbits on my feed every now and then. One of my favorite quotes is the following: The general who wins … Continue reading

Marvel’s Cinematic Gameplan In Place Through 2021

marvelMany of you that follow me on twitter know that I am a huge fan of Sun Tzu. I drop tidbits on my feed every now and then. One of my favorite quotes is the following:

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought.

Seems like I’m not the only Sun Tzu fan out there. Apparently, Marvel’s Kevin Feige is not only a fan but a HUGE student of the ancient Chinese Military General. Case in point, in today’s excellent WIRED piece How Marvel Unified Its Movie Universe (And Why That Won’t Be Easy for DC), he dropped the following:

Ask Feige what makes his particular kind of world-building possible and he says, simply, “have a plan.” It doesn’t have to be set in stone, he adds. His current estimate is that Marvel movies have been three-quarters plan and 25 percent bob-and-weave.

How far along has Feige planned Marvel for success? Try 2021.

“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021,” Feige told WIRED. “Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.”

I get asked all the time what’s the difference between Marvel and DC, and simply put Marvel is it’s own entity that makes it’s own films while DC is an entity under Warner Brothers that makes films. Marvel is not scared to take risks while DC hasn’t remained impotent since The Green Lantern and is now only beginning to recover. If you thought Marvel was only going to do Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Avengers movies, think again. Marvel is not resting on their laurels, they’re going to continue challenging themselves and expand. Kevin Feige added:

“Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone,” he says. “Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”

What might Phase 3 bring? For starters, you can bank on Doctor Strange which we exclusively previewed HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2). Black Panther is hopefully another one that makes a Phase 3 appearance.

Regardless, I would not count DC out whatsoever. Are you kidding me? Putting Batman  and Superman together in movie got the entire planet EXCITED. For the summer 2015, right now DC is like that sixth seed playoff contender team that goes on the road throughout the playoffs and ends up winning the superbowl. Having not one but two allstars like Batman and Superman together as your starters against The Avengers? I haven’t looked at the scouting report, but I wouldn’t bet against the World’s Finest. Just sayin’.

What do you think? Chime in your thoughts below and keep it clean because I wield the banhammer. Who do you got as the winner for the box office battle of 2015? Marvel or DC?

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  • EzyTarget

    “Putting Batman and Superman together in movie got the entire planet EXCITED”

    I’d say half of planet got excited and the other half got terrified.

  • Chris Groves

    I will be extremely let down if we don’t get a new Hulk film in Phase 3…seriously, it’s over-due. If I had my way, Ruffalo as Banner would be a recurring guest star on Agents of SHIELD(sans Hulk-outs) and the May 6th, 2016 Marvel film would be the next Hulk entry. Ruffalo signed a 6 film deal, there is room for 3 Avengers films and 3 solo films…or 4 Avengers films and 2 solo films…whichever. He did one Avengers film and has said he has five films left.

  • jamthemaj

    I prefer the TDK trilogy and Man of Steel over Marvel’s films, but that said, I do love what Marvel is doing! I can’t wait to see what’s to come with both companies. It’s exciting that Marvel has such a plan, and I think WB would do better with their upcoming cinematic universe if they would utilize such a plan, instead of rushing to get a Justice League movie out.

    In all honesty, I wish WB would just stick to solo films (other than the Bats/Supes film) and not do a live-action JL. They could do a CGI animated JL film, with top-notch writing, talent and animation, and that would be wonderful film that would bring in all the money that WB hopes to earn. It would also be a different approach from that of Marvel’s. Live-action solo flicks and an animated JL would work well, I think.

    BUT it doesn’t matter how I think they should do it, so I will just continue to enjoy (hopefully) what WB and Marvel each put out. I love the grounded take with DC’s movies, and I love the more fantastical take of Marvel. Keep em coming! :)

  • jamthemaj

    Same here! Hopefully we’ll get our wish!

  • AL

    DC already has tons of JL animated movies under their belt. DC blows the doors off of marvel in the animated realm. Now its time to kick it up a notch with the live action.

  • TotesMagotes

    The profit from an animated JL film would be sooooooo much less than if they made a live action JL film. And an animated film wouldn’t appeal to very many types of audiences whereas the live action films have a much greater fan base.

  • jamthemaj

    I totally agree on the home video front! And I want DC to blow Marvel’s socks off in live-action, but I don’t want it rushed. They need to slow their roll and be methodical.

  • jamthemaj

    I don’t agree on your point of profits. Animation can appeal to everyone, if done properly. Bruce Timm’s many televison projects proved that. Obviously, it wouldn’t be Pixar that made the film, but remember these images?

    http://cinderblockracer.com/2012/06/13/what-if-pixar-made-a-justice-league-movie/

  • Dakkar

    What I wish is that WB would turn over their live films to their animation division. They seem to get it. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini turned loose on the DC live universe? I’m there!

  • The Usual Suspect

    The Batman/Superman movie is a desperate move by DC to combat against the giant that will be Age of Ultron, this plan laid out by Feige will only further their desperation.
    As far as I am concerned, DC only has two characters they can really rely on for success, and putting them together in a movie serves as a double-edged sword (they’ll make bank from the movie but essentially run out of gas with their other characters because of it). Make mine MARVEL.

  • Kimo c.

    Wouldn’t mind a she hulk movie.

  • Ray Rivera

    Marvels blowing away dc because their characters are genuine and original while dc are still using 80 year old characters.

  • Truxton Spangler

    I would prefer Ruffalo do only ensemble movies. He’s an actor that works best off other actors. We know he’ll be in Avengers 2. After that he has 4 left. I hope he appears in Doctor Strange solo movie after that to set up a Defenders movie or two.

  • Dan Riedel

    LOL, my home team was the first to win the Superbowl as the sixth seed. It required a game plan. If DC has one, don’t count them out ;)

  • rsixsmith

    it’s the difference between classical and contemporary. some like one or the other- some can appreciate both. the x-men are 50 years old. captain america is 70. youth is wasted on the young……

  • rsixsmith

    you’re right on, el mayimbe, saying not to count out dc’s lineup. personally, i couldn’t be more happy with the decision to pair up batman against and/or with superman.
    a: it introduces us to a new take on bats while relieving us of yet ANOTHER drawn out origin story for him. over it, we know. hopefully when he gets a solo film, the obligatory origin will be explained in a more concise manner- i.e. man of steel’s handling of clark’s youth or even tim burton’s blessedly understated version. not that batman begins wasn’t good, but… aren’t we more interested in seeing batman in action as opposed to how he came to be?
    b: it’s new. it’s different. holy god, thank you for using marvel to force warners to put their neck out on the line. maybe, just MAYBE, we’ll get the truly sci-fi green lantern somewhere down the line that we should have gotten in 2011. PERHAPS we’ll get an epic wonder woman origin featuring aries and/or hades. could we POSSIBLY have a kick ass flash movie that has laughs without being clownish? i don’t know, maybe i’m dreaming.
    time will tell, but right now warners has my attention.

  • Chris Groves

    See, I think he’s a fantastic actor and is more than deserving of getting his own shot at a solo film.

  • jay

    Curious because DC’s cartoon movies are light-years better than anything Marvel puts out… I think they can pull it off

  • typo:)

    ” …DC hasn’t remained impotent since The Green Lantern…” – heheh

  • Negative_Return

    Marvel movies – Wal-Mart, maybe Target
    DC movies – Macy’s