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Marvel Aims For A SHIELD Movie

It’s no surprise that Marvel is planning sequels to Thor and Captain America following the release next year of The Avengers, or that characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye (and Iron Fist and Doctor Strange, for that matter) are being eyed for solo projects. However, it may be news that the studio envisions S.H.I.E.L.D. headlining its own movie.

The word comes courtesy of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the latest issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club (via IGN).

Following The Avengers, which premieres on May 4, 2012, Feige says, “Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. — all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we’ve got a lot of other characters we’re prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.”

It should be noted that Feige’s comment about the Captain America sequel indicates that the story’s setting may not be as up in the air as screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus had suggested. Instead of a further exploration of the Sentinel of Liberty’s World War II adventures, it looks as if we’ll see Steve Rogers in the modern Marvel Universe. (Maybe there’s still hope for that Winter Soldier storyline?)

But to the matter at hand, a movie centering on S.H.I.E.L.D. seems almost inevitable when you consider the casting of the charismatic Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the popularity and expanding role of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, the addition of Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, the use of the fictional agency as a marketing tool and the increased presence of the spy organization in Thor (in which operatives all drive Honda Acuras). So perhaps a spinoff project has always been in the cards.

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Comments

  • Anonymous

    Sam Jackson’s been talking about a SHIELD movie for nearly a year now, and the movie’s been rumored as a pretty sure bet since his nine picture deal was announced over two years ago. So, honestly, I just assumed a SHIELD movie was a given at this point…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    They can still do a WWII story with him exploring the modern world. The comics do that kind of thing all the time.

  • Drfunkphd

    Really, with them making Hawkeye a SHIELD agent, it seems like SHIELD would just be “Avengers-lite” because it would have same line-up just without Thor, Cap, IM and Hulk.

  • http://twitter.com/TalonJ Talon Jennings

    When considering WWII/modern day parallels in the same plot, it’s hard not to think of Ed Brubaker. I was just thinking Winter Soldier would make for a perfect sequel right before reading this.

  • Wildstorm

    It should be done like the last half of Expendables. Guns and explosions.

  • Oneonly

    For casting Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, in the SHIELD flick, I humbly suggest Mitch Pilleggi.

  • 38yrsold on this planet

    does anyone realize that Sam Jackson is already in his 60s !!!!???

    They kinda waited too long to get the ball rolling on NickFury themed aventures. Im not sure what kinda ass Sam can realisticaly kick these days. We love him as an actor but a bad ass in his own film franchise i doubt will ever happen.

  • Mbeskine

    Well then, as a keen collector of comic books this is good news as this means that if you buy an early issue, or a recent one today about SHIELD or Nick Fury or something then keep it. When the movie debut’s the value of the comic will rocket up. So good news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    You don’t have to be in great shape to pull a trigger.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Nick Fury does more than pull a trigger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    He doesn’t move like Capt America. He doesn’t fly or have powers. What I meant was I’m pretty sure Samuel can handle what would be required for a movie version of Nick Fury to do.

  • Tf883

     First of all with all due respect and no racist intent, Nick Fury should be a white male, at a perpetual 45 years old. And just like Captain America, Nick Fury also takes the Infinity Formula (aka: Super Soldier Serum), and does have the strength and agility of about 5 men half his age.

  • QingUin

    Hawkeye is a shield agent, the movie didnt just make that up.