so i'm listening to your episode about black panther right now and i was wondering what movies do you hope marvel will make in the future? or like, if you could greenlight movies and pick writers/directors/actors who would you pick?
[here’s the black panther podcast they’re talking about]
what a great question! i’m torn about this, because while i’d LOVE to see more artistically ambitious Marvel movies, most of my favorite indie directors probably… wouldn’t want to make them. for instance, i’d be fascinated to see what Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color) would do with a superhero property, but he only works on original projects. HOWEVER, here are some ideas off the top of my head:
- an Emma Frost movie directed by Todd Haynes (Carol)
- a queer She-Hulk dramedy written by @carrionlaughing
- a Wolverine and the X-Men movie (ie. where Wolverine is in charge of the Xavier School), directed by the Wachowskis and written by someone who understands teen comedy/melodrama.
- a behind-the-scenes mockumentary about a “real” documentary about Xavier and Magneto, by the creators of American Vandal. lots of disparaging commentary from Erik, Charles and their associates, interspersed with high-minded and mildly inaccurate documentary segments about their political legacy and lifelong feud.
- Jane Campion’s Rogue.
- an adaptation of the recent Vision comics, directed by Park Chan-wook.
- a sweeping romance about Black Bolt and Medusa, directed by Patty Jenkins and written by James Ivory
- a blockbuster Namor franchise, written & directed by women.
- and finally, my #1 dream Marvel adaptation…
The perfect Doctor Doom movie!!!
i have two brilliant ideas for a Doctor Doom movie, neither of which will EVER happen. the first is a gothic drama with hints of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. Victor von Doom is tragic, monstrous & charismatic, and we view him through the eyes of an everyman protagonist. the film is visually rich with an intense orchestral score, so Bryan Fuller and Guillermo del Toro are obvious choices to write/direct. it could also be a gothic romance, although it can’t have a happy ending.
my second idea is a political drama about Doom’s leadership of Latveria. it’s a shakespearean epic, charting his rise and fall as a somewhat-benevolent dictator. written by the creators of Black Sails, it involves a lot of strategic intrigue and clever speeches.
Victor von Doom is an immensely compelling figure, and you often find yourself rooting for him even though he’s terrible. the film examines his image as a ~villain compared to his superhero adversaries, many of whom are part of the U.S. military/industrial complex yet view themselves as morally pure. there’s a complicated tension between Doom’s megalomania and “evil” plans, vs the often positive impact he has on Latveria. Namor and Black Panther are the only people he considers to be his equal, and they both have key roles in his journey.