Let us, for a second, ignore the D23 Expo Marvel presentationâ€”except, perhaps to note that it was curiously underwhelming when it came to announcements; has Marvel just run out of news over this summer?â€”and focus our attentions, instead, on the other things that have been happening for superhero movies recently. Like, Fantastic Four was released and â€¦ oh, OK: Letâ€™s think about Captain America: Civil War some more. Itâ€™s far less depressing.
SUPER IDEA: More of Ant-Manâ€™s True Hero? We Can Only Hope
Spoilers ahead, obviously, but Evangeline Lilly let slip on Facebook that the Wasp suit that showed up at the end of Ant-Man was intended to be worn at some point in the future. â€œI was scanned for the Wasp suit, but then I got pregnant,â€ she wrote in response to a fan question of whether or not sheâ€™d be wearing the outfit in the future. â€œLetâ€™s hope I fit it again!â€ Asked later if she was going to appear in any upcoming Marvel movies, she punned, â€œI â€˜hopeâ€™ so. Keep bugging Marvel about it!â€ (Two puns in one answer? Well done, Evangeline.)
Why this is super: Sure, Paul Rudd was charming and all, but who wouldnâ€™t rather see a Wasp movie than Ant-Man 2? You can even bring in Scott Lang as the comic relief.
SUPER IDEA: Hereâ€™s the Scene You Didnâ€™t See in Fantastic Four
In case your first thought, upon leaving Fantastic Fourâ€”In theaters now! Still! Surprisingly!â€”was â€œWhatever happened to that bit in the trailer where the Thing dropped out of a helicopter and got shot at?â€ then Entertainment Weekly has the answer. It was collateral damage in the fight between director Josh Trank and the studio. Either Trank wasnâ€™t fully equipped to make the scene work, or he wasnâ€™t given the money, time, and/or tools to do by the studio, but no matter which version of the story is true, the scene didnâ€™t work and was ultimately pulled. One day, someone is going to write a killer oral history of this movie.
Why this is super: Somewhere out there is a fascinating version of the movie as Trank originally intended, which might not be any better than the one that reached theaters, but almost certainly couldnâ€™t be that much worse. Come on, Fox: Fantastic Four: The Directorâ€™s Cut is one that people really, really want to see by this point.
SUPER IDEA: This Is What Happens When You Let the Fans Talk
Wondering what to expect from Hugh Jackmanâ€™s final outing as Wolverine? In a recent interview, he flagged a couple of results from his recent request for input from fans. â€œThere were a lot of calls for Victor Creed to come back,â€ he said, referring to the X-Men villain Sabretooth whoâ€™s already shown up in both X-Men and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Additionally, â€œthe words â€˜berserker rageâ€™ came up a lot,â€ Jackman said. â€œIf you know Wolverine, youâ€™ll understand.â€ (Heâ€™s promising savage, uber-violent Wolverine, in other words.)
Why this is super: While weâ€™re no closer to knowing the plot of the third solo Wolverine movie, thereâ€™s something to be said not only about ensuring that fans get what they want before everythingâ€™s done, but discovering that perhaps fans collectively have some good ideas about what to do with a solo Wolverine movie. Maybe thereâ€™s something to mob rule after allâ€¦?
SUPER IDEA: That Crow Reboot Is Not Dead Yet
Many industry watchers were nervous that the financial woes of the studio Relativity meant that the announced reboot of The Crow would never happen, but talking during a convention appearance, the antiheroâ€™s creator James Oâ€™Barr told fans that itâ€™s â€œstill very much a live property.â€ He continued, â€œitâ€™s going to happen. I talked to [rights holder] Pressman Films a couple of weeks ago and they said within two or three weeks, we should have it placed at a new studio.â€ The 1990s goth revival is back on!
Why this is super: The fact that The Crow remake has managed to survive the loss of its leading man (twice), more than one director, and now the loss of a studio is a sign that, much like Eric Draven himself, this is a project that just cannot die. How often does form follow content in this way?
ENTIRELY AMBIVALENT, BUT CERTAINLY AN IDEA: Forget About the Cape, Donâ€™t Mess With Supermanâ€™s Mom
If rumors are to be believedâ€”and we should also spoiler warning this one, in case it turns out itâ€™s a rumor thatâ€™s on the moneyâ€”then we might have an idea just how Lex Luthor gets Supermanâ€™s attention in next yearâ€™s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you were expecting some kind of plot involving the Californian coastline or maybe creating Nuclear Man, youâ€™re thinking too big. Instead, it turns out heâ€™ll kidnap Martha Kent for some as-yet-unrevealed reason, a move that will understandably make Clarkâ€™s head spin (although not his neck snap; we donâ€™t do that anymore â€¦ we hope).
Why this is difficult to rule on: Itâ€™s all in the execution, obviously. The idea of messing with Supermanâ€™s family is obviously going to provoke him into action, and the notion of a Lex who enjoys that level of manipulation is an attractive one for a bad guy who could never match the hero in a physical comparison. But thereâ€™s a lot of potential for cheap soap operatics and fridging if handled poorly. Weâ€™ve already seen Clark lose one parent in Man of Steel. What are the odds heâ€™ll lose his second in his second movie?