Marvel has become a fan of Adam McKay. They courted him to direct Ant-Man after Edgar Wright left the project, and although Peyton Reed ultimately took the gig, McKay did work on the script alongside star Paul Rudd.
Steve interviewed Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the press day for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and got some confirmation on the studio’s interest in McKay as well as the plot of Inhumans. Check out the video below:
“Adam McKay is in the running for everything. Adam McKay is a great, great writer and director,” said Feige. “He did an amazing pass on the Ant-Man draft with Paul Rudd for us, and I didn’t know him before then. And we got to know him through that and liked him very much, and have met with him a number of times trying to find something else, so we’ve talked about a lot of characters with him.
The remaining films in Phase Three that don’t have a director are Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans. It would be great if a woman directed Captain Marvel, and a black filmmaker directed Black Panther, but there’s no mandate that the gender and race, respectively, have to match up with the protagonist. However, Inhumans still feels like a solid guess for where McKay would land if he decided to take on the movie.
Steve also got clarification about the plot of Inhumans. Briefly, in the comics, the Inhumans were created by alien experiments on primitive homo-sapiens. The alien race behind the experiments, the Kree, abandoned their work and the Inhumans went on to form a society of their own, which is led by the king Black Bolt and his family Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad, and the canine Lockjaw. For more on the comics, read Evan’s article.
As for the movie, Steve asked Feige about the rumored logline: “About a group of people that are given powers only to discover they might be part of an alien race.”
Feige responded, “Well I’d say that’s relatively fair, but that’s not official. I’ve never seen that as an official logline.”
For a refresher on all of Marvel’s confirmed releases, see below. And for a catalog of all upcoming superhero movie release dates, click here.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 6, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
- Spider-Man Reboot – July 28, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 – May 4, 2018
- Black Panther – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – May 3, 2019
- Inhumans – July 12, 2019