Ben Wheatley, director of Free Fire, Kill List and High Rise, might be about to helm a Marvel movie if Bob Mortimer was telling the truth on the Adam Buxton podcast. But which film could he be in the running to direct?
After Avengers: Infinity War, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t as clear as we would have thought it to be. We know that Captain Marvel, Ant-Man And The Wasp, Avengers 4, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are all coming, yet we haven’t got one of Marvel Studios’ huge next phase announcements yet. I believe that now that Infinity War is in cinemas, Kevin Feige won’t wait too long before revealing what’s to come in Phase 4. However, Bob Mortimer, of all people, may have let slip who will be one of Marvel’s upcoming directors.
During an interview with Adam Buxton on the Adam Buxton Podcast, the comedian revealed that he was going to make a rather interesting road movie involving Michael Jackson’s glove with British director, Ben Wheatley. However, the talks abruptly ended when Marvel came knocking at Wheatley’s door, apparently offering him the chance to direct one of their upcoming films. You can have a listen to the episode in question below.
“That was a movie script we were going to do with – I think it was Film4. It’s tricky, but we keep plugging away. We’ve got one in at the moment that nearly got going that we hope we’ll make which is about Michael Jackson. He left a glove, one of his training gloves that he used when he wasn’t on stage, and it’s a very valuable item now, and there’s a few people trying to get ownership of it,” Mortimer explained.
“It’s just a road movie thing. But we were about to start that, but you know Ben Wheatley? Ben Wheatley got offered one of the big Marvel films, so it wasn’t for us to say, ‘You ain’t doing that, Ben.’,” he revealed.
This is of note because Marvel and Wheatley haven’t mentioned anything about possibly working together. However, the director has expressed an interest during an interview with Little White Lies in doing a Marvel Zombies movie. “‘Marvel Zombies’ hasn’t been done which is what I’m interested in,” he said.
“Maybe that’s a bit too niche. Marvel’s interesting in that it’s kind of a hybrid of cinema and television. A very, very expensive TV show that you buy a pass for every three months.”
A Marvel Zombies movie would be incredible, yet it wouldn’t sit well with the rest of the MCU and the tone they’ve strived so hard to create over the past ten years. Personally, I’m wondering whether Mortimer has mixed up Marvel with Sony Pictures or 20th Century Fox. Wheatley’s brand of filmmaking would be much more suited to what those studios have been doing in the superhero genre. I could see Wheatley directing a dark horror superhero movie for Fox.
Do you believe that Wheatley is about to enter the superhero movie genre? If so, what do you think he’ll be directing, or what should he direct? Let us know in the comments below.