After The Avengers hit theaters, I had the idea to record a short discussion about the potential future and possibilites for the Marvel movie universe. I consider myself a comic book reader and have a couple shelves of graphic novels to prove it. But I’ve found that know very little about the Marvel universe besides the origin stories and the more acclaimed story arcs of many of our heroes.
Infinity Gauntlet? Thanos? Guardians of the Galaxy? I obviously needed someone who had a better background in the mythology of the Marvel comic universe. So I invited Jeff Cannata, best known as a host on the popculture video web series The Totally Rad Show. I also invited /Film’s own Germain Lussier to the table as he puts together the daily Superhero Bits feature round-up, and knows a lot about the rumors and what has been said or leaked publicly.
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Celebrating the release of the trailer for Thor, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took part in a web chat with the LA Times and Marvel fans. He discussed — very briefly in all cases — a few impressions of Captain America, and some vague possibilities for the future of Marvel Studios. There’s no hard and fast news here, but if you’ve been curious about the status of the Marvel slate, and of possibilities for films like Black Panther, Ant-Man, Moon Knight and more, read on. Read More »
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America are all leading up to Marvel’s big superhero team-up cross-over film The Avengers. The question is: where do you go from there? The obvious answer is The Avengers 2. The less obvious answer is Ant-Man.
But then what? How do you top that? Well, you don’t. You aim smaller.
CHUD has learned that Marvel Studios has been meeting with writers and directors for some of their smaller, third and fourth tier characters, for example Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler, Iron Fist and Power Pack. The plan is to make movies from these properties for relatively cheap: $20-$40 million.
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I think it’s clear that Hollywood is really desperate to find the next big superhero franchise. Most of the A-list stars have been done, and almost every b-level superhero character has a film in production or in various forms of development. Even comic mastermind/creator Stan Lee agrees, “They’re all being done.Â Every one of them.Â I can’t think of an important Marvel that isn’t being primed for a movie.” So the studio is starting to move on littler known comic book series.
Lee confirmed to Collider that Marvel is seriously considering making a film adaptation of the Power Pack. If you’re not a hardcore comic book geek then you’re probably wondering “The who?” The Power Pack is the first team of preteen superheroes ever in the Marvel Universe. They first appeared in their own comic book series in 1984. and while the series lasted 62 issues, the characters have since appeared in other books throughout the years.
“They’ve been talking about… now they’re not working on it but they have been discussing whether to do it,” Lee said about a possible Power Pack movie.
I’m not quite sure we need a Power Pack movie. I’d be more interested in seeing Brian K. Vaughan’s The Runaways on the big (or small) screen. And with Joss Whedon (of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly fame) recently taking over the comic run with a 6-issue arc, I’m sure Runaways has a bigger built in audience.