So it was with great interest that I read this piece on CHUD:
Where does Marvel go after getting bigger than any other superhero movie when they release The Avengers? They rein it in and get smaller.
Marvel Studios is currently taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters. The movies would cost in the range of 20 to 40 million dollars (very small when we're talking studio films) and would allow them to take risks with less obvious characters and with interesting talent.
Filmmakers are being offered their pick of characters whose names are only familiar to comic fans. Properties like Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler and Power Pack are among the many that are being tossed around right now. And the attitude seems to be that Marvel is open to bringing any of their characters to the screen at the right price point.
Yes, you read that right, true believer - Marvel has decided to make smaller movies, but more of them. Less risk, bigger library of content, more development in their tier of lesser-known characters, chances to find new audiences for the marvel Brand.
This initiative is going to allow Marvel (and new owner Disney) to get more of their brands out into the public eye, and it will allow them to continue building their cinematic universe in intriguing ways. It could also mean that up and coming filmmakers or less mainstream directors could suddenly have the chance to play in the big Marvel sandbox. While Warner Bros is still just reving the engine of their DC Superhero movies, Marvel seems to have a plan that's going to allow them to keep their characters at the forefront.
So let's go back to the topic we've discussed before...
You have $20M to make a Marvel movie.
- Which character?
- Why? (What's different about this character that makes you want that movie made?)
And for bonus points:
Who stars in it? (and remember this can't be an A-lister starring movie. Think people from indie movies and TV. Someone you can afford, but who really kicks ass at their job. )
This is my choice... MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE!