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I Had A Dream I Was A Vigilante's Sidekick: Marvel To Develop Every Superhero Ever

By TK Burton | Industry | May 4, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Industry | May 4, 2011 |

Marvel is going to devour us all, people. In addition to the Iron Man franchise, there’s the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America — all of the core members of the Avengers, all of whom are due potential sequels as well. Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to a nine picture deal with marvel to portray Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and will likely get his own movie at some point. And that’s just the franchises being developed by Marvel Films — it doesn’t include the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, which are Sony’s and Fox’s respective properties. Or the Fantastic Four, but let us never speak of those films. Ever.

What I’m saying is, it feels like we’re going to be seeing Marvel superhero movies every year until the sun burns out. Frankly, as long as they’re more like Iron Man and less like Ghost Rider, I’m cool with that.

But wait, there’s more! Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Films, was recently interviewed by The Playlist, and he hinted that some of the peripheral Avengers characters may get their shot at their own movie as well:

“There’s no definitive plans, but we have started talking and talking with Scarlett about what a Widow movie could be… Internally we’ve also started thinking what a ‘Hawkeye’ movie could be, how we could continue to explore the organization [which Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury leads] S.H.I.E.L.D, which has a pretty big part in ‘Thor,’ smaller parts in the two ‘Iron Man’ films and has a giant part in ‘The Avengers.’ [So it’s like], what would a stand-alone “S.H.I.E.L.D.” be like? It all goes back to the comics. Sometimes the answer is—when looking at a certain run of issues— ‘no way’ and sometimes the answer is ‘maybe, let’s continue to explore it’ and certainly with Hawkeye and Black Widow those are two that we’re exploring.”

So Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are also potentials. Add that into the mix of Edgar Wright’s long-gestating Ant-Man, not to mention franchises already mentioned such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Power Pack, Runaways, even Ka-Zar. All if then have been mentioned as possibilities at some point or another. When asked whether or Marvel worries about overexposure, Feige said:

“You always have to be careful about overkill, I guess, but what you really have to be careful about is bad movies… People have been asking me about this since 2002 and clearly a decade later, audiences said, ‘Keep ‘em coming!’”

Personally, I’d like to see them unfuck Daredevil and The Punisher one of these days, just to wash the memories of those dreadful adaptations from my brain.

Also, note to Sony: No more Spidey origin stories. Two words for you:


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TK Burton is the Editorial Director. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.