The good news is that a number of Marvel comics properties are back in the hands of Marvel Studios and may once again be seen on screen. The bad news is that the feature treatment ain’t happening for all of them. Marvel’s Kevin Feige talked about a number of planned and possible superhero films coming up in the next few years, including an adaptation of the lesser-known property Inhumans. More recognizable names – like Blade, Punisher, Ghost Rider and Daredevil – are also under Marvel’s control once again, but will have to find the right time, place and treatment to fit into the studio’s current plans. Hit the jump for updates on the above-mentioned properties and more, including the chances of a Marvel Zombies one-off.
EW recently held an extensive interview with Feige, who spoke candidly on a number of Marvel’s properties. One particular hero Feige stayed quiet on was Black Panther, who has been rumored to be getting the big screen treatment (or even small screen with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now ordered to a full series). While there’s no update on T’Challa, Feige did have plenty of other things to talk about:
When it comes to branching out from the ordinary, Marvel could have gone with Inhumans or Guardians of the Galaxy for their big test feature. GotG is all set, but Inhumans might not be off the table just yet:
“Inhumans is cool, they’re really great characters. The most powerful guy is the king who doesn’t say a word and if he does — lookout. That’s awesome. And the notion of the Terrigen Mists, this notion that you go through and don’t know what you’re going to be on the other side, is incredibly compelling dramatically. In other words, all the craziness that comes with Inhumans, we’ve done in the other movies already, but this would have some of the social drama that we haven’t really done yet. [Fox’s] X-Men, obviously, has been touching on that stuff for a while.”
Don’t get your hopes up here. While the properties may have reverted back to Marvel, there’s a reason for it: they just didn’t seem to resonate well with audiences. As Feige says:
“So Punisher, Ghost Rider, … Blade, all those characters are back. They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time.”
It seems that Daredevil is in a similar spot as the above-mentioned heroes, as Feige appears to be in no rush, saying:
“We’re not going to say, we got it back — make it.”
An interesting property that’s less well-known but had creator Brian K. Vaughn working on a script and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) doing a re-write. So what’s the status now?
“It’s a matter of where it fits. The way the business is working now, you either have really inexpensive, sort of surprise movies that can come out and be hits, but don’t cost much. Or you have the big giant summer blockbusters that really swing for the fences. Right now, we’re just swinging for the fences every time. Runaways sort of falls in between those, in a way. We just haven’t found where or how to do it… right now.”
Whedon is reportedly a fan of the series and has even written a story arc for it, so perhaps he’ll be able to take this on as a passion project after The Avengers 2 if it suits him.
This is a fun idea but about as far-fetched as they come. Put aside the logistical issues with the fact that not all of Marvel’s characters – ie Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man – have returned to the fold and think about the business side of things: Marvel isn’t about to scare the bejesus out of kids and potentially ruining the world they’ve built for an R-rated undead one-off … though I’d certainly pay to see it. Here’s Feige’s two cents:
“I know… Zombies is such a funny thing because its such a cool comic and it’s such a cool idea, but the bigger profile becomes what starts to happen [with fans]. Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not.”
For more on Marvel, check out the following links:
- Director Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN; Says He Wanted to Make SCOTT PILGRIM and WORLD’S END Before the Marvel Film
- Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige Talk IRON MAN 4; Downey Says He Wants to Launch a New Non-IRON MAN Franchise
- Kevin Feige Talks Standalone HULK and DOCTOR STRANGE Movies in Marvel’s Phase Three