Marvel Studios Wants to Release Lower Budget Movies With Some of their Lesser Known Characters Like LUKE CAGE, KA-ZAR, and DAZZLER

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With the rising popularity of comic book movies, it’s no surprise Marvel Studios wants to develop more feature films using other characters in the Marvel Universe.  While the studio currently releases one film a year, I believe the long term plan is to eventually release two films a year.  And now that the studio has merged with Disney, I’m sure the pressure is on to reach that goal as the more Marvel movies that get released, the more both studios can benefit from merchandising sales and added home video revenue.

While Marvel has only been releasing big tent pole movies like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and they’re currently getting The Avengers ready, it’s possible the studio is going in a completely new and interesting direction for some future movies like Dazzler, Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage and even Power Pack!  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel logo (1).jpgAccording to Devin at CHUD, Marvel is trying to develop some of their lesser known characters as feature films and they’re trying to get them made for a much lower budget than the big tentpole releases.  How low?  Try 20 to 40 million dollars.

Apparently the studio is taking meetings with writers and directors right now and they’re offering lesser known characters that only comic book fans would know.

While some might wonder why Marvel wants to make some of their movies for a lot less money, I’ll tell you why this is awesome news…the studio will be willing to take risks and not have to make a four quadrant movie.

When you make a 150 million dollar movie, you need to appeal to men, woman, teenagers, aliens, and anyone who has money to spend on a movie.  You need to open huge and be an event.  But if you make a movie for 30 million dollars, you don’t need to get all those people into a movie theater to be profitable.  You could just reach men ages 17-49 and come out ahead.

But it gets better.

Dazzler comic book Marvel.jpgIf Marvel starts to make movies for 20-40 million dollars, we might get something many fans have been dreaming about: an R-rated Marvel movie not made by Lionsgate or some indie studio.  While I don’t know if that’s what the studio is aiming for, if a big director comes to Marvel and says I’d love to make (insert character here) but I only want to do it if I can go hard R, the studio might now be willing to say sure…if you can make it for 30 million.

Also, look at the opening weekend box office for the R-rated Kick-Ass.  The movie was thisclose to a 20 million opening weekend and all it had was online buzz and some terrible TV spots.  If Marvel made an R-rated superhero movie, I’m very confident they could open it to more than that especially with the marketing machine of Disney behind them.

To be clear, I have no idea if Marvel wants to make an R-rated superhero movie, but if they are going to start making third tier characters for 20-40 million dollars a film, I think they’ll eventually want to cross that bridge.

The other thing is…making a movie for 30 million will give the studio and filmmakers a lot more freedom to take risks.  From lesser known characters to the style of filmmaking, the studio can take chances that a movie with a huge budget can never do.

I’m sure in the next few months we’ll start to hear what movies Marvel wants to make in 2013 and 2014…perhaps we’ll start to see a huge tentpole release in the summer and one lesser known character in the fall.  It’s a great time to be a fan of comic book movies.

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  • http://twitter.com/DLMEnt DLM Entertainment

    The world NEEDS a Cloak and Dagger movie NOW. And let's throw some love towards Canada's answer to the X-Men. ALPHA FLIGHT! That would be about 17 shades of awesome..

  • Johnny was a good man

    Power Pack needs a big budget. If they're going the authentic route with huge lizards and spaceships. The Origin story would make an excellent kids movie.

  • Bob

    Moon Knight! Morbius! Tigra! Werewolf by Night! Living Mummy! Namor! Alpha Flight!

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com/ [A]

    about time they make Dr Strange and Luke Cage movies! Also, Dazzler? I'm.. dazzled.

  • Gus

    you're totally right! Can you imagine how awesome it would be if Pixar made that!

  • Gus

    forgot the ? in the last post. so…?

  • nemo

    The Luke Cage rights were still at Sony, last I heard. Not sure when they revert, but Sony never seemed to be in a hurry to make that movie. I've heard about their intent to do Power Pack and Dr. Strange, but Ka-Zar and Dazzler are new to me. Both of those characters originate in X-Men books, (though Ka-Zar's case is slightly more complicated than that) so I'd assume that Fox has them? It's hard to figure out where the lines are drawn here.

  • the_ace_of_knaves

    Would love to see an r rated Moon Knight movie. His movie could be done for 40 million easily.

  • drkennethnoisewater

    Robert Rodriguez?

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  • JohnZee

    A R rated low budget Marvel movie? Truthfully the only way you would ever get me to see a Dazzler movie would be if she shot laser beams out of her erect nipples while exposing both breasts.

    But come on. Do you really think that the corporate executives at Disney would allow such a thing?

    Dick Cheney would be more likely to make a R rated movie with all those profits he made with Haliburton during the Iraq War…

  • garrettgibbons

    I have no interest in watching “hard R” movies, comic book or otherwise.

  • charlie

    i would love to see a dazzler movie. that would be cool. and power pack would be really fun. the dazzler movie could be about a woman trying to get in the music business and having to deal with being a mutant who gets involved in the superhero world from time to time. much like her original series.

  • charlie

    i would love to see a dazzler movie. that would be cool. and power pack would be really fun. the dazzler movie could be about a woman trying to get in the music business and having to deal with being a mutant who gets involved in the superhero world from time to time. much like her original series.

  • Marc

    Moon Knight would be a great candidate for this treatment. He's an awesome street level character who works best as an R type film. Just say'n

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  • Dan

    Then I guess you missed out on Kick Ass…

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  • Chevguy83

    Marvel did the low budget treatment with Man-Thing and we all know how well that went down.

  • Dale

    I and the reviewers at that time loved the Dr Strange TV movie. It seems to have been forgotten.

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