Beard: What Marvel Studios should do nextWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With Marvel Studios’ mining of more off-the-wall Marvel comic book properties, a la the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” feature film and the “Agents of SHIELD” television series, their “can-do-no-wrong” gives hope to fanboys everywhere that personal favorites may one day find their way to a big-budget, live-action productions.
Namor the Sub-Mariner: Literally Marvel’s oldest character, Namor’s the half-human, half-Atlantean King of the Sea you love to hate. If they gave his movie an exotic air and a “Pirates of the Caribbean” feel, the studio would be swimming in an ocean of money.
Black Panther: Sure, that name alone could give Disney fits, but the Panther’s pedigree as the first black superhero and his fascinating jungle milieu should allow this classy character to rise above it all and swing with the big boys on the silver screen.
Doctor Strange: Stephen Strange is quite literally the Sorcerer Supreme, the foremost magic-wielder on Earth and throughout all dimensions. Marvel has yet to broach the subject of magic in their films, but the doc’s prestidigitation and pathos could make some mighty magic at the box office.
She-Hulk: Marvel has few female heroes of note — essentially, they have no Wonder Woman of their own — but the story of the Hulk’s cousin would make a cool vehicle for a buff beauty to strut her stuff and go green. Did you know that actress Brigitte Nielsen was going to make a She-Hulk film in the 1980s? Google it!
The Inhumans: This strange family of mutated oddballs is about to come into their own in the comics, so Marvel should fast-track them to the big screen to capitalize on their latest round of notoriety. With a leader whose barest whisper can shatter mountains, a lovely lady with living locks, a martial artist, a super-stomper, and an aquatic ace, the Inhumans pack it all in for everyone’s tastes.
Power Man and Iron Fist: Speaking of martial artists, Marvel’s premiere kung-fu’er and his powerhouse partner Luke Cage could pave the way for a new resurgence in buddy films. Fist’s the greatest champion of an other-dimensional city and Luke’s the hunky yet hot-headed hero of Harlem — what’s not to love?
Howard the Duck: Forgive and forget. Open your hearts and you will believe a duck can say “Waaugh!”
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