Marvel Planning Lower Scale Films with Third Tier Characters
Obviously superheroes are going full tilt in the Marvel camp as we slowly but surely lead into the highly anticipated, larger than life, superhero ensemble flick The Avengers. So what else does Marvel have to do? Luckily they have a plethora of other characters, though maybe not as well known as Iron Man or Captain America, who have a future on the big screen as CHUD says they've discovered Marvel Studios is meeting with various writers and directors to work on smaller scale movies based on their third tier characters like Dr. Strange (seen above), Luke Cage and another superhero ensemble known as the Power Pack.
Other characters mentioned include Dazzler and Ka-Zar (who are these guys?), but apparently Marvel is open to bringing any of their characters to the big screen (it's said that filmmakers essentially can pick whatever they want) as long as the price is right. As of now it looks like the price range for these small scale hero flicks is somewhere between $20 and $40 million, which still seems like a lot, but when it comes to studio films, these are definitely still considered small scale. This way Marvel can appease fans by making films based on some of its less iconic, though still loved characters, and not take a huge $100 million+ risk at the box office. In addition, the lower cost means less interference from the suits who would otherwise be extensively worried about making their bank back, and with everyone worried about the dumbing down of Marvel properties because of Disney's purchase of the studio, this is absolutely some great news to hear.
However, these plans are still in the very early stages of development and there's no telling when we might see the first film from this new initiative from Marvel Studios, but hot damn is this studio revolutionizing motion pictures and comic book properties. I can't wait to see how Marvel continues to sprint into the future of the film industry. While DC Entertainment is just warming up, Marvel seems to be on fire, and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon. So what third tier characters do you want to see adapted?