Rumor: Marvel to Introduce New Characters with Short Films?
While the studios seem to be more concerned with keeping the heavy hitters of the comic book universe like Batman, Spider-Man, Superman and the X-Men as the most prominent feature film subjects, we found out back in April that Marvel Studios was making a push to develop smaller scale movies featuring third tier characters like Dr. Strange (seen above), Luke Cage, another superhero ensemble known as the Power Pack and more. Now Latino Review has word that Marvel plans to introduce some of these characters to audiences by making 10-minute short films that will play in front of their tentpole feature length films.
As of now, it's unknown when Marvel intends to release the first short film (Thor, Captain America or The Avengers seem like logical choices) or what characters will be the first to get the short film treatment. And seeing as how Iron Man 2 seemed to be more than a little convoluted due to the inclusion of characters like Nick Fury and Natalie "Black Widow" Romanoff, the short film route is a much better way to introduce third tier characters to new audiences and see how they're received without wasting millions of dollars on a movie like Jonah Hex (I know he's a DC Comics' character, but you know what I'm talking about). For now, LR is careful to classify this as a rumor, but stay tuned for updates as they arrive. Do you guys like this idea?