Two announcements arrived from Disney today, signaling their earliest indications of what they plan to do with their recently acquired Marvel Studios.
Disney Sets Two Summer 2014 Marvel Movies – Disney has marked three Summer 2014 calender days for three upcoming movie release dates. Two of which are speculated to be Marvel-based, while the third is expected to be a mystery project being worked on by Pixar. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are expected out in 2013, so we can rule out those two heroes appearing in 2014. Perhaps one is the follow-up to next year’s Avengers movie, or possibly a Captain America sequel.
I would like to see Disney helm a run of a story on one of the lesser known Avengers, like the early years of Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch…or Ant-man and Wasp. I think they could do a good job with those characters, as long as they keep Scarlett Witch well before the fateful M-Day events.
ABC Talks “Hulk” TV Show – ABC is currently engaged in the creation of a Hulk television series which is being developed by Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick. The show has a fall 2012 premier. On the surface, I feel like a Hulk show will fall flat unless the creators can really get us to care for Bruce Banner.
The Hulk comics are a draw for action junkies looking for a bunch of good fights and light, watery, story. The TV show, however would have to be the complete opposite. The budget would only allow for a few truly solid fights per season and would more than likely focus on the drama between Bruce, Hulk, Betty, and Betty’s father, the General. It is actually already a pretty dramatic premise, but we have yet to really see a show, or even a movie, focus more on the characters. The character setup would work better than what Smallville was setup with, pretty much an orphan who had secret powers.