News from the Marvel/Disney Front

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.

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