Mon 28 Jun, 2010 04:52 pm
While the world waits in quiet terror to see if 2011′s Captain America and Thor will be good/bad/worse than Punisher: War Zone, Marvel is launching a surprise attack on the small screen. Today, Marvel Entertainment created a new Television division, to be headed by Jeph Loeb, an iconic comic book writer with a lengthy TV resume. (That resume includes Lost and Heroes, so this could go either way.) There’s more information at Marvel’s website. This thing is still in the early stages, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start writing up a wish list: What Marvel characters need get their own TV show?
My sense is that Loeb will be sifting through Marvel’s huge catalogue of second-string heroes. For one thing, the franchise players are probably worth more as movie fodder. More to the point, Marvel sold off rights to most of their best-known characters long ago (Sony owns Spider-Man, while 20th Century Fox has X-Men locked down). That’s not a bad thing, though. If you ask me, a TV series is perfect for some of the less-powerful characters in Marvel lore, who don’t require epic special effects.
What do you think, PopWatchers? What unknown-but-wonderful Marvel characters would you like to see in TV form? Should Iron Fist get the Smallville treatment?
I think the X-Men would make a great series on television if its done dark and bleak.
Or perhaps Nightcrawler.
20th Fox bought the X-Men rights. They are out.
Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD, it's basically 24 with an eye patch
Iron Fist might be cool
None, sir, I am a DC person.
Were we ever so naïve to not predict the Renaissance of superhero tv series which we live in today? It's a good problem to have (though we need Disney to let Netflix keep a few Marvel series for their awesome sauscesome productions).
Real Music wrote:
The Silver Surfer
I wonder if that would be too CGI heavy for a nonanimated series and that it'd likely have to have a pretty modest budget that it would likely could only receive?
I like your ambitious thinking on this choice though (though I'm not too personally familiar with the character outside those two failures of the Marvel movies he was featured in this past decade).
I suggested the Silver Surfer because that was one of my favorite Marvel characters back when I was reading comic books back in the 1970s and 1980s.
You are probably right that the budget would be too high for a television series. This is just wishful thinking on my part. I still would love to see it. I wish they would make a Silver Surfer movie one day that features the Silver Surfer and Galactus in some far away galaxies and planets. The CGI and special effects would be amazing.
The Fantastic Four film that brought in the Silver Surfer was a priority for me. Then, to me, the film was a dismal thing that I eventually lost interest watching. They have a great character they barely know how to use.
I totally agree. They could have done so much more with the Silver Surfer character. I was most disappointed in how we never really got to see Galactus. If they had put more money into the movie to really see Galactus, I could only imagine how amazing that would have looked on the big screen.
game of throne.
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Howard the Duck, but it must be nothing like the shitty film.
I used to collect Howard the Duck comics.
Me too. I really liked the character.