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Marvel Planning To Release Short Films?

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Posted June 21, 2010 - By Joseph Baxter

Marvel Planning To Release Short Films?

It seems that Marvel may be planning to throw a big curve-ball in the realm of its comic book films that could give some of the "B-Team" of its roster a chance to finally shine in theaters alongside their A-List brethren. According to Latino Review, a trusted source is telling them that the recently-unified Marvel/Disney juggernaut are planning to make a series of 10-minute feature films starring "secondary" Marvel heroes like (by their example,) Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Dr. Strange.

The Marvel Universe of the big screen continues to grow at a rapid rate. While it's been a legacy of mega-hits (Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men,) it's also no stranger to the concept of fail. (Daredevil, Ang Lee's Hulk, and just about any Punisher movie.) The idea of short films was actually discussed a few months ago on CHUD. However, if LR's source is telling the truth, then it could have the potential to change the model by which comic films are released. It could be an excellent opportunity to not only expand the consistent canon of the Marvel Movie Universe that we're finally seeing take shape in the Avengers movies, but it could also be a helpful way for the studio to gauge the ever-changing moods and tastes of the movie-going audience. If you're a studio who's not willing to risk $150 million to find out if people would pay to see -- let's say, Moon Knight at theaters, then a far less risky $20-40 million venture of a 10-minute short would seem like a great compromise between a money-making project and fanboy placation.

While this is still very much just a rumor, it actually makes the field of comic films a potentially more lively place where the possibilities are nearly endless. The thought of going to the theater to catch not only a feature, but the latest "Marvel Short" evokes a very old-school kind of feel to a time (long before my time, I might add,) when a trip to the theater was an event filled with original short films and cartoons rather than just the same old trailers we see online and on TV. They're always talking about revving-up the movie industry, well this would be a nice start!

Source: Latino Review

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