Marvel Studios plans to exploit unknown heroes
No matter the box office firepower of Fantastic Four, Marvel Studios will continue to exploit its roster of 5,000 characters in coming years. Expect a spotlight on heroes less familiar to mainstream audiences than Spider-Man or the X-Men, though sequels to both are on the way, as is a Wolverine spin-off.
Next summer brings Ghost Rider, with Nicolas Cage playing a biker who morphs into a flaming-skulled demon of vengeance, and Mark Steven Johnson, director of the Marvel-based Daredevil, behind the camera. Also in the works are projects featuring Iron Man, Captain America, the Black Widow, and Nick Fury. ”I think a great deal of the public doesn’t realize the full richness of this universe yet,” says X-Men screenwriter David Hayter, who’s returning to the comic world with Marvel’s Iron Man — ”a handsome, flawed, alcoholic billionaire with a suit that’s basically a fighter jet? That seems like a pretty good movie.” Maybe, but you kind of lost us at the fighter jet suit.
Fantastic Four (2005)