Marvel Studios plans to exploit unknown heroes -- The studio will likely spotlight characters less familiar than Spider-Man or X-Men

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)
2005 movie
  • Movie
  • 106 minutes