By Lynette Rice
Updated March 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Marvel Studios, the home of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk plans to bulk up its ranks — and generate ideas — by hiring a handful of screenwriters to participate in an in-house writers program, an insider confirms to EW. (Deadline Hollywood Daily first reported the story.) The plan is to have scribes (possibly including comic-book writers, who are encouraged to apply) write exclusively for Marvel during the one-year term of the gig and give the studio right of first refusal on any of their past or near-future projects.