What a great time to be a comic book movie fan! 2011 will undoubtedly be the most important year for superhero films; ever. Who would’ve thought that a little over ten years after Bryan Singer’s X-Men revitalized Hollywood’s interest in super-powered crime fighters, we would be getting a summer filled with big-budget blockbusters that won’t showcase Batman, Superman or Spider-Man.
Marvel Studios has their one-two combo of Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America scheduled to be released only two months apart. DC Entertainment isn’t sitting around waiting for Chris Nolan to finish off his Batman trilogy; their epic space adventure Green Lantern will be released right between the two Marvel films. Think of it as the cream in a superhero Oreo cookie (I f*cking love Oreos).
After getting over the sheer excitement that these films are actually becoming a reality, you should take a step back and understand the inevitable risk that both studios are taking. Marvel Studios has close to a billion dollars vested into their first three independent projects, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 already released plus their two currently in production. Thor and Captain America are the final two pieces to their Avengers movie puzzle; a film that fans that could revolutionize the ensemble cast standard. If, for whatever reason, these films don’t dominate their respective release timeframes and fail to meet certain set box office expectations, it’s very likely Marvel will be hesitant to go full force on the The Avenger.
I am not a comic book fan, but I am a fan of movies like these. However, the Marvel movies and plans for The Avengers movie sound so much more incredible than what DC has planned. The casting, directors (Kenneth Branagh as director for Thor was an inspired choice, I think) for the Marvel movies show so much more potential than the choices for the Green Lantern movie. I like too that the leads for those movies are not the big box office draws that DC relies on. Let’s face it, there isn’t enough Christopher Nolan to spread around into every movie DC wants to launch to spread the success of TDK around. So yeah, Team Marvel all the way!!
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