26 May 2006

Pajama Party Update - Avi Arad on Marvel Sequels

From Avi Arad, some updates on Marvel properties in development:

Spider-Man 3 (04 May 2007)

"This is definitely a '3' in terms of scale. Movie one was origin, movie two was, 'I cannot do it anymore,' and movie three is, 'I'm powerful, what does that do to me?"

Regarding Venom: "I don't know about Venom, I know about Topher Grace!....The black suit is a metaphor for Spidey's mental state. In Spider-Man 2 we wanted him to put the suit back on; here we'll want him to take it off. He cannot be the Peter we want him to be unless he takes the suit off...."

Fantastic Four 2 (15 June 2007)

"It's a couple of years later and we get to see what their life is like. What else is there for them to accomplish, what issues are in their lives, where's Doom?"

Regarding Galactus: "They'll be some pretty big surprises. What we're trying to do is not to show him, but to show someone else, initially."

Hulk 2 aka The Incredible Hulk (Summer 2008)

"It's still a study in anger. It's more a love story between Bruce and Betty. It has the feel of The Fugitive, and Bruce is on a mission to get rid of the Hulk. When you see the Abomination, you'll see something really special.


Anyways, what the heck is Warner Brothers doing? Marvel is totally riding the comic book movie wave (which in fairness they basically started), while DC is just getting their second entry out this summer with Superman Returns. So far, Marvel has release, 3 X-Men films, 2 Spidermen, Daredevil, Elektra, 3 Blades, Hulk, Punisher, and Fantastic Four. Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3, and Fantastic Four 2 are all going to be out by the end of next year, and by the same time DC will still only have Batman Begins, and Superman Returns. Now I recognize that quality is important, but it seems that DC is missing a big opportunity to get their heroes out there. By the time Flash, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern get made, cinema will have moved on to the next big thing after the Marvel factory has scrapped the bottom of the barrel for more properties to produce (Ant-Man, Power Pack, Nick Fury). I want DC to get things right, but I think they could be a tad bit more aggressive with their schedule.

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