The folks at Marvel got everyone fired up when they started creating short films to bundle with their DVD releases for Phase One, and the buzz reached a fever pitch with the extremely awesome Item 47 that is packaged with The Avengers. But don't think that means we'll get to meet some tier-two heroes in future shorts, because a Marvel exec says that's not in the cards. So why not?
In an interview with Film Junkies, Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito talked about the success they've had with the shorts, which have typically focused on S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way dealing with situations between the tentpole films.
When asked if they plan to introduce any established superheroes via the shorts, D'Esposito said it's a cool idea—but just not one that's logistically feasible:
"I love Black Panther, he is one of my favorite characters. But before we have a filmmaker on board, it is difficult to do anything. Because we want to involve them in the processes such as casting or design issues or even other areas for which one hires a director. So if we have a director on board and knew that we would turn Black Panther or Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel or whatever for a figure that is, then we would do maybe. But right now it is logistically a difficult hurdle."It makes sense, and if there's any chance that hero could eventually pop up on the big screen (even in eventual Phases 3-4), you wouldn't want to establish them with a no-name actor, and then stick a potential director with a casting choice they have no control over.
What do you think? Have you enjoyed the shorts up to this point, or do you wish they'd just take the plunge and introduce us to some minor heroes?