Marvel Studios' stable of superheroes has picked up three more characters.
Just last week we heard from Marvel Studios president of production (and Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind) Kevin Feige that Daredevil's film rights had officially reverted back to Marvel after years at Twentieth Century Fox. Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly on the future of Marvel Studios, Feige has dropped the names of three more heroes who are back home.
According to Feige and EW, the rights to Ghost Rider, the Punisher and Blade have all reverted to Marvel Studios after years at Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate and New Line Cinema, respectively. According to EW's print edition report, via Comic Book Movie's Mark Julian, Marvel Studios is definitely interested in giving feature films to characters who have not yet had Marvel standalone flicks as the company rolls out "Phase 3" of its ambitious linked movie universe. But according to Feige, we shouldn't take that to mean that all three of these characters (or even Daredevil) are due for a new movie just yet.
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it's usually because the other studios don't want to make the movies anymore - and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received," Feige said. "They all have potential, but we're not going to say, 'We got it back - make it!'"
Feige has a point. All three of those characters have had varying degrees of success in past films, with Blade having the best luck of the bunch. But could Marvel Studios make these characters viable again with the right talent? What do you think? Is it time to start dreaming of reboots for these characters, or should they sit in the vault a while?