Marvel Studios is exploring ways to adapt some of its lesser characters into movies while it proceeds to build its more famous franchises—such as the upcoming Iron Man 2—toward The Avengers.
That's the report on CHUD:
Marvel Studios is currently taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters. The movies would cost in the range of 20 to 40 million dollars (very small when we're talking studio films) and would allow them to take risks with less obvious characters and with interesting talent.
Filmmakers are being offered their pick of characters whose names are only familiar to comic fans. Properties like Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler and Power Pack are among the many that are being tossed around right now. And the attitude seems to be that Marvel is open to bringing any of their characters to the screen at the right price point. ...
Who knows what will be the first small film announced; Marvel has been meeting with people for some time now, and I don't think they're going to wait for The Avengers to be released before they start planning the next phase. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a smaller film was being developed alongside The Avengers.
This could work out: I mean, whoever heard of Blade before those movies hit?
Marvel estimates it owns more than 5,000 heroes, villains, places, etc. We know we'd pay money to see a new Dr. Strange movie. Which Marvel hero would you like to see adapted to film?