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Expect more Marvel on TV in the Future


By Rob M .Worley     December 30, 2009
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Disney says to expect more Marvel on TV in the future. Plus: 'Scott Pilgrim' actor praises comics. Marvel EIC praises films. 'Swamp Thing' script now online. That's all we got as we wend through the holiday slow-down in your Comics2Film 9.12.30!




Mania Cross-Link: While many shows are on Holiday hiatus, fans of the kid-friendly 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' can catch a new episode this Friday. We've got details and over 15 images from the episode "Revenge of The Reach" featuring Blue Beetle. Check it out!



SWAMP THING Script Now Online

When producer Joel Silver took the reigns of the 'Swamp Thing' franchise, the first order of business was to hire comics creator Len Wein to pen the screenplay. Wein, of course, created the character for DC Comics and his take on the character was meant to bring it back to its horror roots, and steer away from the campier version that had been seen in film and TV of the 80s and 90s.

In recent months Silver had made some positive remarks about the future of the production, that it was definitely being worked on and that he sees it as a 3D movie. We took that as a positive sign that Wein's script was going to be used for the film.

However, a draft of the screenplay dated 2003 has turned up as a download on MyPDFScripts. We're not sure what this means for Wein's take on the film but this seems to be an indication that it is no longer in play.



Expect More Marvel on TV

The Associated Press ran an analysis piece on the impending Disney/Marvel merger.

Comics2Film and Comicscape both lent expert advice to the writer of the article, who was hoping to get a handle on which Marvel characters Disney is likely to exploit. We mentioned Doctor Strange and The Runaways as to properties that have been discussed for development recently.

Perhaps the most interesting nugget of info to be found in the report is thatDisney CEO Bob Iger has said that they aim to dig deep into the library and develop smaller scale franchises for TV.

"Instead of making a $200 million movie and kind of betting the farm on one character, you can develop a television pilot, a television series," Iger told analysts this month.

Given that Disney has several television outlets, that could mean a lot more lesser-known Marvel characters headed for the small screen.

Thanks to Wiseguy, AntoBlueberry and fft5305 for the submission.



Schwartzman likes them SCOTT PILGRIM Comics

Actor Jason Schwartzman appears in next year's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' as one of the evil ex-boyfriends the title character must battle. MTV Splash Page asked the actor about his familiarity with Bryan Lee O'Malley's books. While actors in comic-based films are often nonchalant about the comics themselves, this was not the case with Schwartzman.

"Edgar Wright had told me about the comics well in advance of us working on [the film]," Schwartzman told MTV News. "I began to read them then. They go by like a movie. It goes by so quickly and it's exciting and it's so well illustrated. Bryan Lee O'Malley, who is the creator of it, possesses an uber-talent."

C2F only started reading the books after filming on Edgar Wright's movie commenced and we've quickly become smitten with them. We have had difficulty securing a copy of the fifth volume in the series, but eagerly await it, the final sixth volume, and the movie as well.



Quesada Likes IRON MAN 2, Praises THOR Direction

"I've actually seen a rough cut of ['Iron Man 2'], and it's going to be good," Marvel EIC Joe Quesada told MTV News. "[Don] Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect? I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine — and he does kick some major ass."

The chief also reiterated past remarks that director Kenneth Branagh will do 'Thor' justice.

"I've sat through the story meetings and sat with Branagh. The character is in tremendous hands," Quesada said. "Branagh understand the mythology and what he doesn't understand, he's asking questions about — in particular, the comic book mythology. He's really immersed himself in it. It's going to be pretty epic, and regardless of what you think it's going to be, it's going to surprise people. It's an interesting piece for a superhero movie. It's going to change the conventions of the superhero movie."

Quesada made his remarks to MTV at the opening night of "Marvelous Color," a new art exhibit in Manhattan highlighting Marvel's history of prominent African-American characters such as War Machine, Luke Cage and Black Panther, the latter of which is a favorite of the EIC's. 



And Then...

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AntoBlueberry 12/30/2009 7:16:03 AM

For people who wonder why Superman wears short on the outside, you can see the reason in that video. That cameltoe would be really embarssing for a Man of Steel.

Wiseguy 12/30/2009 9:54:50 AM

I love to hear Joe Q talking THOR it gets me excited, not that kind of excited. Thor having mythology and magic elements makes for a pretty unique superhero and to do it right I think is what Joe Q is referring to when he says Branagh will change the conventions of a superhero movie. At least that's what I think and  for one I'm glad  cause even though I want realism as far as emotions, reactions and interactions of characters I don't want "reality", we get enough of that already and we only get a couple of comic book movies a year if we're lucky

I like Iger's thinking as far as Marvel goes. I'd love to see some tv series based on B, C and even D listers. Make them relevant then we can move them to feature films. The possibilities are endless  with all the Marvel characters. Maybe we can have an only Marvel channel down the line, the Hulk and Spiderman tv series, all the different cartoon series and all the recent Marvel films, I may never leave the house

redhairs99 12/30/2009 11:11:49 AM

WOW! What the hell was the point of the video?  And what's with all the moaning and animal sounds?

Cheesey1 12/30/2009 11:30:52 AM

Agreed Wiseguy, an all Marvel channel would be luverly, or dare I say Marvelous...

jfdavis 12/30/2009 12:31:46 PM

A Marvel channel would be awesome. 

With all the hype both IM2 and Thor have been getting lately, I'm starting to get worried they may not be as good as they seem to be...

Cheesey1 12/30/2009 1:02:51 PM

JF, I don't get the impression that they won't be fantastic films. The IM2 teaser was great and I'm interested to see what secrets the Stark family has been hiding (I won't even mention War Machine). I think Vanko will be a great villain and I know he's going to have a proper suit at some point in the film. I really think that it's going to be better than IM1 and Thor is going to be out of this world cool. We're going to have Thor smashing things with Mjolnir, Asgard, Odin, Loki, magic, immortality, continuity, that good old Marvel vibe, a large budget, top notch special effects, sweet costumes and proper sets. Not to mention a great cast and a quality director.

Jasinner 12/30/2009 1:07:04 PM

I'm not sure about Len Wein writing the screenplay for Swamp Thing. Sure he created the character, but Alan Moore wrote the definitive run on him. If they want to franchise it I could see Wein's origin then hand it over to someone like Timur Beckmambetov for all the existential Alan Moore stuff.

jfdavis 12/30/2009 1:13:17 PM

Yes, the IM2 trailer was awesome so I'm pretty sure it'll rock. Yes, with everything they're throwing into Thor it's hard to believe it'll be anything but awesome but it almost seems to good to be true. I'm anxious to see both.

Mayhem101878 12/30/2009 1:30:55 PM

Ok first off WTF was up with that video I mean it had potential to be semidecent with the suit exploding at the end but nooooo the dude just walks to the camera LAME

I would love to see more Marvel stuff on the TV Who knows maybe Disney could even do something with Howard the Duck as opposed to the horrible film that came out all those years ago. Power Pack would be interesting to see as well as Dr. Strange. I could possibly see something like Smallville but with a Marvel character like maybe Luke Cage or Iron fist or even both

I for one can't wait for Thor or Iron Man2 although I'm still upset that they haven't released a good picture of Black Widow in costume I want to see a full body shot not one of her croutching down

Ozymandas 12/30/2009 2:33:26 PM

Pumped for the Thor movie.

Now on to Inflatable Superman:

1) More weird than funny. I was disappointed he didn't blow up in the end.

2) If you check out the next clip, you can see the same guy wearing Supes' red trunks as well, but they are just stills.

3) I couldn't help but be reminded of the pre-Crisis Superman books where Supey could stretch his cape around a whole planet if he needed to. Makes the clip above seem much less rediculous by comparison.

4) Where the heck does one go to get such a suit?

5) Methinks the lad has some kind of inflatable fetish. In the 2nd clip he's wearing a black outfit with a ski mask and pixelates [sp?] his face when he's in the Superman get-up. Creepy!

6) Baldy needs to get to work on his inflatable Spider-Man costume. The Marvel Network has slots to fill!

7) What I would have given to be waiting off-camera. With a pin.

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