With The Avengers catapulting Marvel’s heroes to incredible new heights, we’ve identified ten other Marvel teams that should star in their own movies.
Marvel’s announcement that they are abandoning the actually quite fine Marvel Adventures label in favour of tying in with the current animated continuity led by the equally fine Avengers: Earth’s Greatest Heroes, contains a number of lessons that I think the other companies (especially DC) would do well to take heed of.
It certainly makes marketing sense to connect with the cartoon continuity, for as long as it lasts. Looking back to repeated seasons of ‘x’: The Animated Series to X-Men Evolution and the dozen or so iterations of Spider-Man with or without Amazing Friends, one need not expect these tie-ins to stand the test of time, but then again that is hardly the point. By the time whichever current cartoon has outlived its popularity, the young fans should now be older fans that can then explore the greater world of comics.
Maybe the Disneyfication of Marvel will be a good thing!
Looking at the New 52, as the label continues each title is slowly gaining it’s own character, but there remains a certain generic feel to DC’s stable, even what one would assume to be more unique titles such as the Legion of Super-Heroes (which used to have a character all of its very own), and that generic feeling is not what one could define as All Ages. If anything, it is way too reminiscent of the early days of WildStorm.
Having said that, I read an interview with Francis Manapul, the current writer of Flash that rather encouraged me to give the title a chance, although I must confess, the entire Flashpoint event rather led me to abandon the character. Not rational I know, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Although with the releases such as the recent Justice League:Doom that I cannot find fault with, DC needs to continue to pump out some weekly cartoons. The Young Justice series, as good as it is, seems too infrequent, and I long for a return to the halcyon days of Justice League Unlimited. Let’s see more of these.
Oh, and I would be remiss, as long-time readers of this column know, if I didn’t push the fact is it Fantastic Four Day! Woohoo!
Isn’t it about time they had a new cartoon as well?