Friday, July 29, 2011

Never Heard of You Superhero (or, more Avengers)

Growing up I'd occasionally find myself at a baseball card show with my dad. As a young elementary schooler, this was not very much fun. To me I noticed a significant difference from the baseball card crowd and the comic book crowd that sometimes shared the same convention or mall space. (Don't even get me started on the few times there were people with weapons on display).

So, needless to say, I never became a "comic book guy." And despite the popularity of the comic book films that come out, I would venture to say most people in the theater have never touched the comic book associated with the film they're seeing and they're source knowledge is limited.

Now if the stories been told before, then it's a different story. Michael Keaton may be your batman reference, or the X-Men video game for Sega might be your reference, and the movie is an updated reality of a story you've seen before.

And here lies the beauty of a movie like, Iron Man or Thor. These are stories people don't really know and the story gets told as-if for the first time (to a sizable portion of the audience). While fanboys can drool in excitement (or complain in disgust) when they see the movie on opening weekend.

That being said, by Marvel opening up The Avenger universe (or the Marvel Cinematic Univer) through their network of movies (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers, and what ever else follows), opens up a world of unknown characters.

We know that The Avengers film has a spot for Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Mark Ruffalo plays the Hulk.

But here's some other potential Avengers, that I admittedly know NOTHING about. Do any of these, in name alone make you want to see a film about them?

  • Ant-Man (pictured above)
  • Beast
  • Black Knight
  • Black Panther
  • Cable
  • Captain Britain
  • Captain Marvel
  • Dazzler
  • Demolition Man
  • Doctor Druid
  • Dr. Strange
  • Falcon
  • Firebird
  • The Forgotten One
  • Hercules
  • Iron Fist
  • Ka-Zar
  • Living Lightening
  • Luke Cage
  • Mantis
  • Mockingbird
  • Moondragon
  • Moon Knight
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Nighthawk
  • Namor the Sub-Mariner
  • Quasar
  • Quicksilver
  • Rage
  • Scarlet Witch
  • She-Hulk
  • Starfox
  • Stingray
  • Swordsman
  • The Wasp
  • Two-Gun Kid
  • Vision
  • Wonder Man
Not to mention, don't forget the spin-off possibility for solo films for characters already introduced:
  • Black Widow (Natalia Romanova)
  • Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
  • War Machine (James Rhodes)

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