The Big Picture: Wrongs & Rights

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Pat Hulse:

Vausch:
So, here's a question: Why can't the studios collaborate? Y'know, like they all go "Okay we'll make the movie and divide the gross 3 ways and split the budget 3 ways. Each of us invests 60 to 100 million, each of us is almost guaranteed to get that back and then some".

Oversimplification is now done, let's see how I'm out of touch!

Actually, there's not a whole lot of reason why they can't, other than general unwillingness. Sony doesn't want to have to submit to Marvel Studios' mandates regarding their continuity (and to share more of the profits in order to do so), and Marvel makes money whether or not they make the movie in-studio.

What we'll have to wait and see is whether or not Avengers has raised the expectations of movie-going audiences such that they won't want to see a Marvel movie that DOESN'T take place in the larger universe. In other words, if Amazing Spider-Man fails, we will either see Marvel Studios getting many of their rights back, or Sony and Fox will start actively collaborating.

Of course, there's a chance that Disney will discourage any such collaboration, seeing Sony and Fox as competitors.

So yeah. It's not just about money. It's about whether or not the studios can make MORE money through collaboration and whether or not that extra money is worth sharing IP's (something Disney has never been eager to do).

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So, in other words, if the upcoming Marvel's don't do well the odds of them getting their universes shared would increase? Well, I'm pretty sure Spiderman is going to suck anyway so no loss there.

I know Disney's evil but you'd think the prospect of "share the risk and potential huge income or get a blame figure if things go wrong" wouldn't be something they could pass up.

I keep praying that Fox backs down on the next Daredevil. That way we can get a Heroes For Hire movie with him, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Sad that the Iron Fist movie Marvel was rumored to be working on years ago never got anywhere, Ray Parks would have been the lead.

To Marvel: The Avengers just made piles of money, put it to use buying your rights back

Dr.Strange would be the perfect new hero he kinda has the magic thing covered and we really need some form of magic user. Thor uses it a little bit but not as much as Strange. They could also introduce the Infinity Gems in the same movie, assuming they go The Infinity Gauntlet. (But who uses Thanos in a movie without his signature weapon?)

Namor would be my second choice as he just seems awesome, but I am sad to hear that the movie rights to him are a little "grey".

I liked Green Lantern more than Batman beginnings 0-o

Crazy_Dude:
Dr.Strange would be the perfect new hero he kinda has the magic thing covered and we really need some form of magic user. Thor uses it a little bit but not as much as Strange. They could also introduce the Infinity Gems in the same movie, assuming they go The Infinity Gauntlet. (But who uses Thanos in a movie without his signature weapon?).

I believe he should be introduced in the next movie, since none of the actual cast seems like a match for the next likely villain

however, I am not sure a movie stared only by him could be sustained. Magic as a superpower is always pretty hard to write about, and we could end up with a new Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Kumagawa Misogi:

The Great JT:
"...aside from Batman, Warner Bros. seems to really suck at this."

This just in, Bob has made a massive understatement. Film at 11.

Warner just have to say "Bruce Timm here's $300 million make us an awesome justice league movie" and it's done.

They already did. It's called "Justice League: New Frontier."

Vausch:

Pat Hulse:

Vausch:
So, here's a question: Why can't the studios collaborate? Y'know, like they all go "Okay we'll make the movie and divide the gross 3 ways and split the budget 3 ways. Each of us invests 60 to 100 million, each of us is almost guaranteed to get that back and then some".

Oversimplification is now done, let's see how I'm out of touch!

Actually, there's not a whole lot of reason why they can't, other than general unwillingness. Sony doesn't want to have to submit to Marvel Studios' mandates regarding their continuity (and to share more of the profits in order to do so), and Marvel makes money whether or not they make the movie in-studio.

What we'll have to wait and see is whether or not Avengers has raised the expectations of movie-going audiences such that they won't want to see a Marvel movie that DOESN'T take place in the larger universe. In other words, if Amazing Spider-Man fails, we will either see Marvel Studios getting many of their rights back, or Sony and Fox will start actively collaborating.

Of course, there's a chance that Disney will discourage any such collaboration, seeing Sony and Fox as competitors.

So yeah. It's not just about money. It's about whether or not the studios can make MORE money through collaboration and whether or not that extra money is worth sharing IP's (something Disney has never been eager to do).

]

So, in other words, if the upcoming Marvel's don't do well the odds of them getting their universes shared would increase? Well, I'm pretty sure Spiderman is going to suck anyway so no loss there.

I know Disney's evil but you'd think the prospect of "share the risk and potential huge income or get a blame figure if things go wrong" wouldn't be something they could pass up.

Basically, yes. If ASM sucks and does poorly in the box office, it's plausible that Sony will scrap its plans for a sequel and try and sell the license back to Disney while it's still worth something.

And unfortunately, Disney could get a potential huge income from a collaborative work, or they could just get a small income from a failed work done by Fox or Sony (since Marvel still makes money from those movies) and then get the rights back and make an even bigger income from an in-house production that doesn't suck. The only thing they risk going the latter route is whether audiences will get sick of the properties themselves or just sick of studios other than Marvel making Marvel movies. They potentially stand to gain a lot more if they let the other studios fail. And if the other studios don't fail, they still make money off of it. There's not a lot of incentive for them to collaborate with competing studios that they already make money off of through the licensing deal. It's not so much evil as a rational business decision (though those two things are often hard to distinguish).

Shadowstar38:
This also means that sense Fox owns mutants we'll never get a good Deadpool movie ;_;

Except that Deadpool is not a mutant, he was given mutant powers through the Weapon X program, but hes not a mutant.

Might be enough to wrestle him off of Fox for his movie.

It occurs to me...it's probably for the best that it would be too difficult to get more characters.

Avengers was so awesome because it built relationships. All the characters have interesting interactions with each other, friendships, rivalries and the like. So we have 6 heroes, Fury, and bad guys. They also pretty much built up Hawkeye and Black Widow as movie characters from scratch, and managed to make them hold there own in awesomeness next to the rest of them. I think they should continue this dynamic. Adding more characters would just distract you from an incredibly good dynamic.

Also, here's a consideration that might switch around the math in terms of buying IP rights. I bet that The Hulk movies, Captain America, Thor, and even Iron Man are all seeing a resurgence in DVD sales, rentals and the like. I think Hollywood might discover that realistically, the owners of something like Spiderman, Daredevil or the like might as well offer to pay for the right to have there characters put in the next Avengers movie. Wanna bet that more people would see a new, say, Daredevil movie if people recognized him from Avengers? Instead of making a new Fantastic Four movie that tanks to keep the rights, perhaps they pay a small sum of money to put Fantastic Four in the next Avengers, and release THEIR movie a month or so later, and watch as legions of Avengers fans flock to their movie, even if it sucks, to eek a little more out of the universe they have come to love? Like bob said, this movie continuity is an experiment, and I suspect that changing dynamics in the business end might be an unintended consequence.

I'm probably not alone on thinking that Black Widow, Hawkeye, or Black Widow and Hawkeye would make a pretty awesome movie. I'm probably pretty close to alone when I say that I think the new Spiderman looks like it could actually be pretty decent. I mean, it kind of looks like it goes back to the web slinger being a technological invention, not a mutant power. That's something, right? Right guy? Guys...?

Hmmm... Maybe this is why the X-Men events in comics are usually more self-contained when related to the rest of the Marvel universe?

I would debate the use of the word 'cohesive' when refering to Marvel or DC... (see, for example, the 'comics are weird' posts...)

Though I already knew Spiderman and Woverine couldn't be in The Avengers....It's still a shame, isn't it? They'd fit right in.

Now I'm wondering who CAN be added to the Avengers. Next week, Bob! Get on it! Let's get some more continanity.

Wow, the first useful and informative video from Movie Bob. Congratulations.

TheEnglishman:
From what I heard, The Punisher has gone back to Marvel. Movies didn't make that much money (second one was okay though) and there are no plans for another one by other studios.

Not sure how or if they'll use him considering the deal with Disney is that the movies must be PG-13.

I think they also got Blade back at the same time, or maybe it is considered inevitable that Marvel will get the rights back since the actor will be in jail for longer then the expiration of the contract.

Pat Hulse:

Basically, yes. If ASM sucks and does poorly in the box office, it's plausible that Sony will scrap its plans for a sequel and try and sell the license back to Disney while it's still worth something.

And unfortunately, Disney could get a potential huge income from a collaborative work, or they could just get a small income from a failed work done by Fox or Sony (since Marvel still makes money from those movies) and then get the rights back and make an even bigger income from an in-house production that doesn't suck. The only thing they risk going the latter route is whether audiences will get sick of the properties themselves or just sick of studios other than Marvel making Marvel movies. They potentially stand to gain a lot more if they let the other studios fail. And if the other studios don't fail, they still make money off of it. There's not a lot of incentive for them to collaborate with competing studios that they already make money off of through the licensing deal. It's not so much evil as a rational business decision (though those two things are often hard to distinguish).

Hahahahaa! LOL!
To Paraphrase Fox
We'll Make Strait to DVD movies before we let Disney and Marvel have the rights back! They'll have to rip them out of our cold dead hands.

I suppose that means Deadpool is owned by Fox as well... which makes me sad.

medv4380:

Pat Hulse:

Basically, yes. If ASM sucks and does poorly in the box office, it's plausible that Sony will scrap its plans for a sequel and try and sell the license back to Disney while it's still worth something.

And unfortunately, Disney could get a potential huge income from a collaborative work, or they could just get a small income from a failed work done by Fox or Sony (since Marvel still makes money from those movies) and then get the rights back and make an even bigger income from an in-house production that doesn't suck. The only thing they risk going the latter route is whether audiences will get sick of the properties themselves or just sick of studios other than Marvel making Marvel movies. They potentially stand to gain a lot more if they let the other studios fail. And if the other studios don't fail, they still make money off of it. There's not a lot of incentive for them to collaborate with competing studios that they already make money off of through the licensing deal. It's not so much evil as a rational business decision (though those two things are often hard to distinguish).

Hahahahaa! LOL!
To Paraphrase Fox
We'll Make Strait to DVD movies before we let Disney and Marvel have the rights back! They'll have to rip them out of our cold dead hands.

That's mostly because Fox is still making money from the X-Men franchise, and frankly, X-Men doesn't need to be a part of the MCU continuity to have continuity-based films because X-Men already includes a massive roster to choose from. For example, if they decide to move forward with the Deadpool movie, they could involve Colossus (this was a part of the original leaked draft from a couple years ago).

They might still be able to pull off a decent Fantastic Four movie now that Josh Trank is involved. Don't know if they'll try to fit it in with the X-Men continuity, though.

They might be close to running out the clock on Daredevil. It's been about 7 years since "Elektra" and the word is that they're having a lot of trouble pulling another DD movie together as quickly as they planned. They might churn out a stinker just for the sake of keeping the license, but it becomes a question of "is it really worth the production costs to keep a license that isn't making us any money?"

Daredevil and Fantastic Four could still possibly revert back, but X-Men probably never will.

And to be quite honest, that's not so bad. If you follow Marvel Comics, you'd know that all the X-Men do is make the continuity really really confusing. It might be best that they be kept separate.

Xanadu84:
Also, here's a consideration that might switch around the math in terms of buying IP rights. I bet that The Hulk movies, Captain America, Thor, and even Iron Man are all seeing a resurgence in DVD sales, rentals and the like. I think Hollywood might discover that realistically, the owners of something like Spiderman, Daredevil or the like might as well offer to pay for the right to have there characters put in the next Avengers movie. Wanna bet that more people would see a new, say, Daredevil movie if people recognized him from Avengers? Instead of making a new Fantastic Four movie that tanks to keep the rights, perhaps they pay a small sum of money to put Fantastic Four in the next Avengers, and release THEIR movie a month or so later, and watch as legions of Avengers fans flock to their movie, even if it sucks, to eek a little more out of the universe they have come to love? Like bob said, this movie continuity is an experiment, and I suspect that changing dynamics in the business end might be an unintended consequence.

I'm probably not alone on thinking that Black Widow, Hawkeye, or Black Widow and Hawkeye would make a pretty awesome movie. I'm probably pretty close to alone when I say that I think the new Spiderman looks like it could actually be pretty decent. I mean, it kind of looks like it goes back to the web slinger being a technological invention, not a mutant power. That's something, right? Right guy? Guys...?

That would be AWESOME! But... Movie executives, like music executives, aren't much for rational and creative behavior. They are more the petty and short-term vision type, that would rather not see the others make money when they can stop them from making it, even if it means letting an investment opportunity go, such as that one. It would just be too smart a move for them.

I also think the Spider-Man movie will not suck, but I think it will most certainly not be one of the better movies of the summer, the bars been set quite high. I like the creative team, but everything around that movie stinks.

Pat Hulse:

medv4380:

Hahahahaa! LOL!
To Paraphrase Fox
We'll Make Strait to DVD movies before we let Disney and Marvel have the rights back! They'll have to rip them out of our cold dead hands.

That's mostly because Fox is still making money from the X-Men franchise, and frankly, X-Men doesn't need to be a part of the MCU continuity to have continuity-based films because X-Men already includes a massive roster to choose from. For example, if they decide to move forward with the Deadpool movie, they could involve Colossus (this was a part of the original leaked draft from a couple years ago).

They might still be able to pull off a decent Fantastic Four movie now that Josh Trank is involved. Don't know if they'll try to fit it in with the X-Men continuity, though.

They might be close to running out the clock on Daredevil. It's been about 7 years since "Elektra" and the word is that they're having a lot of trouble pulling another DD movie together as quickly as they planned. They might churn out a stinker just for the sake of keeping the license, but it becomes a question of "is it really worth the production costs to keep a license that isn't making us any money?"

Daredevil and Fantastic Four could still possibly revert back, but X-Men probably never will.

And to be quite honest, that's not so bad. If you follow Marvel Comics, you'd know that all the X-Men do is make the continuity really really confusing. It might be best that they be kept separate.

A bad movie can be turned out in a couple weeks for far less, and it would keep the right in their hands. These people Hate Disney, and apart from Marvel changing the Comic Movie landscape with Avengers so that Fox and Friends can never many any money off of them. Most of the licences Marvel got back were due to Studio Collapses like MGM. Though, they may forget some of the more obscure titles, but the more Marvel reminds people that they can make money they get reminded of what they bought.

TheEnglishman:
From what I heard, The Punisher has gone back to Marvel. Movies didn't make that much money (second one was okay though) and there are no plans for another one by other studios.

Not sure how or if they'll use him considering the deal with Disney is that the movies must be PG-13.

If the movies have to be PG-13 then they may just have to sit on Castle. It's too bad because I really loved War Zone but I'd rather they sit him out until Avengers: Civil War than try to soften his image.

This is the first I heard about Amazing Spider-Man 2 being announced. I'm actually kind of excited to see ASM now just to see if it's hilariously bad or just bad-bad.

It's nice to have an explanation of why we wont get an epic spider-man / avengers cross over.

Still while the Avengers was AWESOME x9000, I have trouble imagining them adding more characters without removing some. The movie was paced well, but what would have happened if you had to explain how 3 more people fit into the team dynamic? Or if you had to try and find some sliver of time to hammer out the reasons why they wouldn't to create tension?

Obviously Avengers showed us anything is possible, but I still find it being super difficult.

bahumat42:
Marvel already has a magic man who isn't white, i give you brother voodoo , who is a bit of a badass.

But doesn't it seem like "brother voodoo" is a little bit... stereotypical? If he's black, he must go by "brother." If he's black and into magic, it must be "voodoo." In trying to make culturally-relevant references, the primarily-white writers of these stories almost can't help boiling them down into caricatures...

Unfortunately a lot of the other international character for marvel are villains

That's a big problem, actually. A lot of these characters come from a time when that kind of thing still flew under the radar. The world wasn't ready for a minority hero, but we felt they'd be thrilled with minority villains...

aw man, that really sucks :( cuz i really wanted to see them tie the whole mutant thing into their shared universe.
and what about the New Avengers team huh?! comeon! Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Wolverine and The Sentry(i'll let the sentry slide...) you tell me that wouldn't be epic in every sense of the word!

HAHAHAHAHAHA i never knew that about WB!!! That is hilarious news to me. X) my friends are gonna get a kick out of that. Thanks Bob

Thankyou bob. Thank you so much. I hopefully won't have to explain to another person on the site WHY spiderman is not in the Avengers. There was just so much of it it was getting out of hand. You know when i try to explain movie rights to people offline they don't beleive me; they seem to think all IP rights still sit with the 'creators' rather than them being able to be bought, sold, blocked and sat-on at will.

And wider IP law is even harder to explain to people, especially Game IP law, which i think is so far in the toilet it can smell the sea.

Shotgun Guy:
Not sure how true it is but I think Dr. Strange is a very likely candidate, however I don't think they'd risk making him a different ethnicity, I'll let Donald Glover tell you why (starts at about 1:00).

Interesting to me, though, that it'd be okay (and hilarious) for Michael Cera to play Shaft. You could play that for laughs, because "haha, fish out of water!" But if you tried to play, say, a black Spiderman for laughs, that would likely cause mass outrage. The treatment of these things is so all-over-the-map...

But I stand by a black Dr. Strange. With the right casting and writing, the difference would really only matter to the kind of people those kinds of differences matter to. And if it's important to some people that we have a few more minority heroes, why not? And if it's important to some people that we don't have minority heroes, why would we listen to that sort?

The world survived a black Heimdall (Thor), and a black Nick Fury. Would an Indian, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian, Malaysian, or black Dr. Strange really end the world?

I personally would really like to see a movie adaptation of "1602".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_1602

... but it will probably never happen.

medv4380:

Pat Hulse:

medv4380:

Hahahahaa! LOL!
To Paraphrase Fox
We'll Make Strait to DVD movies before we let Disney and Marvel have the rights back! They'll have to rip them out of our cold dead hands.

That's mostly because Fox is still making money from the X-Men franchise, and frankly, X-Men doesn't need to be a part of the MCU continuity to have continuity-based films because X-Men already includes a massive roster to choose from. For example, if they decide to move forward with the Deadpool movie, they could involve Colossus (this was a part of the original leaked draft from a couple years ago).

They might still be able to pull off a decent Fantastic Four movie now that Josh Trank is involved. Don't know if they'll try to fit it in with the X-Men continuity, though.

They might be close to running out the clock on Daredevil. It's been about 7 years since "Elektra" and the word is that they're having a lot of trouble pulling another DD movie together as quickly as they planned. They might churn out a stinker just for the sake of keeping the license, but it becomes a question of "is it really worth the production costs to keep a license that isn't making us any money?"

Daredevil and Fantastic Four could still possibly revert back, but X-Men probably never will.

And to be quite honest, that's not so bad. If you follow Marvel Comics, you'd know that all the X-Men do is make the continuity really really confusing. It might be best that they be kept separate.

A bad movie can be turned out in a couple weeks for far less, and it would keep the right in their hands. These people Hate Disney, and apart from Marvel changing the Comic Movie landscape with Avengers so that Fox and Friends can never many any money off of them. Most of the licences Marvel got back were due to Studio Collapses like MGM. Though, they may forget some of the more obscure titles, but the more Marvel reminds people that they can make money they get reminded of what they bought.

It's hard to know precisely what Fox might do considering we do not know the exact terms of the licensing agreement, but it just may be the case that Fox cannot do a direct-to-video release. After all, there have been a few direct-to-video releases for animated features involving X-Men characters, so I don't know if Fox's movie rights extends to direct-to-video stuff. If that's the case, a theatrical release has to meet certain standards. Even crappy movies still need to have a cast and crew, and if the project is obviously terrible, you'd have to pay people quite a bit to get them interested. No matter what, you'd have to spend millions of dollars. Let's use the laziest comic book movie in recent memory as an example: Jonah Hex.

Jonah Hex was thrown together on a very low budget of about $30 million. There are romantic comedies with higher budgets than this, and odds are most of it went to the actors. It STILL only made about $10 million dollars. WB lost $20 million on a lazy production.

So say Fox plans to put in about as little effort as that. Their executives would have to ask themselves "Do we really want to throw at least $20 million down the drain just so we can keep these rights?"

If the last-minute re-write of the script by Brad Caleb Kane is good enough to keep David Slade interested, and they can find a decent actor who has nothing else to do this year (they typically would have to start principal photography in order to honor the agreement), and nothing else goes awry during the production, they just may be able to pull off a product that could actually make them money, which they are definitely interested in. But if Daredevil won't make them any money, they have no real reason to waste money on keeping the license. They aren't going to spite Disney if it means losing them millions of dollars, part of which would GO to Disney, defeating the supposed purpose of childishly sitting on the license.

It is possible that Fox can get away with making a live action direct-to-video movie, but all that would do is make the IP even less valuable and make any future endeavors even more difficult to pull together, all the while costing them money.

I just want to be in the meeting with these suits discussing the categorization of comic book characters.

Dastardly:

bahumat42:
Marvel already has a magic man who isn't white, i give you brother voodoo , who is a bit of a badass.

But doesn't it seem like "brother voodoo" is a little bit... stereotypical? If he's black, he must go by "brother." If he's black and into magic, it must be "voodoo." In trying to make culturally-relevant references, the primarily-white writers of these stories almost can't help boiling them down into caricatures...

Unfortunately a lot of the other international character for marvel are villains

That's a big problem, actually. A lot of these characters come from a time when that kind of thing still flew under the radar. The world wasn't ready for a minority hero, but we felt they'd be thrilled with minority villains...

il grant you its a bit stereotypical but it is where voodoo comes from, and to explore that avenue of mysticism he'd be the best avenue for that. (different styles of magic have different rules and challenges, its why no two magic based books have to be the same). The brother thing might be a bit cheesy, but most of marvel is cheesy they have a super spy with an eye patch and a whatever the hell scarlet witch wears on her head.

image i mean what is it even supposed to be.

I think that certain parts of the character are usable and positive. He suceeded dr strange that's pretty high power levels right there. In fact they could go the route they went in the comics recently and call him sorcerer supreme (which he was for a while).

Its a fine line to balance between the source material, offending people, and re-writing stuff. I feel being overly sensitive on certain issues would just result in race swapped characters acting no differently, which i would find worse, (no nick fury is not example, the movie nick fury acts like the ultimate one, not the 616 one, the 616 one actually acts like a spy would lol)

Although you could use goliath

image

Who could fulfill the giant man role, whilst having an actual existing character background to draw from.

Other inspiration could come from the ultimate universe version of the wasp. Whom was asian and acted respectively.

Its a tough issue. And i hope to not have offended anyone too much. Im not great with PC stuff.

SlightlyEvil:
Well, as disappointing as it is that the X-Men and the Avengers can't cross over, I can at least console myself with the fact that First Class was really good. Kind of the exception, though. Other than Spider-Man (which tanked at the third film) or X-Men (which arguably tanked on the third film [I liked it well enough] but definitely tanked on the fourth film), what Marvel movies not produced by Marvel themselves have actually been any good?

Ang Lee's Hulk and Daredevil, IMO.

itchcrotch:
aw man, that really sucks :( cuz i really wanted to see them tie the whole mutant thing into their shared universe.
and what about the New Avengers team huh?! comeon! Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Wolverine and The Sentry(i'll let the sentry slide...) you tell me that wouldn't be epic in every sense of the word!

spider-womans lame :P

really the new avengers lineup never interested me that much, the storytelling was what draw me to the book, it could of been any lineup, so thats why im meh to the idea tbh.

So much legal bs preventing awesome things from happening. This is why I hate copyright and ip laws, and I even studied the damn things as part of my college course. So so stupid.

Dastardly:

Interesting to me, though, that it'd be okay (and hilarious) for Michael Cera to play Shaft. You could play that for laughs, because "haha, fish out of water!" But if you tried to play, say, a black Spiderman for laughs, that would likely cause mass outrage. The treatment of these things is so all-over-the-map...

But I stand by a black Dr. Strange. With the right casting and writing, the difference would really only matter to the kind of people those kinds of differences matter to. And if it's important to some people that we have a few more minority heroes, why not? And if it's important to some people that we don't have minority heroes, why would we listen to that sort?

The world survived a black Heimdall (Thor), and a black Nick Fury. Would an Indian, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian, Malaysian, or black Dr. Strange really end the world?

I think the main reason why something like Cera as Shaft would be okay is because of cultural differences, it's okay to laugh at white people in such a odd place but playing a black Spider-Man for laughs wouldn't work because there is a lot more racial tension in something like that, there are still plenty of people who would laugh at it not out of humor but out of malice, it's a lot more fragile than its counterpart. Which is completely understandable considering the history of both.

Anyway, I think it would have been awesome if Donald Glover had played Spider-Man, it would have made this new film go from 'meh, I'll probably see it' to 'Yeah, I'm seeing it opening night' for me. I'm glad they went with a black Nick Fury, he is way cooler that 616 Marvel white Fury. Also Micheal Clark Duncan as kingpin was one of the few good things about the DareDevil movie.

However I don't really like the idea of a black Dr. Strange and I'm not totally sure why, it just doesn't work for me in theory. I didn't like that Heimdall was black either, to me it felt like they just shoehorned him in there for the sake of diversity, when it really doesn't make sense given the Norse mythology, which honestly seems more racist to me than leaving him white, kinda like 'Awe man, we don't got nearly enough racial diversity in this film, hmm...which character can we turn black?' I want Dr. Strange to stay white, I guess.

Something we can both agree on though is that Marvel really needs to make a Luke Cage movie.

EDIT: I read over your post again, you really wouldn't want to see Luke Cage in a movie?!

I'm sure Warner Bros. will at least attempt a JLA movie now that Avengers conquered the world in like a week. If they don't, they officially don't like money.

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