5 Marvel Comics That Should Be Adapted Into Films

Posted on: July 27th, 2012

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5. The Runaways



The Pitch:

Brian K. Vaughans superb teen series that started as a mini and grew into a cult phenomenon, and threw out the most innovative idea comics has had for a while: What if a bunch of powered teens realised their parents were supervillains, didn’t like it and went on the run.

Super-teens, super-fights, super-evil and super-friends and the perfect analogy for teeny, parenty angsty problems when your parents turn out to be genuinely EVIL! This may actually get made and there were rumors optioning it a while back. Here’s why those rumors should totally become facts!

The Hook:

The series featured a group of six kids whose parents routinely met every year for a charity event. One year, the kids spy on their parents and learn they are “the Pride”, a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants.

The kids steal weapons and resources from their parents, and learn they themselves inherited their parents’ powers; Alex Wilder, a prodigy, leads the team while Nico Minoru learns she is a powerful witch, Karolina Dean discovers she is an alien, Gertrude Yorkes learns of her telepathic link to a dinosaur, Chase Stein steals his father’s futuristic gloves, while young Molly Hayes learns she is a mutant with incredible strength. The kids band together and defeat their parents, and atone for the sins of their parents by fighting the new threats trying to fill in the Pride’s void. With the deaths of Alex and Gertrude, they are later joined by cyborg Victor Mancha, shape-shifting Skrull Xavin, and plant-manipulator Klara Prast.

Directing Chops:

Joss Whedon liked this series so much he wrote an arc, and seeing as how he’s an expert at handling large cast with big themes of good and evil it’s a no brainer that the nerd Jebus should be the first name on the Rolodex for directing the

4. Heroes For Hire



The Pitch:

Initially, Heroes for Hire, Inc. was a small business licensed by the state of New York which offered a full line of professional investigation and protection services, the catch being those services we’re provided by Immortal Iron Fist – Kung Fu Bad-Ass supremo Danny Rand and steely skinned, super strong, super fly ex-con and all round ass kicking bastard Luke Cage. They solve super-crimes and get paid, cos that sh*t ain’t for free!

The Hook:

There’s been various incarnation of HFH; a mostly female team consisting of Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, the new Tarantula, Shang-Chi, Humbug, Orka, Black Cat and Paladin, but it would be easy to intermingle the roster and have a more equal balance.

Either/or could work with The Cage/Rand Version a super-powered detective buddy comedy akin to The Last Boy Scout but with powers or Misty Knight’s female led team – an all female action cast akin to Charlies Angels but with powers.

Directing Chops:

For Cage/Rand it would have to be Black Dynamite’s Scott Sanders, with a buddy comedy flavor and shit-tonne of action, and with any luck it would be set in the 70′s. SWEET CHRISTMAS! Alternatively Kathryn Bigelow showed how good she is with ensemble cast’s in Near Dark, so why not let her loose on a gritty take on female super-sleuthing! Get it done Marvel!

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  • http://twitter.com/Abby_Chandler Abigail Chandler

    Aw, my girl Jess! You know that’ll keep me happy. All excellent shouts. And obviously it goes without saying that Hawkeye and Black Widow deserve solo outings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Fix06 Mark McCann

      Why thank ya. I’d actually love to see Black Widow’s past revisit her Yelena Belova style and Hawkeye needs a down on his luck private dick tale with Avengers plain clothes cameos. I’m really hankering for some Cage/Iron Fist action though. Bromances come no better!