COMIC CNNMoney.com's "Marvel's next superheroes" (in light of the Disney acquisition)

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    Sub Mariner

    If its bid for comic book company Marvel Entertainment goes through, Disney will inherit about 5,000 comic book characters for the media giant's movies, television, action figures and amusement parks. When the deal was announced Monday, Disney said it was particularly interested in bringing some of the lesser-known characters to the forefront.

    "The Marvel name gives movies quick credibility," said Stephen Fishler, owner of Metropolis Collectibles in New York. "If you introduce a lesser-known character to a mass market, as long as there's an interesting story and it translates to the big screen, it doesn't necessarily matter if anyone has heard of it."


    One character that fits the bill has been patiently waiting for his cinematic debut for a long, long time. Sub Mariner, Marvel's first comic book hero, originally appeared in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly in 1939.

    Sub Mariner, a.k.a. Namor McKenzie, is the half-human, half-merman prince of Atlantis. Blaming humans for the near- (though accidental) destruction of Atlantis, the short-tempered prince was at first a villain, launching preemptive attacks against American cities.

    But a losing battle with the humans made Sub Mariner realize that his anger was resulting in the destruction of his own subjects, and he soon began to use his powers for good.
     
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    The vast majority of comic book heroes are white, which could make the African-American Luke Cage, or Power Man, an appealing alternative for Disney, according to Fishler.

    Cage grew up in Harlem and spent most of his youth in the Bloods, a local gang. But when he saw how his gang life impacted his family, he tried to get on the straight and narrow road, only to be thrown into jail just when all seemed to be going in the right direction.

    While he was in jail, Cage was handpicked by a research scientist to participate in a cell regeneration project, which, of course, went horribly awry, leaving Cage with superhuman strength. He used his powers to escape from jail and started a 'hero for hire' service in New York's Times Square.
     
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    Unlike rival D.C. Comics,'s characters, Marvel's characters are often monstrous (Incredible Hulk) with overly extravagant costumes (Iron Man) that can raise a movie's budget into the stratosphere.

    "Most Marvel characters have an over-the-top look with kind of bizarre costumes," said Fishler. "If you did Marvel characters cheaply, it would look hokey. It requires a big budget to make them look real."

    That may make a character like Iron Fist attractive to Disney. By summoning his inner chi, Daniel Rand becomes Iron Fist, a superhuman hand-to-hand fighter. Trained by aliens, Iron Fist decided to use his powers as a 'hero for hire' like Luke Cage.

    It's not that Iron Fist's costume isn't extravagant, but since the character is a martial arts expert, that could cut back on expensive explosions and out-of-this-world special effects.

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    Bad guys rarely get their own movies, but Morbius isn't your ordinary bad guy.

    When Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Michael Morbius realized he was dying of a blood disease, he developed a cure using bat blood and electric shocks. But the cure made him into a vampire.

    Morbius struggles with his vampirism, constantly searching for a cure for his need to feast on human blood. Still, his good nature is not enough to avoid many confrontations with Spider-Man, who has no tolerance for Morbius' blood-sucking tendencies.
     
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    Namor has just about as good of a shot at his own movie as Dazzler.
     
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    Dr. Stephen Strange was a renowned neurosurgeon, but lost the ability to use his hands following a car accident.

    With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Strange went to a sorcerer named the Ancient One, who refused to cure him. The Ancient One instead took Dr. Strange under his wing to teach him the art of sorcery after Dr. Strange proved himself a selfless and honest man by trying to thwart the Ancient One's evil student, Mordo.

    Dr. Strange became one of the powerful sorcerers in the world under the Ancient One's tutelage ... and one of the most popular comic book heroes in Marvel's line-up, according to Fishler.

    "Dr. Strange may be the biggest character never to hit the screen," he said.
     
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    We'll see how the Fathom movie goes before we get to Namor :mamoru:

    I think... the next Fantastic Four movie (in the hands of Disney, could maybe a be a good film if paired with the Incredibles writers and a good director) should feature Namor to get him a leg up and test the waters, so to speak.
     
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    Fathom is going to taaaaank. Those comics put me to sleep. Megan Fox might keep my attention for 15 minutes, after that I'm out.

    I like where you're going with the FF/Incredibles...but then again. Disney is "supposedly" going to let marvel studios do it's thing and just cash the checks, like with pixar.

    Come to think of it, the movie rights to FF are owned by 20th Century Fox, so that's out the window.
     
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    disney can buy them back / lawyer fox to death
     
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    I hope the power of Disney lawyers can snag FF and X-Men back somehow :o

    The Fantastic Four properties could be a HUGE thing for Disney. If done right :hs:
     
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    my nigga :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:
     
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    In for Dr Strange movie
     

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