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Marvel to introduce new characters in 10-minute short films?

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As anyone who saw TOY STORY 3 this past weekend can attest, the opening short can be a great addition to a film. Traditionally we've seen only animated shorts before movies (there will be a Looney Tunes short running before prints of CATS AND DOGS 2), but what about live-action short films? More specifically, what about live-action short films starring characters from the Marvel universe?

Latino Review is reporting that Marvel Studios is in talks to introduce some of their second-tier characters through a series of 10-minute short films that would run before some of their upcoming features (like THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA). Exactly which characters will be highlighted remains unclear but Latino mentions Black Panther, Luke Cage and Dr. Strange. Not surprisingly, these are some of the same characters mentioned along with the rumors that Marvel is producing some lower-budgeted movies around secondary characters.

There are a ton of questions that come with news like this including who would direct the shorts. Would it be the director of the eventual feature film or would they just get a hired gun to come in and work on something quickly? There sadly aren't many more answers at this point but as things begin to heat up, I'm sure we'll hear more about this.

Extra Tidbit: Now that Disney owns Marvel, I wouldn't be surprised to see one of these shorts run before a Marvel film.
Source: Latino Review

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4:08AM on 06/22/2010

Genius!

This is a good way to see which characters appeal most to people and therefore considering making the short into a feature length film.
This is a good way to see which characters appeal most to people and therefore considering making the short into a feature length film.
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7:06PM on 06/21/2010

First one out on June 23

Features the voices of major celebrities including Academy Award-nominee Djimon Hounsou as Black Panther; Jill Scott as Storm, Kerry Washington as Princess Shuri; Alfre Woodard as both Dondi Reese and Queen Mother; Carl Lumbly as Uncle S’Yan; and comics legend Stan Lee in a special role.

Marvel Knights Animation is proud to announce Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?, a twelve-episode, weekly, all-new series debuting on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune and PlayStationŽNetwork on June
Features the voices of major celebrities including Academy Award-nominee Djimon Hounsou as Black Panther; Jill Scott as Storm, Kerry Washington as Princess Shuri; Alfre Woodard as both Dondi Reese and Queen Mother; Carl Lumbly as Uncle S’Yan; and comics legend Stan Lee in a special role.

Marvel Knights Animation is proud to announce Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?, a twelve-episode, weekly, all-new series debuting on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune and PlayStationŽNetwork on June 23rd.
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7:02PM on 06/21/2010
Love the idea, but do you think they can lock talent down for it? Introducing Renner as Hawkeye in a 10 min short before Cap or Avengers sounds like a great idea, but they are probably going to use these to test waters. A certain reaction will illicit a feature project kinda thing. Hypothetically, if they want Johnny Depp for Dr. Strange (personally Id rather see Joseph Fiennes) he may not be available or cost effective for a 10 min short as he is for a feature length project.
Love the idea, but do you think they can lock talent down for it? Introducing Renner as Hawkeye in a 10 min short before Cap or Avengers sounds like a great idea, but they are probably going to use these to test waters. A certain reaction will illicit a feature project kinda thing. Hypothetically, if they want Johnny Depp for Dr. Strange (personally Id rather see Joseph Fiennes) he may not be available or cost effective for a 10 min short as he is for a feature length project.
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5:56PM on 06/21/2010
This is exactly the way it should be This is a good use of resources.
This is exactly the way it should be This is a good use of resources.
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4:45PM on 06/21/2010

GDT & Gaiman

Del Toro has said for awhile that he would do a Dr. Strange movie if Neil Gaiman wrote the script. A 10 minute by them would be AWESOME and not be that time consuming. Great idea.
Del Toro has said for awhile that he would do a Dr. Strange movie if Neil Gaiman wrote the script. A 10 minute by them would be AWESOME and not be that time consuming. Great idea.
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4:26PM on 06/21/2010
In a word....WONDERFUL!
In a word....WONDERFUL!
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4:03PM on 06/21/2010
This could work if done well. With a good director and story it could be a slice of a mythos instead of just ten minutes of action and CGI.
This could work if done well. With a good director and story it could be a slice of a mythos instead of just ten minutes of action and CGI.
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3:56PM on 06/21/2010
This is a great way to show-off some lesser known, but still awesome characters, and get the audience caught up for larger fare.
This is a great way to show-off some lesser known, but still awesome characters, and get the audience caught up for larger fare.
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3:48PM on 06/21/2010

Only Reservation...

Shorts have been before animated films traditionally, because animated films are about 30-40 minutes shorter than the average live action, action film. A short added on to Toy Story keeps it under 2 hours. A short added onto Iron Man 2 makes it nearly 2 and a half hours long. Food-for-thought.
Shorts have been before animated films traditionally, because animated films are about 30-40 minutes shorter than the average live action, action film. A short added on to Toy Story keeps it under 2 hours. A short added onto Iron Man 2 makes it nearly 2 and a half hours long. Food-for-thought.
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3:27PM on 06/21/2010

Knew they should be doing this.

It's a great idea, DC should be doing this too. So they won't risk X amount of dollars on unproven characters *cough* Jonah Hex *cough*.
It's a great idea, DC should be doing this too. So they won't risk X amount of dollars on unproven characters *cough* Jonah Hex *cough*.
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1:44PM on 06/21/2010

also....

Someone else noted having shorts of the Avengers, showing the origins of the heroes and even villains, that way to bypass all the time it takes to show that in a feature length movie. I mean how many times do we the audience have to see the making of Spider-man? We even got 2 origins of Wolverine, enough already! Let's get to it. The shorts could even bookend the marvel films up to the release of the Avengers movie. DC take note.
Someone else noted having shorts of the Avengers, showing the origins of the heroes and even villains, that way to bypass all the time it takes to show that in a feature length movie. I mean how many times do we the audience have to see the making of Spider-man? We even got 2 origins of Wolverine, enough already! Let's get to it. The shorts could even bookend the marvel films up to the release of the Avengers movie. DC take note.
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1:41PM on 06/21/2010

How Can You go Wrong

The answer is you cant. I know DC did this with their last DVD, where they had a 10 minute short about The Spectre. Will be especially nice for us geeks
The answer is you cant. I know DC did this with their last DVD, where they had a 10 minute short about The Spectre. Will be especially nice for us geeks
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1:37PM on 06/21/2010

About time

This is an excellent idea. You get to see a full action movie about Thor and catch a ten minute, nicely budgeted short about the Black Panther or Doctor Strange, how fuckin' awesome is that!
This is an excellent idea. You get to see a full action movie about Thor and catch a ten minute, nicely budgeted short about the Black Panther or Doctor Strange, how fuckin' awesome is that!
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1:35PM on 06/21/2010
Consider what they could do with the 10 minute shorts and "The Avengers" movie. The stories should tie into the movie much like "Animatrix" or "Gotham Knights".
Consider what they could do with the 10 minute shorts and "The Avengers" movie. The stories should tie into the movie much like "Animatrix" or "Gotham Knights".
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1:10PM on 06/21/2010

DC ...

... is already doing something similar in animation with their Showcase serial. Short Spectre toon was great, next is Jonah Hex on DVD of Batman - Under The Red Hood. As for Marvel, it will define new characters in their cinema universe, and serve as test to see wich character has a major motion picture potential.
... is already doing something similar in animation with their Showcase serial. Short Spectre toon was great, next is Jonah Hex on DVD of Batman - Under The Red Hood. As for Marvel, it will define new characters in their cinema universe, and serve as test to see wich character has a major motion picture potential.
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12:53PM on 06/21/2010
this sounds fun. marvels almost pushing cinema back to the days of serials. i dont think its a good idea to play them before marvel movies, you dont wanna burn people out. It would be cool if they filmed say, an hour long movie and split it up and put different segments before different films (non-comic book movies). Hell, its a smarter marketing ploy then 2 endings for xmen origins.
this sounds fun. marvels almost pushing cinema back to the days of serials. i dont think its a good idea to play them before marvel movies, you dont wanna burn people out. It would be cool if they filmed say, an hour long movie and split it up and put different segments before different films (non-comic book movies). Hell, its a smarter marketing ploy then 2 endings for xmen origins.
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12:51PM on 06/21/2010
this sounds fun. marvels almost pushing cinema back to the days of serials. i dont think its a good idea to play them before marvel movies, you dont wanna burn people out. It would be cool if they filmed say, an hour long movie and split it up and put different segments before different films (non-comic book movies). Hell, its a smarter marketing ploy then 2 endings for xmen origins.
this sounds fun. marvels almost pushing cinema back to the days of serials. i dont think its a good idea to play them before marvel movies, you dont wanna burn people out. It would be cool if they filmed say, an hour long movie and split it up and put different segments before different films (non-comic book movies). Hell, its a smarter marketing ploy then 2 endings for xmen origins.
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11:24AM on 06/21/2010

Awesome Idea

This would be a great way to explore the Marvel Universe and also test audiences to see what characters they would really want to see in a feature length movie. I hope this is true.
This would be a great way to explore the Marvel Universe and also test audiences to see what characters they would really want to see in a feature length movie. I hope this is true.
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10:28AM on 06/21/2010

Bring em' on.

This could be great. It'll also be a way to skip the origin story and get straight into the action. I'd definitely be up for a Dr.Strange short...or maybe an Ant Man short so they could skip making a feature length and just throw him into Avengers straight away. Black Panther, Moon Knight, even a new Daredevil...all would be awesome.
This could be great. It'll also be a way to skip the origin story and get straight into the action. I'd definitely be up for a Dr.Strange short...or maybe an Ant Man short so they could skip making a feature length and just throw him into Avengers straight away. Black Panther, Moon Knight, even a new Daredevil...all would be awesome.
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12:53PM on 06/21/2010
the only reason i disagree with you on ant-man is because edgar wright is behind the adaptation. though i dont see him doing the ant-man the studios would want to put in the avengers universe.
the only reason i disagree with you on ant-man is because edgar wright is behind the adaptation. though i dont see him doing the ant-man the studios would want to put in the avengers universe.
10:20AM on 06/21/2010
This is great! These shorts can actually be very long trailers. Something that will tease Marvel fans, I mean.
This is great! These shorts can actually be very long trailers. Something that will tease Marvel fans, I mean.
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9:58AM on 06/21/2010

GREAT IDEA!

I love this idea and it makes sense from a business stand point too. In the Extra Tidbit, do you mean in front of a Pixar film or something? It's obvious they will run in front of Marvel films...
I love this idea and it makes sense from a business stand point too. In the Extra Tidbit, do you mean in front of a Pixar film or something? It's obvious they will run in front of Marvel films...
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9:45AM on 06/21/2010
This is a bad ass idea.
This is a bad ass idea.
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9:26AM on 06/21/2010
This would be a great way to introduce Renner's Hawkeye (or any other team members that get announced) before Avengers. Then they can hit the ground running without having to get folks up to speed on him in the big flick.
This would be a great way to introduce Renner's Hawkeye (or any other team members that get announced) before Avengers. Then they can hit the ground running without having to get folks up to speed on him in the big flick.
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9:28AM on 06/21/2010
Like it.
Like it.
9:44AM on 06/21/2010
That's just what I was thinking when I read the news.
That's just what I was thinking when I read the news.
9:51AM on 06/21/2010
that's what i thought as well. Maybe Hawkeye, Wasp, Ant-Man will get short films. I saay leave Dr Strange for a feature film. I'm curious as what these shorts could offer in ten minutes other than being 'extended trailers' for The Avengers movie though...
that's what i thought as well. Maybe Hawkeye, Wasp, Ant-Man will get short films. I saay leave Dr Strange for a feature film. I'm curious as what these shorts could offer in ten minutes other than being 'extended trailers' for The Avengers movie though...
9:22AM on 06/21/2010

Good idea....

I like this, but don't think it's a good idea to do BOTH the 10-minute shorts AND the "feature films".

Rather, I think the business case should be to do the 10 minute shorts, put them before other movies, and EVENTUALLY have them fully downloadable so they are widely accessible. THEN put those characters into other movies as supporting cast, not into their own full length movie.
I like this, but don't think it's a good idea to do BOTH the 10-minute shorts AND the "feature films".

Rather, I think the business case should be to do the 10 minute shorts, put them before other movies, and EVENTUALLY have them fully downloadable so they are widely accessible. THEN put those characters into other movies as supporting cast, not into their own full length movie.
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9:22AM on 06/21/2010

I'm all for it

As far as I'm concerned, the more Marvel the better.

Who doesn't want to see ten minutes of Luke Cage trouncing a few punks in NYC?
As far as I'm concerned, the more Marvel the better.

Who doesn't want to see ten minutes of Luke Cage trouncing a few punks in NYC?
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