The Franchise

Jon Favreau points to the difficulty of the Super-Superhero Movie:

Still, though Favreau has passed the directorial reins on to Shane Black, he reiterated that Iron Man 3 could be hamstrung by Marvel's insistence on pushing Tony Stark into duty alongside its other heroes next summer for The Avengers. "I guess in comics you can say that it's an individual storyline and you can break it off into a group. But in movies, it's hard not to take into consideration what just happened," noted Favreau. "What are you gonna say? '[The other superheroes] all just lost their cell phones and you can't get help?' So it's going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience."

I think that's most interesting aspect of Marvel's strategy--Can you create a universe, and a sense of inter-connectivity, in movies?  The sheer expense prohibits doing it to the comic book degree. But is there a movie version? Are there any precedents? I don't know, as I'm not much of film historian.

It will also be interesting to see what DC does. Their Superman seems in limbo, they have no Wonder Woman, and their Green Lantern is just getting started.
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In