Perhaps heeding the previous item about declining comics sales, Marvel has pulled the trigger on creating a line of original web comics, the NY Times reports:
“Iron Man: Fast Friends” will focus on the relationship between Tony Stark, the man behind the iron armor, and Jim Rhodes, who comic fans know eventually becomes War Machine, a superhero in his own right. “Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files” will follow Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson in a cameo appearance in the “Iron Man” movie) as he investigates the angry green monster that Bruce Banner becomes.
A blurb on Marvel.com has more and makes it sound like this is an actual initiative:
Get these amazing new adventures that tie directly into your favorite feature films plus an exclusive batch of Marvel comics and an ever-growing selection of over 5,000 comics inside Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Digital-only exclusives will be published regularly on Wednesdays at the pace of three or more comics per month. Upcoming titles will showcase top Marvel characters and creative teams, fan-favorite holiday-themed specials, explorations into science fiction, martial arts, Westerns and so much more.
Although this is only a tiny item in the Times at present, our Heidi-sense tells us this could be an important step to…something.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.