The “Upfronts” have taken/are taking place somewhere in Hollywood and New York and although it sounds like a bra convention, what it really means is the networks are parading their new shows for 2012-13 in front of TV reporters. The big comics news was a greenlight for the Green Arrow TV show—minus the arrow—but Marvel stuff also has some motion.
Basically, they nixed the Alias show that had been in development, as well as the Punisher show. The latter is probably a good thing, as it would have forced an imminent shortage of fake blood and bullet wound putty. However, the Hulk show, to be produced by Guillermo del Toro is moving forward. Okay, this is doubtless because Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was one of the very bestest things about the Avengers, which stunned everyone because the last two Hulk movies were kinda…comme ci, comme ca, you know. But you see there is a problem here. And we’ll spell it out for you.
The reason the Hulk in Avengers was so great is because he was a supporting character not the lead.
Don’t you see? Freed from having to support an actual story, the Hulk becomes a fun, anarchic character. Or: The Hulk is green, like wasabi and also like wasabi, you don’t want a whole meal from it…just a little smear on your hamachi roll/ $1 billion movie.
And if you think about it, The Hulk was kind of a supporting character the last successful TV show, too. Or at least he wasn’t the overt catalyst of the action. Generally he just wandered into some situation, Hulked it up and wandered off, all lonely.
Anyway, maybe del Toro will come up with something good, but we’re in no hurry to see a whole Hulk movie any time soon.
• Now, the Guardians of the Galaxy, that’s another thing. Graeme McMillan pieces together all the information that leads him to suspect that the Guardians might just be that elusive May 16, 2014 Marvel movie.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige himself mentioned it as a possibility last month at the Avengers press junket, expressing his fondness for the property and listing it among Inhumans, Doctor Strange and the long in-the-works Ant-Man as non-sequel films being considered. Things started to feel a lot more real following the now-famous mid-credits scene of Avengers, where ****** is revealed as the mysterious force behind Loki's Chitauri army. ****** certainly has a history with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, and is a big part of the cosmic sphere of the Marvel Universe they inhabit.
Graeme’s evidence isn’t terribly convincing, but that 2014 movie will probably be something offbeat for the reasons he lays out:
Though a Guardians of the Galaxy movie might still seem unlikely by nature, it’s clear that Marvel is looking at lesser-known properties to start widening their scope beyond the world of the Avengers. After all, marquee names like Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil are still locked up at other studios — likely for a very long time. There simply aren’t a lot of characters recognizable to mainstream audiences left available to Marvel Studios, so building up something like Guardians of the Galaxy is almost a must.
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.