Tom Spurgeon hits the LA Times with an opinion piece of Marvel’s second tier heroes:
From the moment in 1998 that Wesley Snipes slipped into Kevlar and fake fangs to play vampire hunter Blade, Marvel has experienced its own startling transformation. A king of the comic book stores so flustered by Hollywood that its best movie deals once involved a talking duck (1986’s “Howard the Duck”) and Dolph Lundgren (1989’s “The Punisher”), Marvel turned around with a string of punching-and-pathos popcorn pictures (including the “X-Men” franchise and “Ghost Rider”) that have so far grossed more than $2.3 billion. But the company’s next move — a mopping-up operation run mainly by second-tier players — is the kind of no-guarantees cliffhanger that could make Stan Lee, Marvel chairman emeritus, exclaim, “Read on, MacDuff!”
Aside: only in LA could Marvel’s upcoming film slate make the OpEd page.