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2008 SDCC Day 2: Marvel - Your Universe

Reported by James - 2008.07.25

Coming to you live from the 2008 SDCC, the Marvel Creative Committee is hosting a panel that will feature several upcoming projects, including movies, publishing and animation that is on the Marvel agenda.

The panel includes Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, Dan Buckley, president of Marvel publishing, Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of publishing and Craig Kyle, senior VP of Marvel animation.

This is the first time that Marvel has presented a panel that combines the plans for the whole Marvel enterprise. The new Marvel is integrating the various divisions of Marvel so that a project like Iron Man can have input from all divisions.

Punisher and Wolverine are obviously coming to theatres soon. And Iron Man was, of course, very successful recently.

Antman, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Magneto, Thor, Silver Surfer and the Avengers are all on the movie slate as well.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Ultimate Alliance 2 are coming soon to a video game console near you.

Hulk vs. Wolverine and Next Avengers are animated and direct to DVD - they will be released soon.

Spider-Man cartoon, Iron-Man animated and Wolverine and the X-Men are all coming to TV as ongoing cartoons.

There is a Super-Hero Squad project coming.

No cast decisions have been made for Thor or Captain America. The film making teams aren't in place yet so there won't be any final decisions until that happens.

Someone suggested Ben Affleck for Captain America which was met with a thunderous round of boos from the audience.

The Hulk movie lived up to Marvel's expectations. Feige promises that Hulk will return.

Spider-Man will probably be staying at Sony for awhile, and the X-Men will remain with Fox. This means those characters won't be able to cross-over with Marvel's other heroes in the near future.

There are no plans for Marvel's publishing division to relocate to California. NYC is a character at the heart of the Marvel universe and moving Marvel might disrupt that.

The Iron Man comics that were released around the movie were linked into the vibe of the movie, allowing new readers to leave the theatre and pick up the comic comfortably. Marvel did miss the boat with the Hulk titles that were out around the movie. Skaar and Red Hulk just confused movie fans exporing the comic for the first time. Marvel is making efforts to tie these different elements of Marvel together for these kinds of events.

Consistency is more important than continuity from a publishing point of view. As the characters exist for many years, their story elements have to be updated and refreshed, to keep the same flavor of the character while keeping him or her current. Tony Stark selling his wares in Afghanistan rather than Vietnam is an example of an update that allows for consistency over continuity.

Getting too mired down in the details of all of a character's history can turn off a majority of the public who would just be confused by the complexity of the history.

Marvel looks to the failure of Catwoman as a sign to not change the story or nature of a character too much. That failure is a warning to keep faithful to the character.

There will be an announcement soon about Favreau's involvement with Iron Man 2.

Dr. Doom will not be in the Avengers movie because Fox has the rights to him under the Fantastic Four contract. Fox is focusing on Wolverine so there are no immediate plans for the Fantastic Four. If the rights to the characters revert to Marvel Studios, then Doom can be included in future projects.

Fox also has the rights to the Silver Surfer. There is a finished script but Fox is focusing on Wolverine before making any future decisions.

It may seem like there is a lot of upheaval in the comics and the characters, but the fans only really get excited and interested when there is character growth, which only comes about when there is change. The key is to make sure that with the change, there is consistency with the character.

Tony Stark's alcohol use is will continue to be explored in future movies.

Marvel Studios is planning to not license out any more characters and they are looking to reacquire the rights that have been licensed out.

All the original Avengers will be in the movie.

The Inhumans have an upcoming mini-series.

The new X-Men show is going to be more faithful to the comics. They learned their lesson from the failure of the 90210 X-Men cartoon that was out previously. The fans didn't respond in large numbers to Marvel's attempt to skew the X-Men vibe younger.

The consequences of Spider-Man's deal with the Devil have not been addressed yet. Buckley is making efforts to state that Mephisto is not the devil. He's a Marvel super-villain. Quesda is claiming that it was Mary Jane that made the deal, not Peter Parker.

Fans are responding better to One More Day and Brand New Day after initial resistance.

Toad will be in Wolverine and the X-Men episode 2. There are no immediate plans for him in the comics.

Ryan Reynolds is playing Deadpool in the Wolverine movie. Juggernaut is not in the movie.

The panel is responding favorably to fan request for a Deadpool project.

There isn't a lot of info about the Thor movie, but some announcements should be made later in the Summer.

Marvel vs. Capcom - it's a possibility and there may be an announcement soon.

The Thor movie will have a lot of scenes in Asgard. The take on the Asgardians is that even though they are called gods, they are actually extremely powerful, long-lived interdimensional beings.

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