Comic books have been a thing since the 18th century, and no-one does comics quite like Marvel. Whilst they have already launched several successful movies, there are several more waiting for the go ahead.
Superheroes are still very much a prevalent theme, throughout all means of media, with the internet helping expand that reach. There are various superhero related games available online, and even gambling on sites like au.royalvegascasino.com has noticed the interest in the market.
So with the superhero theme proving to be invincible, if you pardon the pun, what movies have Marvel got in the iron?
The Power Pack is one of the films waiting for the go ahead. It involves four siblings aged between 5 and 12, who use superpowers afforded to them by a dying alien to fight both intergalactic invaders and playground problems. The Powers comics in the 1980s dealt with more mature problems children really have to face, before a child friendly version was released at the turn of the millennium.
A second film currently in limbo is Runaways. A comic series about a dysfunctional family consisting of the children of super-criminals using their accredited gifts for good. The series does not use the stereotypical concepts of regular superhero behavior, such as aliases, uniforms, and team names, and there are also more females than males. Although the movie came awfully close to being made, The Avengers pulled focus away from the Runaways.
Sticking with the Runaway theme, Cloak and Dagger is a film also in the state of uncertainty. In the depths of New York City, Ty Johnson and Tandy Bowen are two youngsters who meet as they run away from home. They accidentally gain superpowers after being injected with an experimental heroin replacement. The drug swallows Ty in darkness, whereas Taddy generates living light, thus they are Cloak and Dagger, waging the war against drugs on the streets.
Shang-hi is another film waiting to be made, and whilst Marvel has experimented with genres such as wartime adventure and political thrillers, there is yet to be a martial arts movie. Shang-hi would assuredly change that, the protagonist has no special powers, with him being the Master of Kung Fu proving to be enough to several fights with super humans.
Namor The Sub-Mariner is a fifth movie waiting for the green light. Its development faltered somewhat in the 1990s to early 2000s. The king of Atlantis is an anti-hero in the comics and has tussled with just about everyone. Back in 2012, it was revealed that Marvel have the rights to Namor, but as always, nothing is that simple!