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It's a good time to be alive if you are a comic book fan. The DC Comics/Warner Bros. team-up is finally looking past Batman and Superman for film properties and Marvel is well into its Avengers campaign. In addition to the Avengers stuff, however, there has also been plenty of talk about movie projects for the lesser-known characters, either in the form of either low-budget features or short films. Certain names have already been tossed around, from Dr. Strange to Luke Cage, but now Marvel President Kevin Feige is tossing a few more names on the list.
In an interview with MTV, Feige talked about the possibilities of seeing characters like Iron Fist, Black Panther, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy get a film treatment citing recent runs and "amazing potential." Feige also spilled a bit about the future of Samuel L. Jackson's character, Nick Fury, and the super-secret organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. When asked if we will ever see a solo Fury film or one solely based on the covert government agency, Feige was not only confident enough to say yes, but suggested that there could be more than one:
"I think the answer is yes. I think S.H.I.E.L.D. could be it's own franchise. I think, frankly, The Avengers is going to be told from that point of view more so than any of the other films at that point, so we're going to get an inside look [at how S.H.I.E.L.D.] operates."
Sure, Marvel may have made some dumb mistakes (firing Edward Norton, pissing off Jon Favreau, etc.), but the company does have a genuine love for its characters and wants to open them up to a wider audience. The prospect of a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie/franchise is very cool and could open the doors to a lot of interesting storylines. Now if only they'd be willing to open their wallets a little wider they could really blow us all away.