Marvel has long had a taken a serious in ensuring that their characters get a mainly faithful transition to film, even if the results have been hit and miss. They’ve also created a universe that you could imagine these characters crossing over and interacting with each other, Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man wouldn’t look out of place next to Eric Bana’s Hulk, for example. The first film the studio will produce will be Captain America. While it could be obnoxiously patriotic, I think such a film could work if they keep most of the setting to World War II (in the comics, Cap was a “super-soldier” who fought the Nazis, was frozen for a number of decades and awoke in the present day).
I’ve mentioned before that I had been mostly impressed with how Marvel has handled its properties and its rival DC can’t quite keep a grip on their own stable of characters (*ahem*). While this summer’s Batman Begins and next summer’s Queer Eye for the Super Guy may change that, it’s interesting to note that in the actual comic world, Marvel’s a mess while the stories DC is producing have nice, linear cohesion to them, even if some people are justifiably critical of the sudden, more adult, and more troubling, shift in tone DC has started taking over the past year. Identity Crisis alone would probably have its own entry in Women in Refrigerators. Those concerns aside, DC has a clear direction for its characters that is leading up to something. Marvel just seems kind of aimless.