With Kevin Feige being a Cosmic fan himself, it should really come to no surprise that the Marvel Studios president and producer is aware of the rabid fan base from the comic books.
“It has a small, rabid fan base,” Feige told Wired, with the magazine going on with some nonsense that the producer is overestimating the size and description.
Well, “Wired,” Cosmic Book News can tell you – he’s not.
The Marvel Cosmic comic books do have a relatively small-sized fan base compared to The Avengers and X-Men; however, they get no where near the same attention from the Editors or public relations department. Well, that was until they cancelled the previous line to make way for their big guns, which the rabid fan base hasn’t been getting behind as the new issues of Nova sell less than the Abentt and Lanning run, and new issues of Guardians of the Galaxy literally have dozens and dozens of variants – and movie tie-ins – to keep them atop the monthly sales charts.
I believe it was Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann who coined the term “rabid Cosmic fans,” as Rosemann was behind the 2007 and 2008 Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy series as well as the Marvel Cosmic events, Annihilation: Conquest, War of Kings, and the best-selling The Thanos Imperative. Preceding Rosemann saw Editor Andy Schmidt kill off the Cosmic Avenger Quasar Wendell Vaughn during Annihilation, with the “small, rabid fan base” erupting in reponse. Petitions soon followed, Marvel offices were sent a cake, letter campaigns and websites began. Rosemann and Marvel seemed to respond favorably to the rabid fans as Wendell Vaughn returned as Quasar. Perhaps something the Richard Rider Nova fans should pay heed to?
All hope may not all be lost, though, as Feige has green lit a Guardians of the Galaxy movie directed by James Gunn for an August 1, 2014 release. And similar to Feige, Joss Whedon is a Marvel Cosmic fan, and actually so is Clark Gregg who plays Agent Coulson; both happen to be Jim Starlin Adam Warlock fans. An added bonus was seen during The Avengers movie with the aliens The Chitauri and the surprise guest-villain, Thanos, who will go on to have a larger role in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and upcoming Marvel Studios films.
Feige has also green lit a Doctor Strange movie, rumors of an Inhumans movie are in the works – fans would love an Adam Warlock movie – and the producer also told Wired they have plans until 2021.
“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021,” Feige also told Wired. “Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.”
Those future plans could spell good news for rabid Marvel Cosmic fans who happen to be salivating at the mouth for more universal and galactic battles and stories on the big screen.
“Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone,” Feige said. “Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”