By Jason Hughes
With “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel has tapped into its most unusual property to date. Now that it's almost assured box office success, and with a sequel already greenlit, it's time to pull the curtain back and see what other surprises Marvel Comics has to offer.
With a history dating back to 1939, as Timely Publications and then Atlas Comics, Marvel has been in the character creation business for a very long time. Along the way, they've brought to life pop culture mainstays like Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. But those are just their big guns.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding on both television and in the films, there are still several properties hidden in the pages of Marvel's comic book universe that have yet to be picked up. But if “Guardians of the Galaxy” can get made, and a movie can be in the works about the lunatic assassin Deadpool, then anything can happen.
Whether on ABC, Netflix or the big screen, these properties are more than ready to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the next level.
Here is 11 Marvel properties that have been challenging and amusing comic audiences for years who deserve a bigger stage:
Agents of Atlas
Based on unrelated characters published by Marvel's predecessor Atlas Comics in the 1950s, they were at one time declared the “Avengers” of the '50s. Later continuity erased this from having happened, and they became agents of the Atlas Foundation, which turned out to be evil. A group, which includes a gorilla, a goddess, an alien and a robot among their members, fighting to take down the very organization they work for certainly puts a fresh spin on the concept of a superhero team. ...more