Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Return of Marvel's Registration Act: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Midway through the summer, I noticed a few articles mentioning Marvel's Superhero Registration Act. Much to my surprise, Marvel's cinematic universe was attempting an adaptation and calling it "Registered Gifted Act." One of the very few sites to even mention the act was Superhero Movie News and Bleeding Cool. On July 16th, Marvel registered "Registered Gifted" for trademark. Of course "gifted" is an alternate word for Mutants, since Fox owns all the rights to the X-Men franchise.
What exactly is Marvel's history with the Registered Act? Here's a quick history lesson.
Superhero Registration Act. The Act ordered super humans to inform the government of their secret identities. Furthermore, they can be called upon by the government at anytime during a national crisis. Even though Iron Man and Cap's identities were not a secret, this Act impacted Marvel's street heroes. It laid the foundation for Marvel's Civil War which dissolved the Avengers into two camps, one led by Iron Man, and the other by Captain America. The biggest consequence was Spider-Man unmasking himself on live television. His unmasking led to the near death of his Aunt May (for like the fifth time), and the demonic divorce between Peter and Mary Jane. Yes, demonic. Google it if you care.
Now that I'm done telling you about its comic history, lets start connecting the dots with the Act's possible history with the cinematic universe.
2. I don't see Civil War being a major part of the Avenger movies because they simply won't have time. Avengers 2 is using Ultron, and Whedon has mentioned that Thanos (the villain we saw in the first movie) will be the villain for the third movie. That's a whole lot of story and not enough time for a superhero war.
3. Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and has zero plans to sell it back to Disney. I truly believe we will never ever see a crossover between Spider-Man and the Avengers on the big screen. Would it make 44 trillion dollars? That's a yes, but I cannot see Disney and Sony agreeing on how they would split the revenue. Sometimes greed can ruin a fanboy's wet dream.
4. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D unable to use Marvel's #1 street hero, the show needs a hero almost on the same level as Spider-Man. Recently, Marvel got back the rights to their next best street heroes, Daredevil and The Punisher. Since the tv show will be using the art and focusing on the street heroes, I'm a little nervous. Daredevil and The Punisher do not deserve TV treatment. They deserve the big screen.