With The Avengers grossing nearly $600 million in the box office, comic books are having a bit of a comeback. At least Marvel’s superheroes are. The comic book company is responsible for all of the big superhero names, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and X-Men. The next production will be an old favorite, The Human Fly, and while it won’t be a Marvel production, it was published by the company between 1977 and 1979.
According to coventrytelegraph.com, the comic version of The Human Fly followed a stuntman who had been in a terrible car accident and had his skeleton replaced by steel. He took his career to charity events, performing stunts for crowds and fighting criminals at those charities. This Human Fly is not to be confused with Marvel’s earlier villain character with the same name that appeared in the Spider-Man comics.
Deadline.com reports that Alan Brewer and Steven Goldmann have picked up the rights to the film and Eisenberg-Fisher Productions, a Paramount affiliate, will executive produce the movie, and Brewer and James Reach will produce. The film is being called an indie, which is different from the Marvel comics that have gone to the big screen. Interestingly enough, Cirque Du Soleil’s in-house historian, Tony Babinski, wrote the screenplay.
For those of us, myself included, who still can’t get enough Marvel, there has already been talk of the Black Panther film to be released in 2014, according to sciencefiction.com. Possible candidates for the lead role include Aldis Hodge, Anthony Mackie Brian J. White, and Romeo Miller, aka Lil’ Romeo. It looks like the comic epidemic isn’t slowing down anytime soon.