This is kind of a throw-away possibility. Nobody has talked about adapting a movie version of Marvel’s five-issue comic series from 2005-06 in which most of its heroes turn into flesh-eating fiends battling for sustenance in an undead apocalypse.
But with The Walking Dead’s popularity on television, and zombies in general becoming sort of the monsters of the moment, it seemed like it was worth a question: Would Marvel Studios ever make a one-off film of this twisted comic book tale? (After all, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman also wrote Marvel Zombies.)
Predictably, Feige just shook his head. “I know… Zombies is such a funny thing because its such a cool comic and it’s such a cool idea, but the bigger profile becomes what starts to happen [with fans]” he said.
Specifically, why spend years building the Marvel Cinematic Universe only to destroy it with a gruesome joke. The concept of alternate universes isn’t one that works as easily in such a meticulously constructed film world. (Also, many of the characters — such as Zombie Wolverine, above — are licensed to other studios.)
In the comics, it’s easy to section off the zombies series as a special treat for grown-up fans, but the Marvel Studios movies aim for a much wider audience and making them ghouls might seriously freak out younger fans.
“Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not,” Feige said.
True. But then… there’s always Phase Four.
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