Marvel Should Invest in a Marvel MAX Movie Imprint

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Disney creating a MAX imprint for Marvel films has an obvious benefit when it comes to established X-Men film characters, but there are plenty of other Marvel anti-heroes fans have longed to see on the big screen. Punisher and Ghost Rider have already debuted on TV, and Netflix, Hulu, or even ABC could easily be the home to characters like Blade, Moon Knight, and more. But with a MAX imprint, Marvel could introduce vampires to the MCU and give Black Widow her due.

It's clear that Marvel will need to ramp up output to work on all the new characters it's gained, and doing so under a different production banner and with a new team of creatives would be the most efficient way to accomplish this. It wouldn't just all+ow new characters and Fox heroes to be brought to life though. Marvel and fans have long discussed the idea of a Black Widow solo film, and there's always the chance something on Netflix could happen. Under a MAX banner, however, we could see a dark and violent spy story focusing on Black Widow. Like many of the other characters we've discussed, she had her own MAX title. And while questions of continuity may seem like a barrier, Black Widow deserves a film that isn't burdened by cosmic capers and the weight of the other Avengers.

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We've made the case for why DC should make an Elseworlds imprint, and Marvel MAX could function in much the same way. The idea of a shared cinematic universe was groundbreaking when Marvel introduced it, and it's a great way to recreate the connectivity of comics on the big (and small) screen. But it can be a limiting concept. The TV characters are mostly in their own world, while the films need to address big events and other characters constantly.

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With a MAX imprint, a new continuity could be introduced that could pull in Fox characters, TV heroes, and more. In fact, the banner could do away with a shared continuity altogether and just be a place where new and unconnected comic book films could be brought to life. Established Netflix heroes could get the big screen treatment, characters like Hawkeye, Wolverine, and more could be rebooted, and the Deadpool franchise could continue to spin out new films without worrying about the main Marvel or X-Men universe. A Marvel MAX imprint would be a great way for Disney to make R-Rated superhero films, but it would also be a fantastic way to bring more superheroes and villains to life without the burden of continuity.

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Key Release Dates
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
  • Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
  • Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
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