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Cheap and Easy

I Watch Stuff is a little concerned about Marvel’s plan to develop movies based on characters with smaller followings in projects with $30–40 million budgets, saying the initiative will produce “either more interesting superhero films or a legion of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Fours.” Ultimately, though, Corman’s Fantastic Four was made for a $1.5 million, and was never really intended for distribution. The Fantastic Four movie that followed was made for $100 million and was terrible. But you know what was made for $30 million? District 9. I often think superhero movies would actually be a lot better if the people making them had to work with some constraints, thinking about what effects they not just want, but need, and how best to achieve them, if they had to make sacrifices, if they needed strong dialogue and characterization because they can’t count on distracting audiences from flaws in them. Plus, I’m psyched about the possibility of a Dr. Strange movie. And hey, someone could make budget on a 1602 movie by repurposing costumes from a bunch of period pieces, right?

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