Marvel Superheroes have defended America for the better part of the last 50 years. But the creator of many of them, Stan Lee, is in Hong Kong, hoping they’ll soon be lending their super-powered hands to the Chinese public too.
The co-creator of Spider Man (with Steve Ditko), The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, Thor and the Fantastic Four (with Jack Kirby) is there to create a new entertainment company, Magic Storm Entertainment, that would make superhero movies for international audiences. They’re supposed to announce projects later this summer.
The home city for many of those characters is New York, so maybe Stan Lee thinks he can broaden their appeal by giving Hong Kong and Shanghai their own superheroes. There’s no word on whether these projects feature familiar Stan Lee creations or brand new superheroes.
Not many superhero movies have been released in China, but those that have have done well. The three Spider Man movies made a combined $30 million in Mainland China while both of the Iron Man movies made $23.2 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.
There have been Asian characters in comics before. Cassandra Cain was Batgirl until recently and one of the recent X-men, Dust, is Afghan and a devout Muslim.
The AP suggests that Stan Lee might want Spider Man swinging through Shanghai skyscrapers or battling bad guys on the Great Wall (like Superman did with Nuclear Man in “Superman IV”). Hong Kong might also be a good setting if Stan Lee wants his movies to do well internationally – “The Dark Knight” was filmed there.
But a Shanghai-based unique superhero is something the city needs, and maybe Stan Lee can create it.
By Robert O’Connor