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David Maisel -- executive vice president, office of the chief executive, Marvel Entertainment -- expressed optimism over the future of the Spider-Man and X-Men movie franchises after their third movies.

"Obviously those films have done tremendously well and made signficant amounts of profits for our partners, Sony and Fox," Maisel said during Marvel's third quarter conference call on Monday.

"So I would be under the assumption that they would very much want to continue those properties in an aggressive manner."

Maisel was asked about the closeness of the releases of Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007 and Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in 2008. (See below for Hulk release announcement)

"Our films have done extremely well in the early and summer time periods," Maisel said. "That is also a great time for our merchandising and toy activities to release our films.

"We focus very intensely on the right dates for our properties. We find that we can do very well with our movies. They stand on their own, independent on when other Marvel movies are released. They're viewed as individual stories and different in terms of their nuances."

Maisel said there is "significant enough time" between the releases.

Budgets for the Marvel-produced films will be between $100-$160 million, Maisel said.

Maisel also noted that Marvel will be using its distribution partners' pay television deals for its self-produced films -- i.e. Paramount with Iron Man and Universal with Hulk.

"We have full confidence in place that they will have attractive market deals for our films," Maisel said.

Marvel did keep free United States television ownership and will make its own deals for those rights.


Producers Avi Arad and Kevin Feige, with Jennifer Connelly, on set of Hulk.

Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures have announced a June 27, 2008 release date for The Incredible Hulk.

This is Marvel's second stake in the summer 2008 movie landscape. Iron Man has been scheduled for a May 2 release.

The Incredible Hulk will be directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Zack Penn. The project is being produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd and will be executive produced by Michael Helfant, David Womark and Ari Arad.

Marvel Studios is currently casting the project.

While it's unclear how closely tied The Incredible Hulk will be to Ang Lee's Hulk from 2003, Marvel is trying to project a new spin on the character.

"The Incredible Hulk will be the type of fun, high-octane event film people have come to expect from Marvel," said Feige, Marvel's president of production. "We could not be more excited about this project and our summer 2008 prospects now that we have both our green goliath and our highly anticipated Iron Man set for release."

The Incredible Hulk is being independently produced by Marvel Studios through its $525 million, non-recourse film finance facility and will be distributed domestically and in several international territories by Universal Pictures.

"We're very happy that Universal is distributing The Incredible Hulk," said Helfant, Marvel Studios president COO. "We have a history together and this is a great opportunity for both Marvel and Universal to take the Hulk film franchise to another level."


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Titles include Y: The Last Man #51 from DC Comics and What If? Wolverine: Enemy of the State from Marvel Comics.

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* Aspen Comics announced the exclusive it is bringing to Wizard World Texas this weekend, including convention covers for Fathom #11 and Soulfire: Chaos Reign #2 and prints for those covers, as well as a Fathom Classic print and the final Aspen Splash #1 print. The convention will also be the last opportunity to buy the Aspen Comics Civil War X-Men #1 exclusive cover.

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* Sega and Marvel announced on Monday that they have entered into a worldwide licensing agreement whereby Sega has secured the exclusive rights to develop and distribute video game titles for all platforms based on Marvel's Iron Man property. Under the multi-year agreement, Sega has been granted the exclusive interactive rights to develop and distribute games based on both Marvel's Iron Man feature films and the comic book iterations of the character.

* Fox will show the trailer for The Simpsons movie during Sunday's new episode of The Simpsons.


In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, November 1: The Punisher: Extended Cut DVD, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel HeroClix and DC collected editions.

* Tuesday, October 31: Iron Man DVD, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, Teen Titans and First Looks.

* Monday, October 30: Bryan Singer signs for Superman sequel, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, The Batman, Stjepan Sejic exclusive to Top Cow and Afro Samurai.

* Sunday, October 29: Legion of Super Heroes, Family Guy and Heroic Publishing's Flare Adventures.

* Saturday, October 28: Heroes, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, October 27: Diamond Select Toys, Smallville, First Looks and Marvel postage stamps.

* Thursday, October 26: Onslaught Reborn, Smallville, First Looks, DC Comics trades, The Fountain, Heroic Publishing's Athem and Hellboy: Sword of Storms.

* Wednesday, October 25: Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Marvel Legends, Image First Looks, Vampirella and Black Panther.

* Tuesday, October 24: Marvel Legends, Black Panther, DC Comics roundup, Anita Blake, Heroes and Black Coat.

* Monday, October 23: Image Comics for January, Spider-Man movie, Heroes, Family Guy, Witchblade and First Looks.

* Sunday, October 22: Battlestar Galactica, Painkiller Jane and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 21: Paul Dini, Family Guy, Smallville, Arcana Studio for January and HBO/Cinemax in December.

* Friday, October 20: Kristanna Loken cast as Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Oni Press for January and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, October 19: IDW Publishing for January, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica comics and Teen Titans.

* Wednesday, October 18: Devil's Due Publishing for January, Archie Comics for January, Image First Looks, Andy Diggle on Hellblazer and Star Trek's Michael Dorn.

* Tuesday, October 17: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics for January, Boom! Studios for January, Dynamite First Looks and Soulfire: Chaos Reign.

* Monday, October 16: DC Comics for January, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Georges Jeanty, Heroes and Top Cow's Tyler Kirkham.

* Sunday, October 15: DC Comics, The Batman, Silent Devil and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 14: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Transformers: Spotlight, Ape Entertainment's Nightmare World and Krypto the Superdog.

* Friday, October 13: Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, First Looks, September sales and Iron Man movie.

* Thursday, October 12: Justice League of America, Superman Returns video game, White Tiger, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 11: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

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