The CEO of Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix’s Castlevania, reveals an formidable rejected mission from 2014, dubbed Marvel Period.
Powerhouse Animation, the studio that labored on Castlevania, as soon as pitched a novel mission that will have represented many years of Marvel historical past from the ’40s onwards.
“In 2012-2013, Powerhouse pitched a mission referred to as Marvel period,” wrote Powerhouse CEO Brad Graeber on Twitter. “The seventy fifth anniversary of Marvel was approaching in 2014 and the concept was brief tales for every decade of Marvel historical past — and to have every brief impressed by the artwork/animation of that ‘period.'”
In 2012-2013, Powerhouse pitched a mission referred to as MARVEL ERA. The seventy fifth anniversary of Marvel was approaching in 2014 and the concept was brief tales for every decade of Marvel history- and to have every brief impressed by the artwork/animation of that “period.” (1/10) pic.twitter.com/sJJrv4rlnB
— Brad Graeber (@BradGraeber) November 14, 2021
The pitch video for Marvel period cycles via varied many years with the heroes representing every period, roughly akin to the time once they rose to prominence in comics. It begins with the Forties, the place Captain America protects an array of troopers in World Struggle II. The long-lived Wolverine confronts a biker gang within the ’50s, whereas the uncanny X-Males make their debut within the ’60s. Luke Cage and Iron Fist characterize the ’70s in an ode to their inspiration from fashionable martial arts and Blaxploitation motion pictures of the period, whereas the grim and gritty Punisher embodies the unsure vibe of the ’80s. Deadpool reveals up within the ’90s, blasting away at Galactus, whereas Carol Danvers takes to the skies as Captain Marvel within the 2000s.
“The pitch for Marvel period was thick — there was a number of ardour behind it from everybody,” Graeber wrote in follow-up tweets. “These had been the times I used to be tooling round in a repainted Captain America automobile that had a star spangled banner horn… I wrote about 14 tough ideas. There was a ’40s Captain America D-Day story within the model of Fleischer studios, a Submariner U-boat story, a 60’s X-Males story that featured a mutant who led a cult along with his powers. There was additionally a really cinema 70’s Luke Cage and Iron Fist, an ’80s Punisher story that leaned into Scarface and Miami Vice, and a Deadpool story made based mostly on tacky ’90s cartoons.”
Regardless of these artistic ideas, in addition to the truth that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was nonetheless in its comparatively early levels, the mission by no means got here to fruition. Graeber attributed the loss to difficult studio politics, in addition to Powerhouse Animation nonetheless being an inexperienced studio on the time: “Wasn’t meant to be and was in all probability for the perfect.”
Powerhouse would go on to make a reputation for itself with Netflix’s adaptation of Castlevania in addition to the unique sequence Blood of Zeus. The studio’s newest high-profile mission is Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and an animated Tomb Raider present is within the pipeline for the corporate’s future.
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