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Marvel’s big screen mission

The Marvel brand name celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The new studio shipped its first feature, ‘Iron Man,’ in May of last year. It’s the library of some 5,000 characters -- good, evil, well-known and bit players -- that makes the venture so intriguing.

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One of the classic teams that Marvel is eyeing for the silver screen is the Avengers, which brought together old World War II war horse Captain America (center) with newer heroes (clockwise from top left) Wasp, Iron Man, Thor and Giant-Man. Scowling in the background (top right) is Namor the Sub-Mariner, a Marvel anti-hero dating back to 1939.

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Captain America may be the biggest name in the Marvel library that hasn’t made the leap to live-action feature film yet. He’s pictured with Sharon Carter and Nick Fury, as well as, in the ominous clouds overhead, his arch-enemy the Red Skull.

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Black Panther, the African prince turned superhero, is another property Marvel has circled for film consideration. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
Thor, the Norse thunder god, is also being considered for a popcorn film. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
“The Incredible Hulk” arrived in theaters last summer, with Edward Norton in the title role, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
Thor hit the comics in 1962, thanks to Marvel’s famous creative duo of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
Captain America was created back in 1941 by Kirby and Joe Simon. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
Director Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) has been announced as the director of “Ant-Man,” a film featuring a lesser-known bug hero from the Marvel universe. (Marvel Characters Inc.)
Dr. Strange, the master of the mystic arts, could be a spookier Marvel venture as the studio proceeds with a plan to make 10 films in the next five years. (Marvel Characters Inc.)