Stan Lee, the iconic comic-book creator long associated with the Marvel Comic empire that includes such recognizable staples as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Iron Man, has announced a joint venture with a Hong Kong investment company to create a new superhero franchise aimed at Chinese and foreign audiences. Mr. Lee’s Pow! Entertainment will be the prime artistic and production partner for a new company to be called Magic Storm Entertainment. The new entity, with monies from Hong Kong investors, will announce its first film project later this summer. “I have been eagerly awaiting this great opportunity”, Lee said in the statement that appeared on his company’s website. “This is a chance to combine the best of American superhero epics with the best of Chinese and Asian classical filmmaking for motional pictures that would be excitedly received worldwide.” Most of Mr. Lee’s flagship characters have already been adapted for the big screen so speculation is high that the first project to emerge out of the company will have new superhero characters. Sci-fi geeks are holding their breaths…….
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