Avengers news... don't expect a movie soon!


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From USAToday.com:

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Marvel's 'New Avengers' draws on familiar faces

Comic books have been a cash cow for Hollywood for years. Now Tinseltown is repaying the favor.

Hoping to capitalize on the success of several popular comic-book films, including the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, Marvel Comics is revamping its Avengers comic book to feature heroes who successfully crossed over to the big screen.

Gone from the team are Wasp, Hank Pym and She-Hulk. New cast members, featured here in an exclusive look at the alternative cover to the first edition of the New Avengers, include Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman and Sentry. A "mystery member" is also on the team, but he won't be identified for several issues. Suffice to say he's a Marvel favorite, a Hollywood hit, and the item in his hands is a big clue.

The only holdovers are Captain America and Iron Man, both of whom are favorites of Hollywood: Scripts are being written for both characters.

But don't look for an Avengers film anytime soon, comic book author Brian Bendis says. "We own all the comic-book characters, but different studios own their film rights. An Avengers movie would cost $700 million."

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