BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

There's three common factors that seems to unite directors of superhero flicks: boundless energy, ambition and a packed calendar.

During a recent online fan-led Q&A with , who's attached to helm Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, he opened up about the comics he'd love to tackle after Guardians. Given that the ensemble feature doesn't even come out until next August, we're guessing this guy's like one of those friends you have to book up three weeks in advance to go for a casual beer with.

Still, we can't fault his taste. The superhero helmer named three comics in particular as his favorite properties to take to the big screen: We3, Hit-Monkey and Thunderbolts.

We3 is a three issue miniseries that's been described as 'Western Manga' that came out all the way back in 2004, published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. The story follows a squad of three prototype 'animal weapons' as they escape captivity, and is made up of a dog (Bandit), a cat (Tinker) and a rabbit (Pirate), who were kidnapped and then encased in robotic armor. The series has long been a source of interest for those in the film world – in 2006, New Line Cinema optioned the series and a script was penned. Then in 2008, things got a little complicated – Kung Fu Panda's director was attached to helm, but we learnt that New Line Cinema were no longer involved. We haven't heard anything about the project since, but perhaps Gunn's comment is enough to stir Stevenson into action!

Hit-Monkey is a Marvel character who has appeared in some issues of Deadpool, his own one-shot special and his own miniseries. He is, as the name implies, a monkey with mad assassination skillz. Dexter-ishly, he's a serial killer who hunts serial killers (or, ok, more accurately, an assassin who hunts assassins).

Thunderbolts is another Marvel Comics title. Originally, it centered on (and we love this!) a team of supervillains pretending to be superheroes, who first appeared in The Incredible Hulk in January 1997. But later, they saw the light, changed their ways and became actual heroes. Their talented team has changed multiple times over the years.

All three sound like solid picks to me - especially Thunderbolts! Let me know your thoughts below.


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