For the 10th episode of the Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast, I was joined by my friend and comic book expert Steve Lam, who writes for about all things superheroes.

We discuss a broad range of comic book films, with a focus on the major studios and their movie slates, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor), the burgeoning DC Comics cinematic universe (Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, The Justice League), Sony’s Spider-Man franchise (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Venom, The Sinister Six)  and Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men movies, including our expectations and questions about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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It’s also an exciting time for superheroes on television, with shows like Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow and the upcoming Marvel series on Netflix, which look to be culminating in a Defenders series in the same way that Marvel Studios’ Phase One built up to The Avengers.

If you would like more detailed analysis of this genre as well as tips on how to write your own superhero movie screenplay, check out the archived version of my webinar “Writing the Superhero Movie” with The Writers Store.

Any questions or if you just want to talk shop about superheroes, shoot me an email.

Good luck and happy writing,
Dan Calvisi

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