On the one hand, it's good to hear that Marvel Studios is willing to FINALLY make a commitment and shovel some money around.
On the other hand, Sam Jackson more or less always plays Sam Jackson. Sure, he's fun, but he swamps his scenes in "Sam Jacksonness". For those of you who've not experienced it, "Sam Jacksonness" is the cinematic equivalent of maple syrup mixed with Colt 44.
On the one hand, a nine picture deal means that Marvel is serious about making films that will interlock.
On the other hand, I'm willing to bet they'll be doing the "30 second cameo" thing for seven or eight of those films. Those damn cameos will get super stale after a while.
On the one hand, this means Marvel wants some names and prestige.
On the other hand, isn't getting Spider-man and the Fantastic Four properties back into caring hands MORE important? (Why doesn't Marvel offer, in trade for getting Spider-man back, to buy every single last unused copy of Sonic The Hedgehog for the PS3?) Personally, I'd been more happy with an unknown.
The best part of this news for a Marvel fanatic is the "nine picture" part, not the "Sam Jackson" part. Now if they can hurry up and cast Captain America so that I can hate them Waiting with hope for mediocrity is now the official national geek pastime.