The latest Marvel whiff in the wind is a game plan (a la Pixar) to make 10 minutes shorts to run in front of the big releases, like Iron Man and Captain America. These shorts would introduce the many Marvel tight-pants dudes and dudettes who don't quite merit ther own films.
I like the idea of getting the hero universe nice and crowded but this would probably end in a sad little ghetto of mugger-punching sadness. And who do you cast in these? Someone who actually costs money or do you just nab whoever's walking down the hallway over at "The WB" and de-lice them?
"Okay, everybody, time out! I lost a contact!"