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If Stan Lee is the father of the modern comic book superhero, then Avi Arad is the godfather of the modern superhero movie - at least those that were adapted from Mr. Lee's creations for Marvel Comics.

Before Mr. Arad became involved in bringing Marvel characters to the big screen, comic nerds of my generation used to think that somehow Marvel's lineup lacked the genetic code necessary for the leap from page to action flick - unlike the heroes of rival DC Comics, particularly Superman and Batman.

But for the past two decades, Mr. Arad, a Cyprus-born, Israel-raised toy inventor, has shepherded to the screen a total of some 15 superhero flicks, from Blade to X-Men, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and The Fantastic Four, including eight consecutive films that opened at No. 1 at the box office.

(The Globe and Mail)


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