Marvel’s ‘Power Pack’ is powering up! There have been rumblings of a project featuring these pre-teen super siblings for years now, with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ executive producer Jonathan Schwartz attached to oversee it since 2017. In mid-2018, it was reported that this was still under consideration. MCU Cosmic reports that ‘Power Pack’ has been moved into “active development,” although it is unclear whether this is a movie or a TV series for Disney+. Either would be a great fit for this property!
Last summer, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said:
“‘Power Pack’ is a property that we’ve been interested in for a long time. For many years because we wanted to do something for families, something that’s a little younger, ‘Ant-Man’ has kind of become that franchise, certainly with ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, but ‘Power Pack’ still is one of the many things that we discuss. Wouldn’t it be fun to do someday?”
Created by Louise Simonson in 1984, ‘Power Pack’ revolved around the exploits of the Power (their real last name) siblings, who were given abilities by a kindly dying alien, Aelfyre “Whitey” Whitemane of the Kymellian race, to protect them (and the Earth) against the evil invading Snarks. Alex, age 12, adopted the name Gee (later Zero-G), and could cancel out gravity. Julie, age 10, became Lightspeed. She could fly at great speeds, leaving behind a rainbow trail. Jack, 8, became Mass Master and could alter his density, either adopting a large whispy cloud-like form or becoming super dense and small. And Katie, 5, could convert solid matter into energy, calling herself Energizer.
The kids later discovered they could swap powers, and that any one of them could possess multiple powers at a time, even all four. But only one sibling could use one or more power at a time, so if one kid had all four abilities, the others would be powerless.
Franklin Richards, son of the Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman, often accompanied them on adventures, and in more recent comics, his sister Valeria has also tagged along.
‘Power Pack’ could be a gamble for Marvel Studios. It may skew too young for adults and be dismissed as a “family movie.” If it becomes a TV series, it could be great, but there have already been numerous TV shows about super families and/or siblings. But if Marvel can capture the same charm that made Warner Brothers’ ‘Shazam!’ a hit, this could turn out really enjoyable!
What do you think?