The Comic: Marvel has a bash at blaxploitation, with this tale of a street kid who finds himself incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. In exchange for his freedom, Cage agrees to an experimental procedure that leaves him with hugely exaggerated muscles and skin as hard as steel. Newly tricked out with these formidable attributes, Cage sets up shop as a kind of badass private detective, complete with the brilliantly awful catchphrase, "Sweet Christmas!"
The Movie Version: Strip away the Black Dynamite-style patois and play it straight, and Marvel could have a cracking franchise on their hands. Although in the comics Cage often refuses money, it'd be more interesting to see a super-hero using his powers for monetary gain as opposed to your common or garden do-goodery. Plus, it's high time we saw a black super-hero on the big screen…
Dream Director: Shane Black might already have Iron Man 3 on his hands, but his ease with both snappy dialogue and heart-pounding action would make him the perfect fit for this one.
Cast: Idris Elba would be brilliant as Cage, sporting both the attitude and physique for a truly imposing antihero. We'd usher in a Wire reunion by casting Michael K Williams as Cage's friend turned enemy, Willis Stryker.