Marvel Announces Next Four Films - Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers!
by Alex Billington
May 5, 2008
In connection with the official earnings announcement for Iron Man, Marvel has announced its next four upcoming films after 2009 and spilled a few more details on additional projects in the works. The huge success of Iron Man this past weekend has instantly greenlit the sequel, now set for this same weekend in 2010. Following that will be Thor in June of 2010. And then 2011 is the year where we'll see it all begin - Captain America and The Avengers will finally make their debut. Some additional details were also mentioned on a few other projects. One thing is clear - Marvel is really starting to build an interconnected universe of superheroes and we'll start to see all of their movies connecting over the next few years.
Iron Man 2 - April 30th, 2010
Thor - June 4th, 2010
The First Avenger: Captain America - May 6th, 2011
The Avengers - July, 2011
As we already know, Stardust's Matthew Vaughn will be directing Thor, however no other details have been announced for that project. Marvel Studio's David Maisel did also say that Thor will actually be introduced in Iron Man 2, which is one of the crossovers in the works. In addition, in 2011, the Captain America movie will lead directly into The Avengers. Whoever is cast as Steve Rogers aka Captain America will essentially be making two movies at once - since the character will be introduced in the first movie and head straight into The Avengers.
Regarding more Hulk movies, Maisel's response was "we definitely plan on continuing." But we all know that depends on how well Edward Norton's reimagining does this June. In addition, Maisel gave this last update, "I can't give any other updates other than to say it's in development and everybody's excited about Spider-Man 4." This is definitely a very promising future for Marvel and I'm certain the comics community is abuzz today with much discussion on all of the upcoming films.
As for the rest of this year and next year, we've got The Incredible Hulk coming up, Punisher: War Zone this fall, and only X-Men Origins: Wolverine for 2009. Do they have something else in the works that they'll spring on us last minute for 2009? Or will that be a more mellower year as we lead into the more exciting 2010 and 2011? What do you think about all of Marvel's upcoming line-up?