Marvel Delays Thor and The Avengers An Extra Year!

March 12, 2009

Marvel Studios

We knew it was all too good to be true! Marvel Studios originally announced back in May of 2008 that Iron Man 2 and Thor would both be out in the summer of 2010 and that The First Avenger: Captain America and the highly anticipated Avengers movie would follow in 2011, but that schedule was just a bit too ambitious. Marvel has announced today that Thor has been delayed until June 17th, 2011 and that The First Avenger: Captain America has been pushed until July 22nd, 2011 to account for that change. Additionally, The Avengers has been delayed until May 4th, 2012, a complete 31 months from now.

"This new schedule strongly sequences Marvel's movie debut dates, big screen character introductions and momentum. It maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multi-character The Avengers film in 2012," said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios. It's a bit baffling to think that it'll be nearly 3 years until we see The Avengers, but it'll be worth the wait, I'm sure. That's the big crossover movie everyone is waiting to see and it's best that they take their time on it. Marvel also confirmed that Sony is still releasing Spider-Man 4 on May 6th, 2011 as well.

These are some hefty delays, but they shouldn't upset fans. In fact, I'm glad to see that Marvel is bold enough to step back and give themselves some room to breathe. If they need to shift the schedule to work, then go ahead. Plus, we'll still see two huge superhero movies in 2011 - both Thor and Captain America.

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  • Tom W
    wow this is great news im jummping for joy... Not really this sucks
  • Hey Ya
    Makes sense. i didn't expect anything they said to happen that soon anyhow.
  • K
    I'm not surprised by this news. I'm glad they are pushing it back. If they are going to do these movies, MAKE SURE THEY DONE RIGHT! I'm willing to wait.
  • Daas
    This news isn't all that bad, I rather them take their time on Avengers and make it epic! At least we have Iron Man 2 and Spidey 4 in 2010 then Cap and Thor in 2011. They hadn't even officially cast Cap and Thor, so I knew there would be a push back. Three years in a row of immense Marvel goodness is fine by me!
  • Jmoney
    Thor and Captain America only a month apart? Hmmm further proof that Marvel is only making a Thor movie because he is such a major part of The Avengers. They really don't care if this film becomes a huge money-maker, they just want to get the character out there so he can be in The Avengers movie.
  • Jmoney
    I guess proof is the wrong word, more just evidence of my own belief
  • I remember the halcyon days after Iron Man, when Marvel went around promising the moon; even then I thought it way too ambitious, like a kid in a candy store. I said it then and I'm glad they took my advice: Slow down and chew your food.
  • Ron
    well thats sucks
  • Daas
    Oops my mistake, Spidey 4 is in 2011. So Spidey 4 in May, Thor in June, and Cap in July, all in 2011?? That's gonna be insane! Can't wait!
  • I'd rather have them take the time rather than rush it. Something as epic as The Avengers spanning over 4-5 films - yeah, I'd want to take my time too. Fanboys will have to chill.
  • Josh M
  • -Peter-
    Oh god. that's SO far away. bummer, man. at least they'll have time to perfect it all.
  • bart
  • Ironcrotch
    I hope it takes another few decades so I'll be dead by the time they release.
  • zach
    BOOOOO fuck this shit release movies sooner! oh well spider man 4 will be a day before my birthday :DDD
  • BahHumbug
    He-Man isn't a Marvel character, ya tit. And this was predicted a while ago.
    WOW!!!! To think the last year spent on earth we will have a AVENGERS movie in 2012! Sweet what a perfect way to go out. 2012 BABY IT'S ON! See you guys at the pyramids!
  • Daas
    #14, you're an idiot. #17, ROFLMFAO
  • Chris H.
    aw man! I wanted to see the Avengers movie before the world ended! Damn marvel... In all seriousness, they are putting so much effort into making Thor a good movie I say do whatever it takes to make sure the product is quality work, even if it means a delaying for a YEAR. They're giving it the full lord of the rings meets 300 treatment. Sounds good to me.
  • Spider
    Hell yeah! Marvel is now stepping up and just wants to make these flicks right!! BOLD MOVE!
  • Trey
    they got bigger fish to fry
  • Boo-Yah
    While I want to see these movies, pushing these back allows them to take their time and perfect these films. The worst thing they could have done was try to rush in order to get them out on time. I believe that was one of the problems with X3 - Fox was commited to the release date and all the pre-production problems with Vaughn dropping out and what not gave them no time to make a decent movie. I applaud Marvel for making these moves.
  • I think it is better for them to take time to make the movies even though i really want to see them. Hopefully The Incredible Hulk II will be in the running around those times too. (Also a reboot of Daredevil and Fantastic Four would be sweet as well!)
  • DarkRaven18599
    I have to agree. More time for pre-production and planning means we might hopefully have a faithful and exciting rendition later on. Everyone seems to be worried about Thor the most. For me it's all about hoping they don't make Captain America into some cheeseball goody-two-shoes flag waver. And hell, I'm Canadian and I don't want them to screw up that character.
  • Mr j Money
    #17's got it right. I hope the stories before the avenger collabo don't deviate from one another so badly that it'll be a Sh*t sandwich when it comes together. In the back of my mind I can see the avengers movie being either Hit like the NWO invasion of the mid 90's (YES I SAID IT!!) or miss like the WcW invasion. sorry for the wrestling references, but that's the only colabo outside of comic books I could think of. :)
  • D-9
  • Django - an Alan Moore Fan
    Alex Saarksgard as Thor, huh? Branagh probably met with Marvel and said - "Yeah, there's no way you'll have an even remotely worthwhile movie about Ass-gard by the appointed date. At the very least, we can be assured that the cast will have a director who can get more convincing performances out of them.
  • dave13
    why are people upset? i was scared by their original schedule, I thought if they made all those movies that fast they wouldn't turn out well. this isnt surprising at all. and lmao @ #17
  • Where the hell is a Incredible Hulk sequel... You've got to be kidding me. So let me guess. There going to wait another 4-5 years before rebooting it again, when all it needs is a sequel.
  • bart
    # 16....No kidding....just looking for some support from geek world
  • Fisherr
    Why the hell all of this delay it's a little bit too far from now, during this period what will Marvel be doing? Looking for actors to portray the Heroes?!
  • GM
    lol..please delay it forever...we don't need more comic bullshit
  • Josh
    There's no way Avengers and Spider Man 4 come out the same week. One of those will change.
  • Daas
    ^Josh, you read that wrong. Spidey 4 is coming out in 2011, Avengers is coming out in 2012.
  • Movieraider321
    I have been noticing that people in this specific article are excited for Spiderman4 however everywhere else people bash the shit out of it, I think it will be a pretty good Spiderman movie as long as hey don't fuck up another villan(i.e. Venom*who is rumored to be getting his own spin off*). And damn this sucks :(
  • Chris H.
    This is good news. Thor went from being released two months after Iron Man 2 in 2010 to a month before Captain America in 2011. Everything BUT a rush job is evident here. They're taking their time and doing it right. If they were rushing it, they would have moved it from summer 2010 to next month and slapped something together real quck, using some blonde guy with long hair and a mallet from the hardware store.
  • Jamie
    #33 why are you even here making a comment. If you didn't like comic book films you would not of read this article and you would not be making a comment. If I see something that does not interest me I go onto the next part of movie news. I don't go look at something that does not peak my interest and then bag it. Now on to this awesome news. Even though we only get one marvel film next with Ironman 2, we get three in 2011 within two months of each other. That is seriously cool and I am happy that marvel are taking there time to get these stories right. Last year they released the really good films "Ironman" & "The Incredible Hulk" and next year could not come any faster. I just hope that those guys at marvel stay on the right track.
  • zetsu
    what a fucking surprise,marvel handn't even cast anyone part from robert downey jr as tony stark,samual l jackson as nick fury & edward norton as the dr bruce now they are releasing three films between may-july 2011,hope they don't fuck this up(spider-man 4 could be shit if its got the same cast & crew making it).the avengers wants to be fucking good as getting an extra year,they better not fuck it up like geoge lucas did (fourteen years after return of the jedi he came up with the pile of shit we call the star wars the phatom meance).
  • Django - an Alan Moore Fan
    # 30 - Agreed. If they simply made Banner a little less whiny and had ZERO daylight closeup shots of a CG HULK, a sequel would win the public over. I'm sure it costs less to make an animatronic face or hand for the Hulk, a 'la King Kong, than it does to photo-realistically render the mucous of his eyeballs and every wrinkle in his moving skin. How about delivering a "Norton Cut" of the Incredible Hulk, at last? Marvel seemed to be afraid of a 2.5 hr movie, and yet Dark Knight delivered just that almost one month later... I think what Watchmen proves is that the American Public simply isn't ready for nuanced, epic storytelling. I'm seeing it again this weekend, b/c the one thing it accomplished similar to the book, is making me want to see it again.
  • Lucky
    How about James Cameron (Terminator, T2, Aliens, Titanic) for Avengers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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