Marvel Delays Thor and The Avengers An Extra Year!
by Alex Billington
March 12, 2009
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.