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Marvel Round-Up: 'Captain America,' 'Iron Man,' 'Thor' Sequels & More

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April 16, 2012

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No, we're not starting a whole new column devoted to Marvel movies here at FirstShowing (at least not yet). But with the world premiere of Marvel's The Avengers taking place in Hollywood last week and the cast and filmmakers beginning their worldwide press tour, we figured it would be a good idea to do a quick roundup of all the most relevant bits of information that have come out in the past few days about Marvel's upcoming film slate. So settle in, kick back, and prepare yourselves for some info about Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, The Avengers sequel, a new Hulk movie, and more from around the web!

First up, i09 had a chance to speak with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and they asked him what the future holds for all of these superhero characters now that they've come together in The Avengers:

"The next thing is proving we can prevent sequel-itis. The next thing is proving that taken away from a juggernaut of a movie like Avengers, that Tony Stark/Iron Man has a different story to tell. That Thor has different worlds to go do. And, frankly, explore Steve Rogers' life in the modern world. And taking him to unexpected places, and doing it in ways that we hope will surprise people."

Since Iron Man 3 is next out of the gate for filming, let's hit that one first. Collider also got to sit down with Kevin Feige, who spilled some info about the tone of Tony Stark's next adventure:

"Iron Man 3 is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie — and I'll tell you because you're a good guy — is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1. Metaphorically, we're not going back to the cave, there's nothing like that, but we've always said let's get Tony back to the cave, which is he's stripped of everything, he's backed up against a wall, and he's gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can't call Thor, he can't call Cap, he can't call Nick Fury, and he can't look for the Helicarrier in the sky."

Collider's conversation with Feige also yielded some interesting results when the discussion turned to Thor 2, as he revealed the love story is going to be at the forefront and confirmed Anthony Hopkins will be back:

"[Thor's maturity] is sort of the crux of the whole sequel and it’s what Hemsworth is most excited about diving into, and it’s what is the heart of story; it’s Thor and Jane, to continue that dynamic. Really they were only together for three days, and do they love each other? Do they like each other? Do they know each other? We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert. And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there."

Over on SlashFilm, they had a chance to talk to Chris Hemsworth about Thor 2, and the son of Odin had some positive things to say about director Alan Taylor:

"I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago…I’m a big fan of the 'Game of Thrones' series, which is Alan’s latest work, and I think that is what’s exciting about the second one: making it sort of more tangible and having a more organic feel to Asgard and that world…I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan wants to bring to it."

Actor Chris Evans also spoke with Danger and revealed some key details about the likely plotline of Captain America 2 and Cap's continued connection to S.H.I.E.L.D.:

"I think they're going to try and push it in the direction of a political thriller. It picks up where we leave off with 'The Avengers.' And Captain Rogers goes back to working for S.H.I.E.L.D. That's all he knows. He understands the military, he understands serving his country, so he goes back to serving his country with S.H.I.E.L.D. But we've got some good new characters in there. I probably can't tell you too much more or I'll get in trouble."

Making his rounds across the interwebs, Feige also chatted with Huffington Post about the possibility of another singular Hulk movie after the green guy's crowd-pleasing antics in Avengers, but fans shouldn't get their hopes up:

"Well, no. ['The Avengers'] was the other shot. Right? I mean, this was the third appearance of Hulk and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk's appearance in Avengers. So, I love that people are saying [positive things about the Hulk in Avengers] and are feeling that way about Hulk, but mission accomplished at this point. And the way we go forward, we'll see. But it was a long road to get to this point. Although, I will say, after the [premiere] screening, I heard various arguments over who was their favorite. Which is my favorite thing: Arguing over what was the favorite moment or character. And the fact that so many of them are saying "Hulk" feels very, very good. Where we go next, we'll see. But we'll be very careful about it and deliberate — as we were in how we wanted to bring him back in Avengers."

Finally, CraveOnline spoke with Feige about the more obscure Marvel characters that could be making their way to the big screen in the near future. (The company still hasn't officially revealed their second movie that will be released in 2014.) Here's what he had to say about prioritizing their upcoming releases:

"I think whether it's 'Ant-Man,' or 'Dr. Strange,' or 'The Inhumans,' or 'The Guardians of the Galaxy'… [Feige is asked to clarify which version of the Guardians would be featured, and he continued with his response] Yeah. It's more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team."

As for a sequel to The Avengers, Collider got Feige to reveal they've got an option on Joss Whedon to come back to write and direct a second superhero collaboration down the road, but that's so far away they're not in active discussions about that movie or the direction it'll take quite yet. That's it for now, but since all these projects are coming together little by little, stay tuned for all the forthcoming big screen endeavors coming from Marvel, and sequels for Avengers and each team member, with their own adventures coming our way soon enough. Which Marvel Studios sequel are you looking forward to the most?

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  • Last Son
    This is really exciting news. Marvel have done a fantastic job with these characters.  I like how Fiege talks about preventing Sequal-itis. It's too bad he could not prevent it with Ironman 2. Now that film was below the bar. It wasn't bad but it was not good either. 
  • Chris Amaya
    If Hulk is as badass as I'm hearing he is in the Avengers, then wouldn't it make sense to have Joss direct a new Hulk movie? I mean, he did write the action scenes didn't he? Maybe he can give us a badass Hulk movie?
    • Manuel
      I think you can make a movie about The Hulk with Ed. Norton (or some other actor of his size), but a stand alone with Ruffalo... not so good. They are using The Hulk/Ruffalo as a fill-in with Avengers. That's dissapointing.
      • Ryderup
        But you could make a film about Hulk with Hemsworth and a Cap America film with Chris Evans without problems? I don't think Ruffalo is less of a star than them.
  • Tyban
    I saw The Avengers on Saturday. I loved it. Amazing. I can't wait for a Hulk movie if he is portrayed how he was in the Avengers it would be a badass movie.
    • Chris Amaya
      You wouldn't happen to have seen it at the Westfield Shopping Center in Century City did you?
      • Tyban
        No. I saw it in San Diego.
  • LosZombies
    Why is the Hulk so damned difficult to adapt on film? :( Seems like the guy just cant get a break...
    • Solo_Calrissian
      Hulk is one of my favorite Marvel characters and the one out of the Avengers that I root for the most, but I think that he's so hard to adapt because he's so strong & powerful.  Avengers (IMO) is a large enough scale where he can be 'the Hulk' and it not look funny.
  • David Banner
    Which Marvel sequel I am looking forward to the most? None of the mentioned, wanting more X-Men. Sure, The Avengers side of Marvel is fun and all, but I prefer the mutant side. But who has the rights for the X-Men franchise, is it Disney, or does that part of Marvel belong to Fox[for now]?
    • Sprkim182
      Last I heard it was still fox and as long as they make a movie every 7 years they get to keep the rights to it. I wish Marvel could get their hands on it. I think they would really do the X-Men justice.
    • the kid get it? the kid
      x men needs to get better effects and bigger action. None of the x men films have looked this hyped up before. I really hope they do a civil war film and even an avengers vs x men film
  • Stubbz
    I can honestly say that I really enjoy about 90% of all the comic book movies being made nowadays. I have not read a single comic book and I'm not sure how popular comics books are today compared to how popular they were a couple decades ago, but I believe that the movies today are like the comic books of our past. People read comics to have their imagination run away on them, well that is why I watch movies, to escape from everyday bulls***.
    • Stubbz
      Haha I forgot to answer the topic question. I'm really anxious to hear more about the Deadpool movie.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I definitely Hulk! Hulk is ultimate superhero! But incredible hulk movie sucks! Main problem with hulk movie is budget! Hulk Wana big budget! Hulk must destroy eveything in screen! He must smash on buildings and rummble the town like godzila! He must get really angery. I think first hulk had good story and very good directing but not have heavy special effects, hulk fight with 3dog in dark and black screen in middle of jungle, nothing clear, we want hulk destroy everything like transformers movie! Hulk must defeatable and undefeatable! And in other hand I think in superhero movies specially hulk badman is more important than superhero himself. Look to batmans of Nolan! Jocker was everything! Look to doctor octapus in spiderman2! Brilliant! Look to terminator 2 or even mr.smith in matrix. Cause of being medium superhero movies is weakness of villain! Potter movie had very bad villain. Hulk must have powerful villain! I think villain in hulk2 was better than in hulk 1 but I like hulk 1 more.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I want say I love Harry potter movie, I think lord.Voldemort was unforgettable and perfect villain but I think Harry potter 6 and 7.1 and 7.2 doesn't satisfied me, I really wait a long time for potter 7.2 and want really epic battle in 2hours but half of movie was speak and other half don't have any special battle like book or lord of rings movies. Only confrontation between potter and voldemort was excellent. Length of film was 2hours because they dont wana spent more money for who that wait for them to make that movie. What pity... If Peter Jackson made Tha final potter movie film was 3hour hell of ride.o brother where art you...
    • Mikesantana70
      What the fuck does harry potter gotta do with this!!! I kno u prob cutting your wrist everyday cuz u there not gona be anymore harry potter movies
      • Dude this guy always leaves comments that make absolutely no sense to anyone apart from him self.
        • The Douche
          It's funny cause it's true.
  • Does anyone else find all the talk of sequels for all of the key players of the Avengers take something away from the film? I mean I've not seen the film yet but one assumes it must be a pretty big threat to bring everyone together, yet even before seeing it we're meant to believe that each character will go back to fighting his own little battle, without the support of those he stood shoulder to shoulder with earlier. These studios/creators etc really can't ever show a little patience can they? Even before an audience has had a chance to drink in the emotive experience of the Avengers and maybe even have a twinge of danger of who will make it, who will be scarred etc, they are already saying "forget that, we've got something even better planned".
    • Awtan90
      Yeah, it takes any would be suspense out of the avengers because now we know captain america, iron man, thor, and the hulk all survive. So in a way why should we even care about it?
      • Chip_Tha_Ripper
        Why would ANY of them die? Except for iron man no one character/actor has been in more than 1 movie. If you want to watch the hero die go watch batman this summer, im pretty sure he wilp die
        • Awtan90
          They should all die because they all suck. Especially captain america because of his poorly designed helmet. 
    • the kid get it? the kid
      Thats so true smh. Idk why they cant keep sequel details until the day it comes out. You barely have enough time to concentrate on the movie because your thinking how it will lead into others. Marvel needs to take a breather. They release most of the story before you even see it -_____-
  • Voice of Reason
    They already made a piss poor sequel to Iron Man, and hopefully they know this. FSN mentioned the Extremis story arc of Iron Man in an earlier article; I promptly read the comics through Comixology and think it jives with what Feige said and would be very happy if the 3rd movie took its influence from that.
  • Loser
    Hulk Smash
  • Loser
    Hulk just want to be left alone, Hulk smash sequel
  • I wonder if Tony Stark subscribes to the Buffett Rule... IRON MAN 3: WAR ON TAXES!!!! **pew pew**
  • Deadpool-003
    But where is the Deadpool movie.
    • Solo_Calrissian
      I'm not sure I can handle Ryan Reynolds in any more comic books roles... If they recast for Deadpool i'm all in!
  • The Douche
    I love the Marvel movies especially Capt. America, but I do wanna see some DC movies. They do have some characters with great stories to tell. As for Marvel Sequel, I guess Renner is not big time enough to get his own movie or is Hawkeye not a big enough character?
  • Ross
    "... very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1. Metaphorically, we're not going back to the cave, there's nothing like that, but we've always said let's get Tony back to the cave, which is he's stripped of everything, he's backed up against a wall, and he's gotta use his intelligence to get out of it.  " You mean like a metaphore?
  • Leeseymours1984
    Well Id like to see how CAP 2 will shape I mean Baron Zemo might turn up, then theres a question of a certain U.S AGENT that might turn up. Question to everyone is it me or does it seem a lil weird that they got all the AVENGERS together and when they see LOKI & the Alien Army that he brings you'd think Tony would have said 'ya know what theres this guy who's like my best friend and he's got the same armour as me but he's proper packed full of weapons and rockets his name is WAR MACHINE' id like to know why they didnt get Chedale to do a WAR MACHINE cameo.
    • Solo_Calrissian
      Kind of only makes sense....  If fact you'd almost think he'd have been deployed into the situation as a US Defense measure.  Good catch.  I hope they explain and/or I hope the cameo is Terrance Howard. 
  • that cool kid
    they need to make the hulk go bad already. Also a superman vs. batman film would be amazing.
  • Enzo
    What about The Runaways? I really wanna see that get made. 
  • Loser
    I would love love love to see a Winter Soldier movie written by Ed Brubaker
  • the kid get it? the kid
    Justice league will most likely be put into its early stages after avengers gets released. Warner Brothers needs to create some serious money making franchises after batman otherwise their going to go bankrupt quick. Sony needs to give up as well. Spiderman , men in black, and ghost rider are all shit right now. They cant seem to bring attention to audiences anymore.
  • Crazy Legs
    I would like to see a grittier Daredevil film with Joel Edgerton as Daredevil. I still say Guy Pearce woud be a perfect Deadpool. Completely ignore what they did to the character in Wolverine Origins. What a  waste of such a great character! Like Venom in Spiderman 3. Even though I'll watch the movies that come out I want to see lesser known characters make the transition from comics to movies. I'd love to see a bad ass Iron Fist and Power Man movie. Make it take place in the 70's in New York and Hong Kong. Have RZA do the score. The Marvel universe is so vast and awesome I just want to see more of it at the movies! And I know it's not Marvel but I'd like to see a good Spawn movie. The original was terrible and at the time it came out Spawn was one of my favorite comics. Get Guillermo del Toro to direct. Could you imagine the look of the film?!  And guys why is everyone so mean to Ehsan? He's just expressing his opinions like the rest of us. I love that there are people from all over the place on here talking about something we all obviously love. This website rocks for that and more!
    • Were not mean to him man, it's just he leaves these comments and wants people to reply and talk to him, yet he makes no attempt what so ever in structuring or putting a point across in his rant filled paragraphs, foreigner or not, he should still try and make a point in a reasonable fashion if he wants people to take him seriously lol
  • Drsteelr
    Id like to see a BLACK PANTHER MOVIE!
  • ViperT1000
    Yes I want to see Black Panther, Namor, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Wasp. Also I want Thor with Lady Sif or maybe with Enchantress and not with Jane AKA Natalie Portman. Hulk needs a committed actor to stick to the role. Captain America needs to show more leadership in his role. Also a Luke Cage movie would be awesome. Even a third Fantastic Four movie would be great! 
  • arthur levant
    I would love to see a marvel vs dc movie. I loved that series in the 90's
  • Drock59
    I like the idea of making Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man, and Dr. Strange movies, but not Inhumans. I'd rather see Black Panther, Heroes for Hire, or Namor. Any one of those characters could be simply be introduced in any Avengers sequels too. Hopefully Marvel can get the Fantastic Four movie rights back from Fox sooner rather than later so Silver Surfer and Galactus can be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But sounds like Fox is developing a FF reboot dammitt!
  • Onionfarb
    Hulk sequel! It's been in the wind for years now, but the first had a cliffhanger and it deserves a sequel. The Hulk garnered applause from the audience at least 5 times when I saw The Avengers, and Mark Ruffalo's performance was great. I think there is a lot of potential in a sequel.
  • chrissy91
    I think it would be interesting to have more on the black widow and hawk eye They appear in a lot of these movies, but there is a lot of detail left of. I am one of the Hulk fans, and think Mark Rufalo was perfect!

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