Monday, May 5, 2008
Marvel Announces Upcoming Releases
After the staggering success of Iron Man in its opening weekend (apparently the 10th best opening weekend ever and over $200 million already overseas!), Marvel Studios have announced their slate for the next few years. First off, Iron Man 2 is coming on April 30th, 2010 (they were already talking about a sequel to this one based on the good word-of-mouth, so this isn't surprising to anyone who understands the concept of money). Next, the lesser-known hero Thor will get his own big screen adaptation with director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake) at the helm; this one's to be released on June 4th, 2010. The long-awaited Captain America movie, with the working title of The First Avenger: Captain America, will follow Thor into theaters almost a year later on May 6th, 2011. And the highly anticipated Avengers (the Marvel equivalent to the Justice League) will be last with a July 2011 release.
With the new cross-promotion tactics that Marvel is working on (stay after the ending credits for Iron Man if you haven't seen it yet), it won't surprise me at all if we see a lot of these heroes creeping into each others' movies in order to increase awareness of these not-as-popular characters. In any case, I'm sure Iron Man 2 will be sweet and Captain America has the potential to be an awesome movie if they do it correctly. I'm not so sure about Thor and the Avengers. More news on these projects as it unfolds.