The years are certainly flying by fast. A little too fast if you’re over at Marvel.
The comic book heavyweight, through its own Marvel Studios, has been cranking up its summer blockbuster film releases in recent times, highlighted by 2008′s double of Ironman and The Incredible Hulk.
Those two films, while impressive in their own right, particularly the former, have been geared to lead into a full-blown, much-touted Avengers film.
As opposed to that British pair that were seen in their own bomb of a movie about 10 years ago starring Uma Thurman and Ralp Fiennes, the Marvel Avengers of course can be likened to DC Comics’ Justice League.
It features the ’big four’, the traditional superheroes of Marvel, the aforementioned Ironman, Hulk, and Captain America and Thor.
The plan at Marvel, which has only recently begun making its own movies so as to have complete control over its characters, is to release stand-alone Captain America and Thor pictures before the ‘team-up’.
They seem to have lost track of time though. While Thor was to be out in 2010 and Avengers in 2011, they have in deed been pushed back a whole year.
Ironman 2, which will again star Robert Downey Jnr as well as the impressive new trio of Scarlett Johannsen, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, will still be released May 7, 2010.
It will now be followed by Thor on June 17, 2011, then (the ridiculously-titled) The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011, and finally The Avengers on May 4, 2012.
“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,” Marvel Studios chairman said David Maisel said when announcing the new release dates.
Spider-Man, while not a part of the Avengers, doesn’t miss out either with Marvel Studios confirming that Sony Pictures Entertainment (which co-produces) will release Spider-Man 4 on May 6, 2011.
But, back to the Avengers team. Oddly, Kenneth Branagh has already signed to direct Thor, and is searching for an actor to play the big blonde Nordic bombshell.
Likewise, it will no doubt be a difficult task to lock in someone capable of tackling Captain America. It’s been tried before and failed miserably.
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I’m personally still sceptical about either Thor or Captain America working on the big-screen as they just don’t have that believability that is needed of movie superheroes these days after the success of Ironman and The Dark Knight. A big green giant called Incredible Hulk barely got away with it.
I mean their costumes for starters are both pretty ridiculous. Especially the Cap’s which might be a little too patriotic in this day and age. Thor’s … well , what can you say?
Branagh and co have a challenge on their hands.