After the Avengers Assemble, What Happens Next for Marvel’s Merry Men?

We have already given you some news on a Hulk movie today so what about the rest of the Marvel universe. So, you’ve gone to the cinema, stocked up on popcorn and refreshments, and then drooled all over yourself at the sheer awesome spectacle that was Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (not forgetting that jaw dropping after-credits scene), and are wondering what happens now for Marvel Studios’ megastars.

If your immediate response was Avengers Assemble 2, then nil points to you over-eager True Believer. The future of Marvel Studios is the second cycle of superhero movies to pave the way.

According to SuperHeroHype there are four Marvel Studios flicks confirmed and scheduled. Iron Man 3 will throw the first punch on 3rd May 2013 followed by the hammer of Thor 2 on 15th November 2013. The Captain America sequel is penned for 4th April 2014.

The fourth film (scheduled for 16th May 2014) has yet to be titled but could very well be the next Avengers film. Or a Mark Ruffalo Hulk. Or a Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. movie. Or something equally awesome.
Bringing together the rumours, the Geeks bring you the scoop on what’s coming ahead….

Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr. has managed to single-handedly sell a billionaire in a big metal suit and a battery in his chest to cinema-goers around the world. And in doing so, paved the way for the Avengers.

Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has suggested that the intention with the film is to keep Iron Man and Tony Stark more independent from Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers so we return to the more focused approach of the first Iron Man film. Which would be much appreciated.

Work on Iron Man 3 is already under way and filming is expected to start in a few weeks. The director of Iron Man 3 will be Shane Black whose last film was 2005’s Robert Downey, Jr. starring Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It’s good to know that Jon Favreau’s replacement has some experience with the Downey.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are confirmed to reprise their roles as Pepper Potts and Lt. James Rhodes/War Machine.
Currently in discussions for undisclosed roles in the film include Ben Kingsley, Jessica Chastain, and Chinese superstar Andy Lau. Guy Pearce is in final talks to play big bad Aldrich Killian who was featured in the Iron Man comic’s Extremis story arc.

Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Company, and DMG Entertainment have also reached an agreement to co-produce Iron Man 3 in China. That news kind of makes the Monaco Grand Prix fight in Iron Man 2 seem slightly less epic. Anyone up for an epic fight scene in downtown Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong?

Iron Man 3 is scheduled to release on 3rd May 2013.

Thor 2
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are all confirmed to return to their respective roles (Thor, Jane Foster, Loki, and Heimdall). The rest of Thor’s Asgard pals – including Ray Stevenson’s Volstagg, Jaime Alexander’s Sif, and Joshua Dallas’ Fandral – are currently in talks to reprise. No word yet on whether Anthony Hopkins will come back as Odin.

The screenplay will be handled by Don Payne with rewriting by Saving Private Ryan’s Robert Rodat Alan Taylor from TV series Game of Thrones has stepped into the void of direction left by Patty Jenkins, which will be his first feature film. Kenneth Branagh will not be returning to sit in the director’s chair but will likely return in a producing capacity.

In an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige suggested that Thor 2 will continue to explore Thor’s newfound maturity, his changing relationship with his father, Odin, and adopted brother Loki. Feige was also keen to state that there would be a better focus on Thor’s relationship with Jane Foster.

Interestingly there is this nice little quote: “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.” So looks like we’ll get more drama and lest hammy stuff this time around. Slashfilm also got some quotes from Chris Hemsworth about the setting of the next Thor film. In particular how Alan Taylor is planning to give Asgard a more organic Viking feel than the overly futuristic scifi we had before. Will this be equally jaw-dropping? Time will tell.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in the UK in August 2012 and the film is to be released 15th November 2013.

Captain America 2
As for Captain America’s next film foray, very little is known, besides the release date of 4th April 2014. In a recent interview with SuperHeroHype, Kevin Feige said “’Captain America’ will be a pure Steve Rogers story, but have more in common with the backdrop of ‘Avengers.’”

This suggests that Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. may still be involved in the life of the Star Spangled Super Soldier – which doesn’t entirely disagree with the early days of the Captain America comic in the 1960s. Marvel Studios has yet to pick a director but New York Magazine has suggested that there is now a shortlist of about two sets of people: The Adjustment Bureau’s George Nolfi, and brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo.

The Russos are currently known as executive producers and directors of the TV series Community. Their last directorial job was the haphazard You, Me, and Dupree. Here’s hoping they do a better job with Steve Rogers’ new life in the 21st century. The script for the next Captain America film is currently being handled by the screenwriters of The First Avenger, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus.

Filming has yet to start, but chances are it will occur after Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 wrap up.

Sources: SuperHeroHype, Empire, Slashfilm, Collider, Comicbookresources.
GS Reporter: Dean Simons

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