After Iron Man made $100+ million at the box office this weekend, Marvel decided it was as good a time as any to bust out their plans for future comic book movies.
Last Thursday there was already talk of prepping Iron Man 2 for summer 2010. It looks like that has been confirmed via an official Marvel press release. They’re really staking their claim to that successful early summer release.
The speculated April 30, 2010 release date for Iron Man 2 is officially scheduled. This plants the flag squarely in front of the next Chronicle of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which thought it had the first spot on May 7, 2010. Take that, Aslan.
Also on the schedule is a feature film date for Thor on June 4, 2010, which finally gets a release date after being announced nine months ago. The writers strike likely affected the production schedule for it. As far as I know Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) is still attached to direct.
Apparently Captain America is headed to theaters too, something we haven’t heard much about in months. The movie is titled The First Avenger: Captain America and scheduled for May 6, 2011. Strange title and obviously setting up the next movie…
The Avengers in July 2011. According to the article, it will combine Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor characters on screen.
Also headed to theaters before then are a few other Marvel projects. Incredible Hulk in June 2008. Then the Punisher reboot in December. X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1, 2009.
Others that have been worked on (but don’t have a set date) are X-Men Origins: Magneto, Ant-Man (written by Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright), a Silver Surfer spin-off, and a long-rumored Spider-Man 4.
Here’s how the set schedule looks all nice and neat:
June 13, 2008: Incredible Hulk
December 5, 2008: Punisher: War Zone
May 1, 2009: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
April 30, 2010: Iron Man 2
June 4, 2010: Thor
May 6, 2011: The First Avenger: Captain America
July 2011: The Avengers