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Thor, Cap & Avengers Get New Dates
And Spider-Man 4 set for May, 2011

12 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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There’s been a lot of Marvel-related activity over the last 24 hours, with the news that Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson have signed on to star as Whiplash and Black Widow, respectively, in Iron Man 2.

But, as Jimmy Cricket might say, c’mere… there’s more. A lot more, in fact, for it was today announced that Marvel Studios has been rejigging the release dates of three of its biggest upcoming properties.

Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, which had been scheduled to come out on July 16, 2010, has been pushed back almost a full calendar year. Now the Norse God of Thunder will be steaming into action on June 17, 2011.

The First Avenger: Captain America, the WWII-set introduction of Marvel’s star-spangled flagbearer, will now come out on July 22, 2011. The Joe Johnston-directed adventure had previously been scheduled for May 6, 2011.

The positioning of two members of The Avengers just a month apart is no accident, for Marvel has moved its most ambitious movie back a year, allowing momentum to build up with the intro of Cap and Thor.

The superhero mash-up, which will see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and maybe Black Widow, Nick Fury and previously unannounced hero come together, will now come out on May 4, 2012, ten months on from its original date of July 15, 2011.

And the Marvel madness doesn’t end there. In the summer of 2011, you won’t be able to swing an enchanted hammer without hitting a Marvel superhero, after it was also confirmed that Sony will release Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 on May 6, 2011.

Iron Man 2 remains where it was – on May 7, 2010. And, given the two-year gap between that movie and the original, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Iron Man 3 announced at some point for 2012, possibly slotting into a post-Avengers date.

So, readers, excited about this? Do you think that, even with an extra year, Marvel might struggle to make Thor a serious big-screen proposition? Can you see any way that The Avengers won’t be the most expensive movie ever made? And where do you think Spider-Man 4 could go?

Answers below…

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i think its hard not to be excited about these films. i mean whether you are a comic fan or not its hard to deny the entertainment value here. hulk/iron man were far from the best movies ever but were certainly great friday night movies. if its that direction they are going fine with me or the dark knight/watchmen path of making allround fine films then all the better. i know i wont get bored of either any time soon More

Posted by michaelgft at 20:44 on 15 March 2009 | Report This Post

i'm intrigued and excited
but i'm not much of a comic book fan so thats why i'm more intrigued and not as excited because although i think those films will be good i don't really have much previous or intricate knowledge about the characters but i do know a bit and a film about the avengers has a lot of potential to be good so we'll have to wait and see if the hype is correct as we want it to be More

Posted by duncanainsworth at 09:47 on 15 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel(ish)
say of the group, Thor excites me the most and I think it will be an epic given the director chosen and his style and previous work.t="trebuchet ms"] think we'll hit burn out for a while, as the fan base for comic books and graphic novels is huge and will remain so.t="trebuchet ms"] t saying we would turn up to any old shit, but as long as the films are consistent across the genre, which on a whole, both DC and Marvel they have, we'll embrace the films.t="trebuchet ms"]     & More

Posted by JIm R at 16:01 on 14 March 2009 | Report This Post

If I was a kid (again) I don't think I could wait, but I'm not so I'll keep my gas at peep. I unfortunately remember the first Cap. film and it was how can I put this..........CRAP! So let's hope Marvel make a better fist of it. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:12 on 14 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Spidey
It's easy for you to say - Marvel, get the rights back. WHat you dont seem to realise is that the payout from Sony is footing the bill for the other films. So relax and let Marvel do what they do best. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 05:22 on 14 March 2009 | Report This Post

I'm excited to see Spidey trail-blaze, being the first of the new comic book movies to hit 4 installments (unless you count Wolverine as X-men). Whereas with the others is there not a chance people will avoid investing in the first/second installments because they're signing up to a whole swathe of sequels already announced! Also, someone mentioned the death of Venom - but Dr Connors still has a sample! More

Posted by Ambition at 16:12 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

I can understand that true Marvel fans are going to be excited at all of this news, I do however feel that Marvel is trying to squeeze the superhero market, maybe even to rid of DC once an for all, Having said all of that, the last DC film (Dark Knight) and also Superman Returns weretremendous films, rather than a 3* empire rating i.e the Hulk and Iron Man. This leaves us now in a precarious position where we dont know if to be excited by a glut of Marvel invasion or be more excited about the wa More

Posted by shiineybaws at 13:02 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

Iron Man 3
You expect Iron Man 3 & Avengers to come out within a few months while Jon Favreau is favourite to direct the Avengers? Either you're wildly optimistic or under informed. More

Posted by boriordan at 11:18 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

About time!
As far as im concerned this is a long over due move for marvel.Their finally in a posistion to do their own movies whithout the help of idiot outside studios.Their building their universe on screen and its awesome!Seeing Iron Man and Hulk bleed into each other (S.H.I.E.L.D,Nick Fury, Stark at the end of Hulk) and the way they hinted at whats to come (Caps Shield in Iron Man) really gives me hope that Marvel are playing a long term game. They know their making one big story and their taking their More

Posted by Web Head at 10:06 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

Quality not Quantity !!
Marvel seem obsessed with churning out production line superhero flics at the moment. DC have realsed what, two/three in the last 6 years and they have been absolutely top of the line. Why can't Marvel realise that its quality not quantity that people want? We are going have years of X3 style shite !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:31 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

Where to start?
I sort of saw the Thor pushback coming as it was way too awfully quiet for a major blockbuster set to come out next year. Heard Alexander Skaarsgard might be playing Thor and he seems a good fit. Still looking forward to Captain America (hopefully they'll drop The First Avenger:), it has the potential to be Marvel's most bold and epic film yet! Spiderman has sort of gone off the radar since Iron Man came swooping into town, they'll need to come up with a seriously good story if webhead is to cli More

Posted by mighty mick at 00:05 on 13 March 2009 | Report This Post

Where are you DC / Warner / Legendary pictures .......
DC anyone ???? More

Posted by Gillhead at 22:16 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

Wake me up when it arrives!
Why get excited? What's the point? The movies don't come out for another 2/3 years anyway, so there is no way I am gonna starting weeing in excitement just yet! Fucking hell, wait a while. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 21:18 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

We'll just have to wait and see how things pan out. Personally, I think it is a good thing to see that Marvel is postponing the release dates. Time for them to produce better quality movies. More

Posted by onyx79 at 20:54 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

2 much
What are Marvel trying to do? Kill the superhero. I mean, last years summer was a bit much, but come on 3 movies in the space of 3 months is too much. I don't think there is enough room for 3 superhero movies in that time period (specially from the same studio). I agree with davidharriswilson, this will be the start of overkill and then maybe the backlash. I love my superhero movies, Superman has it for me, loved Returns, awsome film (and no Wachowski bros, for the sequel). But Marvel seem i More

Posted by cra1gs at 20:08 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

2 much
What are Marvel trying to do? Kill the superhero. I mean, last years summer was a bit much, but come on 3 movies in the space of 3 months is too much. I don't think there is enough room for 3 superhero movies in that time period (specially from the same studio). I agree with davidharriswilson, this will be the start of overkill and then maybe the backlash. I love my superhero movies, Superman has it for me, loved Returns, awsome film (and no Wachowski bros, for the sequel). But Marvel seem i More

Posted by cra1gs at 20:04 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

I really hope Marvel can pull of this Avengers film - truly. They won't have to worry about origins, so they can get down to business as a three hour movie won't work here. More

Posted by Lemure at 20:01 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

Way too much too soon...
However with the idea of pushing back dates for certain films...this means Marvel must know what they are doing...I mean last year we had Incredible Hulk and Iron Man both released about a month apart from each it does make sense I guess...but then as has been mentioned already, there is the added risk that all this could go horribly wrong for Marvel. I think most notably Spider-Man 4...had Raimi not killed off Venom in 3 we could have had something more interesting to look forward to More

Posted by Noelg25 at 19:57 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

Beginning of the end
Watchmen means the superhero arc is already peaking and we are into the backlash. Iron Man 2 will get away with it - but the rest are too late. It's like trying to eat the entire menu - brave idea in principal, but too much of a good thing. More

Posted by davidharriswilson at 19:46 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

Couldn't be more excited!
Only one I'm dubious about is Spider-Man 4. Maybe they'll follow the example and take the fourth installment seriously. I am so curious to see how this Avengers thing plays out. More

Posted by mikeonbass2 at 19:38 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

Marvel overload..
Iron Man 2 is a definite to do good business, if the others don't, then the Avengers film won't. There's alot of money and alot of risk involved in this. At least pushing back the releases means they're not going to rush the films. More

Posted by crimebusterofthesea at 18:38 on 12 March 2009 | Report This Post

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