Comic Con 2012: Marvel dates new ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ movies, announces ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ant-Man’
The Marvel panel at Comic Con made some major announcements concerning its upcoming movie projects. The next slate of movies set in the Marvel Comics universe is being referred to as “Phase Two.” Without further ado…
Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), is out May 3, 2013.
Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), is out November 8, 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is out April 4, 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy is out August 1, 2014.
Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) does not have a release date yet.
There’s the “Phase Two” lineup. At the panel, footage from Black’s Iron Man 3 rallied fans with the introduction of Tony Stark’s new nanobot technology that allows him to remotely suit up and a first look at the movie’s villain Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. For Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel detailed the five superheros who make up this new (potential franchise-worthy) team and they are Drax The Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon, and Gamora; see them all depicted above. What will likely connect this team to the one we already know (read: The Avengers) is that it is Drax’s ultimate mission to defeat Thanos, the yellowish grinning alien seen in the post-credits scene during The Avengers. For Ant-Man, Wright showed off test footage of the superhero who can grow extremely tiny and immensely large at will. Wright exclaimed, “Ant-Man will kick you ass one inch at a time.”
Check out the logos for all of the “Phase Two” Marvel movies in the gallery below. Download hi-res versions at Marvel.
It’s official: a sequel to this summer’s blockbuster Thor is in the works. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise: the Marvel superhero flick has grossed $437.5 million thus far. Chris Hemsworth will reprise as the God of Thunder, but Kenneth Branagh will not return to helm. He is expected to remain on the team as a producer, though. The search for a new director is currently underway. Obviously a plot has yet to be fully mapped out, but if you waited until after the credits rolled at Thor (spoiler alert) then you’ll know that Loki is still around and I’m sure his existence will factor into the new story. In that same scene, Dr. Selvig is introduced to Samuel L. Jackson’s omnipresent Nick Fury so there’s plenty of material to expand upon in the future. Here’s some solid news: Disney confirms a July 26, 2013 release. The summer of ’13 is certainly one to anticipate; Robert Downey Jr. returns to the big screen in Iron Man 3 on May 3.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but #BrandBowl was trending right next to #SuperBowl in the Twittersphere during the big game today. While the sports-loving percentage of the country kept their minds focused on the Packers and Steelers, the rest of us admittedly didn’t care so much for the game and instead invested our time in watching the commercials placed neatly between timeouts and end of quarters. As you know, companies spend millions of dollars for a 30-second spot during the most watched (sporting) event on TV. So how did they fare this year? All in all they were alright; nothing wildly spectacular caught my attention but they were definitely some stand outs worth mentioning and watching again. From beer to cars to Doritos, tech, and movie trailers–it’s all after the break for you to peruse. (Click here for more…)
Here’s the first official trailer for Thor, the next Marvel movie set to release May 6. In it we witness Chris Hemsworth as the Norse God of Thunder get cast off his home planet of Asgard by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). He’s forced to live among humans on Earth and there his brute force gets questioned by Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and he meets a young scientist (Natalie Portman) who has a profound effect on him. Thor wields the powerful Mjolnir hammer as he fights to save Earth from impending destruction. The trailer is visually splendid and features some awesome action sequences–I’m pretty psyched for this superhero flick. Mash play and enjoy.
Earlier today the extended trailer for Thor that was shown to thousands of fans at the Marvel panel at this year’s Comic Con leaked onto the ‘Net. Quickly “Thor” became a trending topic on Twitter and people could not stop talking about how great it looked! It definitely feels very Lord of the Rings, but the superhero spin works mighty well. Director Kenneth Branagh, who has a background in Shakespearean tales, has created a believable and extraordinary world in Asgard, and the costume design for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Anthony Hopkins’ Odin (ruler of Asgard) are top notch. The Mjolnir, Thor’s powerful hammer teased during the credits of Iron Man 2, makes a notable appearence, as does IM2‘s Agent Coulsen. Thor (May 20, 2011) and the utlimate followup The Avengers cannot hit theaters soon enough.
Oh, what’s that? You want to watch the 5+ minute trailer? Hours after its leak the studio has been making its rounds to disable the streaming of it on all popular web sites, including YouTube and TrailerAddict. I was able to find a clean stream at Moviefone, but who knows how long it’ll stay up there. If/when Marvel decides to officially release the trailer I will certainly embed it here for you.
They are: Robert Downey Jr. — Tony Stark; Clark Gregg — Agent Coulson; Scarlett Johansson — Black Widow; Chris Hemsworth — Thor; Chris Evans — Captain America; Samuel L. Jackson — Nick Fury; Jeremy Renner — Hawkeye; Mark Ruffalo — Hulk. Director Joss Whedon and Marvel head Kevin Feige are up there, too.
Marvel killed it at Comic Con this year. They literally slaughtered the competition. After unveiling new footage of Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor (in 3D), the official ensemble cast of The Avengers was announced. The biggest surprises? Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is set in stone as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, The Kids Are Alright) replaces Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Marvel head Kevin Feige on the Ruffalo decision: “Ruffalo is Joss Whedon’s Banner. He is the Banner that is going to be in that [Bill] Bixby type, wants to help people and is somewhat ashamed of what he goes through but isn’t as strong and angry in his Banner form as he is in his Hulk form, which is something we haven’t really seen in the past films. .. Something like how he was portrayed in the Ultimates, a guy who just wants to be left alone and wear his glasses and do his science.” Feige also shares that he “hope[s] to develop a standalone franchise” for Renner’s Hawkeye post-Avengers.
During the panel Downey Jr. worked the crowd, naturally. He invoked the success of Inception, saying it was ”just about the most ambitious movie I’ve ever seen.” He continued, “And then thought wait a goddamn second. Marvel Studios is going to take all of their top super heros and they’re gonna put them all together in The Avengers? That’s the most ambitious movie I’ve ever seen.” He concluded, “If we’re going to make a movie this ambitious [then] the most important thing is that we had to find a person to helm it to get your [the fans'] approval”. Enter Joss Whedon: “I have had a dream all my life and it was not this good…This cast is more than I could have ever of dreamed of working with. And I am going to blow it…I need your love, I need your support.” Joss, you got it.
The Avengers is slated for a May 4, 2011 release. Whet your appetite with Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger on May 6, 2011 and July 22, 2011 respectively. Bonus! Look in the gallery below for newly released mini-one-sheets featuring Thor and Cap concept art. Peek after the break to watch your 2011 Avengers assemble at Comic Con in video form.
This week images of the next two Avengers have leaked into the wild. First there’s Thor the Norse god who wields the Mjolner hammer. (If you have not seen Iron Man 2 yet, make sure you stay for the credits for a sneak peek of said hammer.) If you are doubting that this image of Thor is real, just compare it to the official still of Chris Hemsworth as Thor outed by Marvel a few weeks ago. The concept image matches up pretty well if you ask me. Thor is expected to hit theatres May 6, 2011.
Next we have the first (ever) image of what Chris Evans will look like as Captain America, the first Avenger. And you know what, he’s looking pretty bad-ass. From the mask to the sheild (which was also hinted at in Iron Man 2), the suspenders, and the kevlar red-white-and-blue retro-fitted suit, Cap appears ready for the big screen. Captain America: The First Avenger, directed by Joe Johnston, is expected to hit theatres July 22, 2011.
Look in the gallery below for more concept images of Thor and Captain America.
Sure, Iron Man 2 has not been released to theatres yet (this Friday, woo!), but that doesn’t mean Marvel can’t flaunt their next venture into the world of their next super hero flick. That is Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor the thunder god. Marvel shares this short but sweet synopsis for you to chew on:
The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Thor also stars Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins. Kenneth Branagh directs. It’s scheduled to release May 6, 2011.
Update: Go see Iron Man 2 and sit through the end of the credits for a nice little treat!