Marvel movie making news
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. announced an adjusted release pipeline for its self-produced feature film properties that reflects (choose one):
- the first time individual super hero characters and story arcs will be inter-woven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture.
- The ongoing trouble in securing financing to make multi-million dollar movies, thereby delaying and spreading out the hit to the credit line.
David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios has his story straight. "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."
Either way, a Marvel character-based film will now launch the summer box office season for three years in a row, from 2010 through 2012– Sony Pictures’ and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 4 is slated for May 6, 2011.
Below is Marvel Studios’ 2010-2012 updated release schedule for its slate of self-produced and financed feature films:
Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline
Film/Character – Prior Release Date – Current Release Date
Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010 – May 7, 2010
Thor – July 16, 2010 – June 17, 2011
The First Avenger: Captain America – May 6, 2011 – July 22, 2011
The Avengers – July 15, 2011 – May 4, 2012
Meanwhile, in Iron Man news, Variety has confirmed that Mickey Rourke has officially signed on to play a villain in Iron Man 2, and Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play the role of Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, better known to us as the Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson in a black leather bodysuit… what, we weren’t going to see the film anyway?