Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Maybe you heard, but Marvel’s The Avengers is coming out in a few weeks and it’s pretty damn good. Joss Whedon’s superhero epic had its world premiere this week and the cast and crew have begun their whirlwind international press tour, which included several interviews with /Film. Some will be posted soon, others – the ones that deal with major spoilers – will be held until after the release.
Several outlets have begun posting their findings, though, and much of the talk is obviously looking forward to the next round of Marvel films: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 – all of which are confirmed, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and The Inhumans, which are each in various stages of development.
After the jump, we’ve complied on all of those films. Click below to read those and check back soon for our interviews with the cast and crew and The Avengers.
Let’s go in order of release. First up, Iron Man 3.
Producer and head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige spoke to Collider about the film and detailed the tone of the story, which starts shooting in a few weeks written and directed by Shane Black:
Iron Man 3 is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie—and I’ll tell you because you’re a good guy—is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1. Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.
Next up, Thor 2, directed by Alan Taylor. We’ll have an update from Chris Hemsworth soon but Collider’s interview with Feige had a bunch of new details. Filming begins in London in three months, Loki will return but will take a back seat to another big villain and it’ll also deal with “what’s been going on in the nine realms without the Asgardians being able to use the Bifrost.” Here’s more:
Well [Thor's maturity] is sort of the crux of the whole sequel and it’s what Hemsworth is most excited about diving into, and it’s what is the heart of story; it’s Thor and Jane, to continue that dynamic. Really they were only together for three days, and do they love each other? Do they like each other? Do they know each other? 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. And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there.
Captain America 2 is after that and while there isn’t a director set, Feige does know where the story is going. More from Collider:
The primary storyline takes place post-Avengers, Steve figuring out his place in the world. Tony goes back to Malibu, Thor goes back to Asgard, but there are a number of people who stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. Steve, for the time being, is going to be one of them.
Feige also teased to the Huffington Post that Cap will have a more set sidekick in the sequel. Read his evasive quotes there.
After those three films, Marvel has one more release date annoucned but no official film. Feige told Collider it’ll likely be annoucned before San Diego Comic-Con but the smart money is Guardians of the Galaxy, a cosmic film that Marvel has been developing for a while.
In an interview with Superhero Hype, Feige dropped some info on that. The story “will be about the modern version of the team, which includes such intergalactic superheroes as Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon.”
Other possibilites for the slot, other than Guardians, are Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, The Inhumans.
So that’s all the news that’s fit to print. We’ll have more from Feige, director Joss Whedon and Hemsworth in the coming days.