One of the most heart-wrenching moments in last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger came near the end, when (SPOILER ALERT, obviously) Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) promises Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a date that he fails to make because he sacrifices himself to save the world. When he wakes up in 2012, their scheduled appointment, of course, has long since passed. But according to director Joss Whedon, the pair almost had a better-late-than-never reunion in The Avengers. More after the jump.

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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Deadline has learned that F. Gary Gray has withdrawn from consideration and is now in negotiations to instead direct the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton for New Line Cinema. Last week Disney announced a April 4th, 2014 release date for the a sequel.

 

There’s something that really appeals to me about the idea of the Welcome to Collinwood directors taking on the Captain America sequel for Marvel Studios.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We know that Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely have been writing a sequel to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. But no director has been hired; we didn’t know if Joe Johnston would return, or if Marvel would turn to someone new, and possibly cheaper.

Now there’s a report that the shortlist to direct the new Cap film is down to four people, but two of those four are a package deal: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community. Read More »

We still don’t know who will direct, and there is no confirmation of refutation of the director shortlist revealed recently, but Disney and Marvel have just announced the release date for the sequel to last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The film will hit on April 4, 2014. From the sound of things, the movie will also be set primarily in the present, rather than bouncing back to World War II.

Along with the announcement, the companies sent out the image above, from The Avengers. The contents of the brief press release are below. Read More »

Sequels! Everyone loves them. That is, if we define ‘everyone’ as studio and production executives who don’t like to take risks, and so are prone to throwing money at new projects that are recognizably related to old projects that have already made money. That particular ‘everyone’ really, really likes sequels. 2012 won’t be any different from most of the last ten years, in that a great many sequels will go before cameras during the coming months.

So, just like the title says, after the break you’ll find some minor updates on:

  • Captain America 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Terminator 5
  • J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel,
  • and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Rio.

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Captain America may have been Marvel’s real hit this summer, but don’t expect to see the inevitable sequel until 2014. In part that’s because the first sequel to Cap is really The Avengers, which is already set to release next year. But Chris Evans, doing press rounds for his film Puncture, says “They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap. Marvel has a lot of balls in the air. They aren’t going to cannibalize their films.” Read More »

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I don’t actually believe this for a second, but it’s a slow day so far, and any M.O.D.O.K. news is great news. So here you go: Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America 2 co-writer Christopher Markus is thinking of a way to make the Cap sequel very interesting. Namely, he’s talking up the idea of casting Peter Dinklage as wacky Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K., aka the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Read More »

Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the most successful films of the summer, and a better Captain America movie than I think many people expected to see. The film will get a semi-sequel in the form of The Avengers, which next year will show what happens when Cap is integrated into the modern world after being accidentally frozen and assumed dead during World War II.

But a proper sequel to the film is being developed as well. Questions have been fired at Cap director Joe Johnston, Marvel president Kevin Feige and screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely: what’s the story in the second film? Will it be a WWII tale, a modern thing or some blend of the two? And will we see the return of sidekick Bucky Barnes, who in the print comics continuity becomes a character called The Winter Solider?

Answers to those questions have been tentative at best. A new interview with Markus and McFeely has them talking a lot about possibilities for the sequel, but you’ll have to do a lot of informed reading between the lines to draw hard and fast conclusions. Read More »

Who is the latest cast member revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man? Where and when will The Wolverine begin shooting? What two characters do the Captain America 2 screenwriters want to be in the movie? Want to see some spoiler images of vehicles in The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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