MARVEL SUPERHERO RELEASE DATES
Marvel has announced a new series of release dates for its slate of already announced superhero films. While Marvel is in charge of the first four movies on the list, Sony controls the Spiderman franchise.
IRON MAN 2– goes into production next month with a release date of May 7, 2010. Marvel has certainly upped the anti with a big name cast including the recent additions of Mickey Rourke as the villain, Whiplash, and Scarlett Johansson (I would have preferred Emily Blunt) as Black Widow. With one solid Iron Man film under their belt I would expect something bigger and even better from director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr this second time around. I also expect Don Cheadle to be an upgrade in the role of Col. James Rhodes as I thought Terrence Howard was bland playing him in the first Iron Man film.
THOR- July 17, 2011– I honestly can’t say I’m excited to see a Thor film as I don’t see the relevance of the character in a big budget film. I understand some will disagree but the character does nothing for me and I could care less about this project. Will I see it. YES – Does it excite me? NO
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA- July 22, 2011– I’ll reserve judgment on this project until I see who is cast and what the storyline will be (They have already announced it will take place during WW11). This could be a tough one to pull off. Captain America gets a 5 out of 10 on my EXCITEMENT scale.
AVENGERS- May 4, 2012– Any film that will feature Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk in the same movie is of high interest but will there be a believable enough story to make it credible? This could be huge if everything comes together the right way. One only wonders what the budget will be for this one. It almost certainly has to be enormous in scope.
SPIDERMAN 4– Sony still has a May 6, 2011 release date for the fourth entry in the wildly popular franchise. It really does feel like its been a long time since Spiderman 3 and one had to wonder if the studio made the right decision bringing back Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. While I think McGuire has been terrific in the role, he is now seven years removed from the first Spiderman movie. At 33 years of age, is he may a little too old for the role at this point. Maybe, maybe not, but he’s certainly pushing it. As for Sam Raimi, I have no problem with him staying on to direct as I think he has done a great job with the franchise. Unlike many others I enjoyed Spiderman 3 and can’t think of a better director for this material.
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