News on Marvel's Future Projects Including 'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor 2' and 'Captain America 2'

Iron Man in The Avengers
Iron Man in The Avengers
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures / Marvel Studios

With The Avengers just days away and Iron Man 3 set to begin production next month the Marvel universe is clearly the hot topic at the moment. To begin with, the international box-office has never played a larger role in the success of Hollywood feature films and today it was announced Iron Man 3 will be a co-production with China.

Variety reports DMG Entertainment will invest in the production of the third pic in the superhero franchise, manage the Chinese co-production process and jointly produce the film in China. The film will be doing some on location shooting in China later this summer.

Money from foreign territories isn't a new idea in Hollywood and independent filmmaking, but the more global the films become, I wonder how much effect that will have on their story lines. Right now films do so much to try and appeal to so many demographics at once while not offending anyone I wonder if it can get any worse in the future. Already it seems almost every bad guy is suddenly an alien, vampire or other non-human entity, can it get any more generic in the future?

As for the status and story of Iron Man 3, little has been revealed, though Coming Soon had a chat with Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige recently as he gave a few tidbits on the upcoming film along with other planned productions including Thor 2 and Captain America 2.

Feige spoke on trying to maintain individuality with each film while also including just enough for an inevitable sequel to The Avengers. As for what you can expect with the three upcoming features, "The movies have to work in and of themselves," he said. "So Iron Man and Thor will be more individualized and more focused just on their stories. Captain America will be a pure Steve Rogers story, but have more in common with the backdrop of Avengers."

Recently both Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2 were said to be picking up right where The Avengers leaves off, but clearly they will be going their own ways, as will Thor. Feige adds, "Tony Stark can go home to Malibu and deal with his own circle of friends and his own sort of military industrial complex that the world of Stark Industries inhabits. Thor, as you will see, initially leaves the planet and goes back to Asgard and has to deal with the Nine Realms, and to reconnect with Jane Foster [Natalie Portman]. Cap is the only one that can't go home again. His home is gone, and how he deals with the modern era will be the crux of that movie."

Right now Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013, Thor 2 arrives on November 15, 2013 and Captain America 2 will hit theaters on April 4, 2014. There is also a fourth Marvel feature scheduled for May 16, 2014, but the focus isn't so clear.

Ant-ManRecently Feige told Bleeding Cool they are closer than they've ever been to having the Ant-Man feature with director Edgar Wright. "I'll just say it's closer than it's ever been in its long maybe eight year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years it's got further away and closer... we are now closer than we've ever been. So I hope it will come together shortly."

Also, there has been talk of a new Hulk movie after people were so enamored with Mark Ruffalo's character at the recent premiere of The Avengers, but in an interview with Huffington Post, Feige once again is answering questions and when asked if they would be willing to give another Hulk movie a shot he's quick to say, "Well, no. This was the other shot. Right? I mean, this was the third appearance of Hulk and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk's appearance in Avengers.... Where we go next, we'll see. But we'll be very careful about it and deliberate -- as we were in how we wanted to bring him back in Avengers."

Ruffalo himself weighed in on the possibility with The Playlist saying, "There's been sort of toying around with the idea but no one from Marvel or Universal has mentioned it to me. It's probably premature. They're about to make another Captain America and another Thor and another Iron Man. I'm sure a third Hulk is predominately undermined at the moment. But I’d entertain that, definitely for the right story."

So that fourth film could be anything, for now we just don't know.

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  • The Ridges (Special Edition) DVD

    Im guessing the Marvel feature scheduled for May 16, 2014 will either be a Black Widow or Hawkeye feature.

    • Jordan B.

      Or Hulk, despite what they say. Everyone is going crazy about Hulk right now.

  • John

    I've been into comics almost my entire 30 something year long life and enjoy most comic book movies. But I have as much excitement for a Ant-Man movie as I have for a appointment for a colonoscopy. Am I missing something? Or are the superhero ranks running a little thin.

    • Scott

      Yeah, I don't know about Ant Man. Sounds like Marvel's attempt at Honey I Shrunk the Kids, but with more violence. With Edgar Wright at the controls, though, I would definitely be interested come trailer-time to at least see how they are going to do it.

    • Feedback

      Hank Pym is bad-ass. I don't see why you wouldn't be psyched for it. He could bring in Wasp too.

      I'd prefer to see a Falcon movie. The Avengers is way too white. They should have added Falcon or Black Panther from the get-go. Or hell, at least keep War Machine on the team. Instead, they decided to go for an all-Caucasian cast, where even the villain is white. I think they need a little affirmative action.

      • John

        Don't get me wrong. If Ant-Man and Wasp were a part of the Avengers movie, that would be fine. Since they were part of the original team and all. But a movie by itself, not enough there in my opinion. But it's just a opinion.
        As far as the white thing. Umm. . . Nick Fury. Also I'm Cambodian. Not once have I seen something about this movie and thought hey, what up with all the white people. Not a attack or anything. From my experience when people see that much into race, it's usually got more to do with personal self image issues than with any thing else. Just my two cents. Have a good one. ;)

  • bzzd

    Safe bet then we won't being seeing The Mandarin in future Iron Man movies.

  • David Scholes

    I'm hoping that the "other" movie will involve a certain master of the mystic arts - Dr Stephen Strange! - maybe just wishful thinking.

    In IM2, Thor2, and Captain America2 - there seems to be plenty there to avoid a sort studio let down after the Avengers - though it is a biggish gap to IM2.

  • jake

    May-be it's a Blank Panther filmQ? Obama will need somthing to do after the election LOL