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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Marvel movies update

Thor:Marvel is waiting for a script polish from scribe Mark Protosevich ("I Am Legend"). Matthew Vaughn no longer is attached to direct the project because his holding deal expired December.
"It's very much a Marvel superhero story but against the backdrop of nothing you've seen before," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in describing "Thor" as a period fantasy in the vein of "The Lord of the Rings."
Captain America: The "Captain America" project is looking for a rewrite as well as a director.
Iron Man 2: While the studio has options for two more films in the "Iron Man" series at prenegotiated terms with Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard, studio chairman David Maisel refused to confirm Downey's participation in "Iron Man 2." Given that the movie outperformed expectations, industry practice would suggest that Marvel will have to sweeten the pot to reward the movie's star.
The company already has general ideas of where it wants to take the sequel's story line and plans on sitting down with Downey and director Jon Favreau this week to nail down a direction before hiring writers.

All of Marvel's movies, beginning with "Iron Man," are now being designed to lead up to the July 2011 release of "The Avengers," which will see Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor teaming up. The studio has Zak Penn on board to write the project, which he will do so in concert with the development of the other projects during the next year and a half.
Marvel hopes that the same actors who portray the heroes in the individual movies will reprise their roles for "Avengers," though no agreements are in place. Although Samuel L. Jackson makes a surprise appearance as Nick Fury in "Iron Man," that does not necessarily mean the actor will be back as super spy Fury in "Avengers."
"That was a stunt and a treat for fans," Feige said.

Now that Marvel has more control over the movies its characters star in -- audiences can expect some cross-referencing. For example, Downey's Tony Stark, Iron Man's alter ego, will pop up in the upcoming "The Incredible Hulk," and the Hulk might be featured in "Iron Man 2."

Source:Hollywood Reporter

Update:According to Cinema Blend Matthew McConaughey may be one of Marvel’s leading candidates to slip into Cap’s red white and blue underpants. The site claims that its source is a reliable one, but at this point it’s still very early and he’s only one of the actors they are considering for the role.
According to Latino Review, Marvel is eyeing Brad Pitt to play Thor.

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