Marvel Movie Update

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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There is a lot of new info about the major Marvel superhero movies floating around the Web right now, and because we at Screen Rant believe in a lifestyle of convenience, we’ve pulled together all the bits and pieces into one cohesive Marvel Movie Update.

If you’ve been wondering what’s the latest with Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America or the much-anticipated grand-slam finale, The Avengers, then be sure to keep on reading. Oh, and not to be left out of the club, we’ve got some quick recaps on what’s going on with  Spider-Man 4.



Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau recently got an “Atta Boy!” from George Lucas. Lucas handpicked Favreau to interview him next weekend at the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago. Favreau will also present Lucas with the Gene Siskel Film Center Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking (…for making one of the greatest sci-fi trilogies of all time).

Here’s what Lucas had to say about Favreau:

Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound have had the good fortune of working with Jon [on the ‘Iron Man’ films]…I know firsthand that he is the type of filmmaker that crews here love to work with, because he always gives them the opportunity to break new ground.

Is it me, or does George Lucas manage to fit a plug into every soundbite he gives? Probably just me. Still, that’s a good look for Jon Favreau. You can check out everything Favreau had to say about ducking out on Iron Man 2 to interview George Lucas by going here.

Iron Man 2 villain Mickey Rourke recently opened up a bit about what we can expect from his character, Whiplash. After some unofficial concept art of the Whiplash armor surfaced online recently, Iron Man 2 fans have been keeping web pages on constant refresh, hoping to get an official glimpse of Rourke-in-armor. Well, Mickey didn’t exactly provide a snapshot of his costume, but he did recently talk to Empire about what it’s like wearing the Whiplash suit:

“It’s been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It’s sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison.”

Rourke also told The Guardian that he decided to do half his dialogue in Russian, which he is learning for the film. All and all, sounds pretty badass.  And, if Jon Favreau’s Twitter page is any indication, we might be getting an official look at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in the near future, so be sure to check back with us on the daily.

According to those same tweets, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is also ‘kicking ass”;  Marvel president of production Kevin Feige was quoted at a recent industry conference as saying that Black Widow has “two sides” in film. Is that a refernce to her intitial entry as Tony Stark’s assistant, only to be later revealed as super-spy Black Widow? Or is it a reference (as First Showing‘s Alex Billington speculates) to a villainous betrayal by the lovely Russian spy? Guess we’ll find out when we see the movie!

Iron Man 2 is currently at the halfway mark of its shooting schedule. It’s slated to hit theaters on May 7, 2010.



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By now you should know that Thor will be played by Chris Hemsworth (Captain Kirk’s father in the new Star Trek movie); British actor Tom Hiddleston is playing Thor‘s nemisis, Loki; and director Kenneth Branagh is rumored to have tapped renowned thespian Brian Blessed to play Thor‘s father, the almighty Odin.

Kevin Feige dished that Thor will take place on both Earth and in otherworldly realms like Asgard, the mythical kingdom of the Norse gods. That claim by Feige backs up early rumors that Donald Blake, Thor‘s human counterpart from the comics, would NOT be a part of the story. And contrary to what many (read: I) thought, according to Feige, director Kenneth Branagh is NOT going to use the kind of Shakespearean dialogue that was often used in Thor comics. Are thy kidding?

On the business end, both Chris Hemsworth AND Tom Hiddleston are signed-on for multiple movies in “multiple franchises”. This is not surprising for Hemsworth (after all Thor does have to appear in The Avengers movie), but the news that Hiddleston was also included in the cross-pollinating deal hints that Loki could be up to his trickster ways in The Avengers

Thor is gearing up for production. It’s slated to hit theaters on May 20, 2011.

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  1. Let’s not forget that Kenneth Branaugh is a master when it comes to Shakespeare. He as performed it countless times on stage and has directed it before. He can make the unfamiliar language come across through actions and setting.

    I think it is a cop-out. It’s not that the audience won’t “get it” it’s because the actors don’t have the chops to pull it off convincingly.

  2. Or because even if they do it well, it will drive away audiences and work against the film from earning back it’s budget. Brannagh, is an amazing director indeed, but his films don’t typically earn mountains of cash.

  3. I don`t know much about Thor, Avengers, or Captain America, but I think it would be cool to se some new Marvel superheroes and what they`re like on screen. I`m not a fan of Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic 4, or Ghost Rider, or X-Men, but i`d like to try a shot at leaking to these new upcoming superhero films. I prefer superheroes that aren`t too powerful and indestructible, like Spiderman and Batman. Maybe Captain should be pretty cool, analyzing that from view he`s probably not too lower-aged. I like superheroes that can be ALL AGES. Just please don`t make Spider-man have a crossover into any of those films.

  4. Captain America i meant

  5. I am such a huge fan of marvel characters in general and have been blown away from the movies that have been done in the last few years. Keep em coming i say!!!!

  6. The biggies have been made and some re-made (and or in production): X-men, spider man, avengers, Fantastic four, punisher, daredevil, and all the others I’m forgetting BUT there are a few nuggets that are not as popular in Comic Book form but could be awesome on screen, like… The Black Panther, an african king of Wakanda, with panther powers of a god? The script writes itself!

  7. I would love to see The DEFENDERS movie. The original Lineup of the Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, and the Hulk. Butthey would also need to include. the Valkary(a warior women from Asgard) Who was the fourth original member and a good friend of the Hulk. They could even throw in Hellcat and Nighthawk. A great enemy would be the Badoon( future rulers of Earth). Another great group was the Guardians of the Galaxy. I just hope Silver Surfer is back in a movie soon.

  8. Marvel has so many heroes and villians to choose from they could keep making movies forever. One complaint I would have is the movies spend to much time on character developement. the movies would be much better if they got to the villians and the action a little quicker. For example the Hulk movie. I mean they have been developing the characters for 30 years and we all know them already if your a parent and you just want to get to the action if your a kid. I would love to see the Inhumans included in a future F F movie and Ultron in the Avengers.

  9. i will see iron man 2 and thor and the avengres i will see the first avengre; captain america with captain america played by john cena im telling you john cena is cool when he plays captain america will see john cena on the first avengre; captain america and the avengres this is so exciting i will see this movies in theatres soon see ya.

  10. with the surprize for 2012 could also be a silver surfer movie or fan 4 movie as while..either way i’m looking forward to all the string of movies coming up it seems like superheroes are taking over the big screen and all i got to say about that is its about time we see some good comic book hero films its been to long without them

  11. The next Marvel Movie? The Thing vs The Hulk !!! It was a block-buster comic, it will be a block-buster movie.
    ’nuff said.