Leading up to and throughout the Christmas holidays, a bunch of fun little tidbits about Marvel Studios’ upcoming movies popped up online so we’ve gathered them all here for you to keep in the loop and give you your fix of Thor, Iron Man 2 and The First Avenger: Captain America.

In this Marvel news round-up we talk about the Thor rehearsals, an actor who just missed out on playing the Mighty God of Thunder, the production start date of a certain American Captain, a neat new look at Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash and some rumors are shot down.

Check it all out after the jump.

The First Avenger: Captain America is set for a June production start! As we know, the Captain America origins films is slated for release in July of 2011, the same summer as Thor which kicks off that season with a May release. With Thor currently in rehearsals and starting principal photography in just a few weeks, we’re happy to see Captain America moving forward.

This news come from director Joe Johnston in the art department for The First Avenger: Captain America and you can check out his latest project, The Wolfman, in theaters February 12, 2010.

Let’s hope for some casting announcements soon!

Source: Fangoria

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Alexander Skarsgård, an actor I wrote about a lot as a supporter of his candidacy for the role of Thor, talks about how close he really was to getting the role.

He reveals that he auditioned for it many times and the he is very humbled by the fact he was in the running for so long and even considered for that high profile of a role. Skarsgård can be seen as one of the stars of HBO’s True Blood series and for Thor, you’ll have to settle for his father  Stellan having a role in the movie instead.

Although I liked Alexander for the role, I can’t argue about the selection of Chris Hemsworth who I think will own the role in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Marvel Studios production.

Source: The Playlist

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With Iron Man 2 kicking off summer 2010 with an early May release, we can expect a ton of toy merchandising to come with it but none will be as good as this custom Whiplash figure made by “Sabretooth” on the Figure Realm website.

Made with real fabrics for his jumpsuit, this recreation of Mickey Rourke’s race-stopping attire is made with real fabrics.

Head to the site for other pics of this figure and more of an Iron Man and War Machine figure he built.

Source: Figure Realm

Continue to Page 2 for Thor rumors, Jude Law, Chris Hemsworth and more!

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