Marvel Pushes Back Release Dates, Spider-Man 4 Date Announced

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Yesterday, we found out Marvel had signed deals with Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johannson for big roles in Iron Man 2 (and other pictures including The Avengers for Scarlett).

Today, Marvel gave us another big announcement – this time releasing a revised schedule for their upcoming feature films. The new schedule pushes each of their planned movies back except for Iron Man 2 which is still scheduled to open May 7, 2010.

Here are the key parts of the official announcement:

“Paving the way for the production and release of its multi-character superhero film, THE AVENGERS, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. , announced today an adjusted release pipeline for its self-produced feature film properties that reflects the first time individual Super Hero characters and story arcs will be inter-woven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture.”

“Separately, Marvel Studios confirmed today that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release SPIDER-MAN 4 on May 6, 2011. Additionally, Marvel Studios has revised the release dates for THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA as part of its release strategy for an uninterrupted road to THE AVENGERS, now debuting May 4, 2012.”

While it may sound like bad news that we’ll be waiting quite a bit longer for three of the four scheduled Marvel flicks, it’s actually a very good thing.

When Marvel over-excitedly put out the original release schedule last May on the heels of Iron Man’s box office success, they were clearly trying to rush these movies into production. And we all know that rush = bad.

Jon Favreau had commented on how he doesn’t know if they can do Iron Man 2 so quickly as he felt he’d need a full two years to make the sequel just as he did the first. At the same time, Thor hadn’t even begun pre-production and it was rumored they were still sorting through script drafts – It wasn’t until September that they had found a director in Kenneth Branagh.

While Iron Man is locking down its character actors, they still haven’t got a cast lined up for Thor. The best we have so far are the rumors of Alexander Skarsgård possibly playing Thor, and Josh Harnett playing his mischievous brother Loki.

So, with the new schedule, they have an extra year to make Thor and an extra year to make The Avengers after all the solo films are out. On top of that, Marvel will open the summer blockbuster season for each of the next three years with their title characters (including Sony’s Spider-Man 4)

The revised schedule is as follows:

  • Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010  (remains the same)
  • Thor – June 17, 2011  (moved from July 16, 2010)
  • The First Avenger: Captain America – July 22, 2011  (moved from May 6, 2011)
  • The Avengers: May 4, 2012  (moved from July 15, 2011)
  • Spider-Man 4 – May 6, 2011

What do you think of this announcement?

Source: Marvel

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  1. In the top of your story, you say Iron Man 2 is still scheduled to open May 7, 2009. I think you meant 2010.

    You made me poop myself there a little at first read.

  2. Thanks, bud. It’s been corrected. Don’t know how I missed that…


  3. I pooped too! LoL This is good news, more time=better films. I hope they are all as good as Iron Man :) especially Captain America!!!!

  4. Wait, werent they filming Spider-Man 4&5 together? or was that just a rumor?

  5. I’m mad I have to wait even longer now. But wow, can 2011 now officially be called the Year of Marvel? Spiderman, Cpatian America, and Thor all in the same year? And when will Batman 3 come out?

  6. I understand movies suffer when rushed, but why is i taking so long to get Thor and Captain America off the ground in the first place? They seem to be way behind schedule on those two. No actors or finished scripts ready by this point? Someone’s dropping the ball. Looks like they’re putting all their eggs in one basket for 2010. Iron Man 2 better be amazing!

  7. i hope they get spiderman 4 back on par w/ one and two and learned from their mistakes on spiderman 3

  8. instead of concentrating on release dates, Marvel should be concentrating on the key elements: story, script, director, actors, etc.
    Worry about a release date after you have that firmly in place.
    This is their fault to begin with.

  9. @SK

    Pushing back the release dates gives them more time to work on those key elements.


  10. I am more excited about these movies more than I have been about any others. I am glad they pushed them back also. I would rather they take there time and make great movies instead of putting out multiple movies out back to back. The Captain deserves the alittle T.L.C. considering it is the last movie before the big one. Anything less than excellance will just be unexceptable for any of these characters. Any definites yet as far as the actors for the leads go yet?

  11. @Vic, yeah.
    They should have worked on that first instead of promising release dates way back after Iron Man came out even before they had anything in pre-production.

  12. This is good for marvel though we have to weight longer i woud rather do that than see the movies get rushed. it seems that marvel wants to do things right and rushing
    Thor is not a good idea he is the trickiest to do and not evon in production
    yet so i don’t mind weighing 2 years for him and with Captain America coming out in 2011 maby there will be a cool crosover.Also the Avengers will have some big compatishion with Harry Potter coming out the same weekend as the avengers.

  13. @ blipvert,

    Thanks for the heads up (and the laugh) :)

    I changed it after seeing your comment earlier today.

  14. @oscar
    i herd that to.
    does any one know if there filming spidey 4&5 together ?
    and i hope the kikd topher grace to the curb the spidey film should remain “Forman-less”.

    as for the push-backs, i agree with many that its probly 4 the better , cuz ya cant rush things like this, look at Spider-man 3 ,Sony, producers , exc. where Rushing Sam.R and we got that Abomanation.

    so i say giv it time, and we’l get way better results.

  15. The wait for the Avengers is just cruel =(

  16. I was so disappointed when I heard about Scarlet Johanson playing the Black Widow (that’s correct, right?)

    Later release dates are a disappointment too, but no complaints. As long as we have good movies for years to come, I’m happy. Last year was a bit much for me: IM, TIH, TDK, all within 3 months? whew!

  17. @ Oscar, I heard something about that too, but filming together doesn’t mean releasing together…

  18. Not surprised about the changes,
    Glad Spider Man 4 has a release date.

  19. I have to wonder if part of the strategy here is to use some of the money they get from the second “Iron Man” to pay for the other films.

  20. For those asking about Spider-Man 5, we had a post on it last May.

  21. I agree that its a good thing that they are pushing back the release dates on some of these upcoming films. I’m so excited to see these movies and right now it seems like forever until they come out but taking the extra time we should good better movies. What do you guys think for choices to play Thor and Captain America?

  22. I’m going to agree with the majority here. Pushing back the release dates can only help the films. Let Favs do IM2 justice and then he can think about Avengers. I really hope they don’t screw up Captain America. That has such potential to be a great story and movie.

  23. John Cena professional wrestler and actor from the WWE is the only one to be CAPTAIN AMERICA he has the physique and agility and strength to do some stunts without special effects I watched him picked up The Big Show Paul Wight the 7 foot 500-pound wrestling star over his head and toss him no special effects that’s someone to be CAPTAIN AMERICA he has also done 2 movies

  24. Oh no, here we go again…

    Why don’t we just cast every movie only with pro wrestlers from now on? This decade in movies will then be known as the Pro Wrestler glory days…

    While we’re at it, we should replace Robert Downey Jr. with a pro wrestler, screw Christian Bale, I’m sure some pro wrestler is buff enough to look like the Batman in the comics, Mickey Rourke? Come on, playing a pro wrestler in a movie doesn’t count. A Pro Wrestler should have played that role, it’s insulting that they actually got someone who knew how to act to play that part…

    The Avengers would have nothing but pro wrestlers, one of those wrestling babes should play pepper potts, I’m sure you have a wrestling babe in mind for Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Hornet, man, so many opportunities for so many wrestlers. The Hulk? Forget CGI, let’s just paint a pro wrestler green, but what to do with Edward Norton? Ah, I’m sure noone will notice, get a less buff wrestler to play Banner, so he’ll go from buff to more buff and green.

    Damn man, the new Avengers movie will be taken so seriously then, I’m sure it’ll break new ground.

    Lol, I wish I knew the names of more pro wrestlers. This would have been so much more fun if I did, lol. :-D

  25. Oh noes!!! I thought it was gonna end at Triple H for Thor, now people are gonna ask for John Cena to be Captain America??? And to say he is the ONLY one who should be Captain America….wow, im gonna go die now.

  26. @ James M,

    We want quality movies – Cena and Triple H will never lead a big budget summer tentpole film

  27. What are you talking about Rob? They have the size and at least Triple H doesn’t completely suck. Isn’t not completely sucking all we need in an actor??? I can’t say the same for Cena since he does completely suck, but he’s strong… so there… no need for wires, that’s one hour less computer work to paint out the wires, that’s well worth the poor acting that will result…

  28. I’m kidding of course. :-P

  29. @Ken J… Glad you added that last part. I’ll call off the men in white coats now.