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Marvel lines up Captain America and The Avengers for big screen treatment

Posted Monday, May 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Iron Man dominated the weekend box office raking in over $100 million in just three days. Hot on the heels of this success, Marvel Studios is announcing a slate of big screen comic book adaptations.

Confirming the rumor we posted last Thursday, Jon Favreau will be back in the director's chair for Iron Man 2, scheduled for a Apr. 30, 2010 release. Ol' Shellhead will be followed by the mighty Thor on June 4, 2010.

2011 will be all about the Avengers, Marvel's superhero collective (akin to DC's Justice League of America). The First Avenger: Captain America will drop in theaters on May 6. It'll be closely followed by The Avengers in July.

Nick Cassavetes is in line to direct the Captain America movie. Matthew Vaughn was previously announced as Thor's director. Although it wasn't announced, there is already speculation that Favreau will helm The Avengers flick. All the films will be produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

With all of these Marvel movie announcements, you have to wonder about over saturation -- will fans continue to flock to these comic book movies?

In addition to these Paramount-carried films, there are also these movies in the queue: The Punisher: War Zone, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ant-Man, Deathlok, Luke Cage, X-Men Origins: Magneto, Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nick Fury, and this summer's The Incredible Hulk mulligan. And those are just the ones based on Marvel Comics!

Rival DC Comics has July's Batman follow-up The Dark Knight. Superman: Man of Steel is in the works and a Wonder Woman flick is in development hell. Despite being in limbo, the Justice League of America will probably born out eventually. A solo Flash movie was previously announced.

Furthermore, there are this summer's Hellboy II and next year's The Spirit and Watchmen.

What do you think? Are you tired of all these superhero movies yet? If there is one thing Hollywood knows how to do, it's how to find a formula that works and then beat it to death, revive it, and then beat it some more.