Marvel, Paramount Extend Distribution Deal To Include 'Avengers,' 'Iron Man 3,' Others

The AvengersHot on the heels of "Iron Man" snagging upwards of half-a-billion dollars at the box office, Marvel and Paramount Pictures (like MTV, a division of Viacom) have announced that the companies are extending their distribution deal to include a host of future projects. Among them, "The Avengers" (July 15, 2011) and a previously unannounced, but expected, "Iron Man 3” (which doesn't ensure a threequel is happening, but studios like to plan ahead).

Additional titles in the deal include "Iron Man 2” (May 7, 2010), "Thor" (July 16, 2010) and "The First Avenger: Captain America" (May 6, 2011).

"Coming off of Iron Man's incredible success this summer, we could not be more excited about extending our relationship with Marvel," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Marvel's iconic brand, its popular characters and its proven ability to create compelling and visually spellbinding films complement Paramount's great history of filmmaking. We look forward to a long and successful run together."

Which of the aforementioned projects sound most exciting to you? Happy to see Marvel is already looking towards a third "Iron Man" outing? Chime in below.