Marvel Comics fans are living the dream this summer, with three, count 'em, three huge movies (the one with the hammer guy, the one with the shield guy, and the one with the mutant guys) and the lead-up to next summer's superherostravaganza "The Avengers."
Unlike in the comics world, where each monthly installment is most likely churned out by a bitter, chain smoking writer and a couple of pasty-looking artists chained to a desk, a super hero movie is a complex piece of machinery involving a virtual army of highly paid technicians, actors and publicists. It's fairly easy in comics to have Thor battle a hoard of fire-breathing 85-headed hydras, but for a movie there would be endless meetings with executives arguing, "2-headed hydras would be more cost-efficient… Can one of the monsters have a Blackberry?" etc.
Thus, the lead-time to a big event comic book movie is long and a movie coming out three or four years from now needs to already be in the works, even if the first ones haven't grossed dollar one yet. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has been the mastermind behind the Marvel Age of Movies, and recently let slip to parent-company Disney's D23 Magazine (via IGN) what we can expect for the post-Avengers future.
"Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own," said Feige. "We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. — all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we've got a lot of other characters we're prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined."
Okay, so everyone and their mother knows Dr. Strange has been in the works, but up 'til now we didn't know if Thor would continue on or if Cap would still be in WWII for the sequel or what. Now that Captain America is in the modern era there's one question on everyone's mind… Can he have a Blackberry?