Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and The First Avenger: Captain America (2011).
As with all threads on sequels, it is assumed that the reader is already familiar with the earlier films, and so there will be SPOILERS with regard to those earlier films (but spoilers for THIS film should still be marked as such).
As those of you who stayed through the end credits for Iron Man already know, Samuel L. Jackson has a cameo as Nick Fury, showing up at Tony Stark's house and informing him that he would like to discuss something called "the Avenger initiative" with him. And rumour has it that Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Tony Stark and/or Iron Man in The Incredible Hulk next month. Well, it looks like Marvel Studios really DOES plan to pursue these inter-connections, since they announced today that they are releasing Iron Man 2 and Thor in the summer of 2010, followed by The First Avenger: Captain America in May 2011 and, two months later, The Avengers itself.
Questions come to mind.
Jon Favreau has talked about doing an Iron Man "trilogy". Will The Avengers get in the way of that somehow? Will it be the third film?
It may or may not be noteworthy that no Hulk sequel is currently planned, prior to The Avengers. That may or may not be because The Incredible Hulk has been plagued with rumours of trouble in the editing room. Given how incredibly hands-on and micro-manage-y Edward Norton reportedly is, would he allow his version of the Hulk to become just another member of the team in The Avengers? Or, given that the Hulk himself is a CGI creation, would the studio be free to cast a different actor as Bruce Banner? Would the studio be ready to rush a sequel into production BETWEEN The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers if the former film turns out to be a big hit after all?
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 03 March 2010 - 10:10 PM.