Following the success of the Iron Man movie over the weekend, Marvel Studios updated its movie schedule as follows:

  • Punisher: War Zone (Lionsgate)- December 5, 2008
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox)- May 1, 2009
  • Iron Man 2 – April 30, 2010
  • Thor – June 4, 2010
  • The First Avenger: Captain America – May 6, 2011
  • The Avengers – July 2011
  • Spider-Man 4 – Still in development
  • Ant-Man – Writer/Director engaged

It was announced that Iron Man 2 would introduce Thor. While Robert Downey Jr, Gweneth Paltrow, and Terrence Howard are signed for three films, it is uncertain if Jon Favreau will return as director.

Take the jump for the rundown of the animated series and animated direct to DVD projects

Animated Series

  • Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes – Moonscoop – 26 episodes currently airing
  • Spectacular Spider-Man – Sony – Currently airing on Kids’ WB!
  • Wolverine and the X-Men – First Serve Toonz – 26 episodes scheduled for Spring 2009 on Nicktoons
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures – Method Films – 26 episodes scheduled for Spring 2009 on Nicktoons
  • Hulk Gamma Corps – In development for Spring 2009
  • Super Hero Squad – In development for Spring 2009

Animated Direct to DVD Projects

  • Next Avengers; Heroes of Tomorrow – Lionsgate – Scheduled for late 2008
  • Hulk Vs. – Lionsgate – Scheduled for early 2009
  • Thor: Son of Asgard – Lionsgate – Scheduled for Late 2009
  • Planet Hulk – Lionsgate – Scheduled for Early 2010

All looks good, but hold on true believers! Marvel is still on the go ahead for Spider-Man, the Musical with music and lyrics from U2’s Bono and the Edge with Julie Taymor signed to direct.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

via Marvel Comics


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  1. Thor introduced in Iron Man 2?

    That could be interesting, a magic vs science sub-plot. Tony refusing to belive, and circumstances forcing him to. Actually, the storyline from The Ultimates where Loki gets everyone to believe that Thor is just a psycho with a hi-tech vest and hammer could work.

  2. I’m hoping the Thor introduction will be handled like the Nick Fury introduction, a preview of things to come. That way Thor can be established in his own film.

  3. What are the odds they’ll try to shoehorn Wolverine into the Avengers?

    Never mind, forget I said that…forget…forget…

  4. Whoa … Lionsgate is doing an animated Planet Hulk!?! I would love to see the Warbound battling it out in Maw in animated form. But …. it could end up sucking. Like that Doctor Strange movie.

  5. My awesome-o-meter kinda broke on this list. Animated and live-action versions of Thor, the Avengers coming along a lot sooner than I thought, and Planet Hulk. DC needed to counter this with some awesome of their own, but I’m pretty sure the plug got pulled on Wonder Woman and Justice League. Smallville simply doesn’t cut it.

  6. I think Josh is right about Thor being a cameo in IM II. The Thor movie comes out only a few months later, so I doubt that Thor would play a major part in IM II and then in his own movie. The whole Avengers movement is cool, but the trick will maintaining a consistent tone and quality throughout all the movies. It only takes one “Elektra” to foul the whole thing up….

    Also, does Fox not still own the option for future X-Men movies the way that Universal does for Spider-Man? If so, I think this means that there won’t be any Spidey or already filmed mutants in the “Avengers” movies until these studio options lapse.

  7. Honestly? I think the smartest move marvel could make would be to make a “New Avengers” movie. That is to say Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolverine and maybe introduce Luke Cage in it (throw in the hulk, depending on how that turns out)

  8. Dubious? No, I’d file that under “The Worst Idea Possible.” When I first read about the Spidy musical, I hoped it was some hilarious joke… (c’mon, Peter Parker meets Bob Fosse, who wouldn’t laugh at that scenario) but from what I’ve heard lately, it appears they are very serious about this broadway musical.

    Now, I just have shake my head in amazement.

  9. wha about the 4!!!
    the fantastic four have been a part of the avengers too, im not sure if it would work out well but we cant discount the possibility that they could be in the movie as a kind of sub team within the Avengers.

  10. What about the Iron man Hulk link , at theend of the new Incredible Hulk Tony Stark walks into a bar where the General is sitting drinking a Whiskey and says he is putting a team togehter ,

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