I’ve always found it odd that movies get the greenlight for sequels before the first movie arrives in the theaters. Of course with the amount of money a studio sinks into a potential franchise, it’s always better to lock up the sequels early before the actors get too old or too busy with other projects to return to the property.
The early buzz about Thor has been very positive, so it comes as no surprise to learn that both Thor and Captain America have been given the go ahead to do another film.
“Thor will go off into a new adventure,” says (Marvel Studios President Kevnin) Feige, “and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. 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.”
The other properties mentioned could make it to the big screen, but I think this is where box office numbers will do more in getting those movies made than early hype and Internet site commentary.