Thanks to our friends over at Superherohype we have an update on what Marvel has lined up for the big screen over the next few years. Just like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America laid the groundwork for The Avengers, that film is setting the stage for future films. According to Comicbook.com, Iron Man 3 is slated to begin filming in early May (likely after Robert Downey Jr. has completed press for Avengers) to be ready a May 4, 2013 release date.
Here is an excerpt from that report:
Multiple sources have told ComicBook.com that shooting for Iron Man 3 will begin prior to The Avengers hitting theaters May 4th, weeks ahead of previously published dates. The film is scheduled to be shot in Wilmington, NC at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios and is believed to be the largest production ever to be filmed in North Carolina.
Previous reports have listed late May as the official production start date, but one source close to the North Carolina operations said that Marvel “will have staff in Wilmington as early as mid-March, with shooting scheduled to begin the last week of April or the first week of May.”
Asked to verify the report, Marvel Studios said they do not officially comment on current or future development but indicated the reports were likely accurate. An e-mail update from that same Marvel Studios source told ComicBook.com, “It is not April for sure.”
After Thor 2's releease on November 15, 2013, not much is known. Marvel has scheduled two untitled projects for release on April 4, 2014 and then on May 16, 2014. The date of 4/4/14 could possibly be the Fantastic Four reboot, but that is still a 20th Century Fox release. Instead, could this date be the Dr. Strange movie?
Here is what Fanshare had to say on that project:
It has been confirmed that the script for Doctor Strange has been completed by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian, Sahara) and Marvel Studios are now actively seeking a director to come in and helm the project. Once the director has come on board, they will then be searching for the cast to star in Doctor Strange.
The budget for Doctor Strange is not expected to be anywhere near as much as that of the bigger Marvel movies but it is still believed that, with the right script, the right director and the right cast, a good superhero movie could definitely come out of this. Production on Doctor Strange is expected to begin this year, with a release date likely to be sometime in 2013.
Doctor Strange centres around a New York surgeon, who stops running his practice after suffering injuries in a car crash. He then becomes a drifter and heads to the Himalayas, where he meets a healer and discovers that he has a great psychic power to fight against evil. Doctor Strange boasts powers that includes telepathy, teleportation, energy and astral projection.
The project that is likely to fill that date is none other than Captain America 2. Neal McDonough shared the following bit of info on IMDb:
"Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) Captain America 2 for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do Thor 2 and as soon as Thor has wrapped, they’ll do Cap 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything."
Why is that?
"Because it’ll be me and Sam Jackson. In the real Marvel universe, Dum Dum Dugan is Nick Fury’s right hand man.
…And I just pray that they have a 1970s setting, because I want to see Sam Jackson with lambchops kicking people’s asses for Marvel universe. It would just be awesome. And to work with Sam would be a treat. We’ve become friendly over the years."
At this time we have no official confirmation from Marvel, but the future is sure to be full of great superhero movies. Check out some cool new pieces of promo art from CBM for The Avengers, which arrives in theaters on May 4.