by Michael Andronico
Now that the dust has settled from May’s explosive Avengers movie, which was sprung from the Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man films before it, it’s time for phase two. Among the slew of news revealed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were the release dates for the next series of Marvel movies.
The next Marvel Studios film we can look forward to is Iron Man 3, which hits theaters in May 2013. Robert Downey Jr. will once again reprise his role as the suit-wielding playboy Tony Stark, and the storyline is rumored to feature villain Iron Patriot.
After that will be Thor: The Dark World, which will be out in November 2013. Details are sparse, but ComicBook.com is saying that Thor’s brother Loki will no longer be the main villain and that the film will focus on the relationship between Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.
2014 will see the release of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. The former will be the sequel to last year’s summer blockbuster, and the “Winter Soldier” subtitle suggests that the movie will focus on the storyline of Cap’s sidekick Bucky Barnes. The latter is based on a more obscure Marvel comic book that follows the adventures of a group of intergalactic heroes, including one badass racoon.
Lastly, Marvel will release an Ant-Man movie at some point in the future. No details yet on who will play the man who morphs from ant-size to giant-size, but seeing Ant-Man on the silver screen should be nothing short of awesome.
Marvel Studios has done something unprecedented with their films, as they all tie together to create a true universe, much like the comics that inspired them. Are you excited for phase two?