Sony and Marvel Studios Set New Release Dates!
Source:Marvel Studios
March 12, 2009

Paving the way for the production and release of its multi-character superhero film, The Avengers, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. announced today an adjusted release pipeline for its self-produced feature film properties that reflects the first time individual Super Hero characters and story arcs will be inter-woven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture. Separately, Marvel Studios confirmed today that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release Spider-Man 4 on May 6, 2011. Additionally, Marvel Studios has revised the release dates for Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America as part of its release strategy for an uninterrupted road to The Avengers, now debuting May 4, 2012.

A Marvel character-based film will now launch the summer box office season for three years in a row, from 2010 through 2012.

"This new schedule strongly sequences Marvel's movie debut dates, big screen character introductions and momentum. It maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multi-character 'The Avengers' film in 2012," said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios.

Sony Pictures' and Marvel Studios' Spider-Man 4 is slated for May 6, 2011. To date, all three motion pictures in the phenomenally successful "Spider-Man" franchise have generated nearly $2.5 billion worldwide theatrically.

Below is Marvel Studios' 2010-2012 updated release schedule for its slate of self-produced and financed feature films:

Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline
Film/Character - Prior Release Date - Current Release Date

Iron Man 2 - May 7, 2010 - May 7, 2010
Thor - July 16, 2010 - June 17, 2011
The First Avenger: Captain America - May 6, 2011 - July 22, 2011
The Avengers - July 15, 2011 - May 4, 2012

The release date for Iron Man 2 remains unchanged on May 7, 2010. Iron Man 2 is the sequel to the blockbuster film, Iron Man, which has grossed nearly $600 million worldwide.

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Posted by: Vitter on March 12, 2009 at 10:46:17

James Cameron´s avatar ****s 2009 eyeballs, then i hope he will comeback and make a spidey flick?

Posted by: HulkFan on March 12, 2009 at 10:47:04

you're telling me between now and 2012 you can't pop another hulk movie? thats total BS!

Posted by: Rodrigo on March 12, 2009 at 10:48:22


Posted by: the cuz on March 12, 2009 at 10:51:19

Here's hoping! At least there are real projected dates now... has anyone noticed the summer of 2009 is virtually devoid of superhero movies? Maybe all these boxoffice disappointments of late are starting to take a serious negative effect in Hollywoodland.

Posted by: casper on March 12, 2009 at 10:53:17

if there gonna do spiderman4
iv always said they should open the movie with spiderman fighting a medeioker villian, like shocker or rhino
that way you can have your multiple villians and you dont have to drag the movie on.

(movie opens spidey doging shockers blats.then takes care of him. And thats it. perfect opening. no more parker standing around narrarating.)

Posted by: BATTLE OF THE YEAR on March 12, 2009 at 10:57:37




Posted by: Shayera on March 12, 2009 at 11:02:45

Wait, so what are the release dates for Thor and Captain America? Are they both on May 4th 2012? Or is that the Avengers release date?

I don't think that's such a good idea, releasing these movies so close together. Not only does it not build up the anticipation, but fewer people are going to BE ABLE to see all three movies because of how pricey tickets are going for these days. I mean it's gotten to a point where people take the financial responsibility more and more to plan out what movies they're going to see in a given year.
Right now, that would be $30 in one day. Comics are $4 and climbing. For me, I wouldn't be able to afford buying a QUARTER of each month's issues.

Marvel Studios HAS to know that... so what's their game?

Posted by: Shayera on March 12, 2009 at 11:08:50

The problem with the Spider-man movies is that the villains are much too integrated into Peter's life. He's friends with Octavius. Marko killed his Uncle on accident.

The big complaint for Spider-man 3 was that it had too many characters, which is a pretty stupid and over-looked reason. X-Men has four times the starring characters, but it still worked. With Raimi wanting to make every villain out there sympathetic, I don't think we'll ever see anything remotely resembling the Sinister Six.

Posted by: FuadRamses on March 12, 2009 at 11:09:08

If they don't cast Captain America soon, I'm going to kill myself.

Posted by: galactus on March 12, 2009 at 11:09:43

soooooo long to wait!!!!! ah well

Iron man2 is going to be great!!!(i hope)

Posted by: Andy on March 12, 2009 at 11:13:54

Shayera said: "Wait, so what are the release dates for Thor and Captain America? Are they both on May 4th 2012? Or is that the Avengers release date?"

Read much? All the dates were listed. Go back and read the report again.

Posted by: cowlo on March 12, 2009 at 11:14:14

No. Capt America is July 22, 2011
Avengers is May 4, 2012

2nd date is the new release date. So Thor and Capt America are coming out back to back, basically. Avengers a year later. What worries me is Spider-Man 4 being released only a month before Thor. That's really not a good time to kick off a brand new franchise. More people will always see a Spider-Man movie than a Thor movie.

Posted by: Anton Ego on March 12, 2009 at 11:15:01

This makes me happy. Very, very happy.

Posted by: Robie on March 12, 2009 at 11:19:53

I'm w/ you Hulkfan. This movie was better than Iron Man by a long shot (and I loved iron Man)

Posted by: vtlumberjack on March 12, 2009 at 11:20:58

I'm hoping maybe with the push back of avengers they can get favreau to direct . Really, this will give Marvel the opening weekend of summer 6 years in a row dating back to '07 and Spidey 3.

Posted by: Relaxed on March 12, 2009 at 11:23:13

I'm curious as to why they don't also have a date for Spidey 5. I heard they're going to make 4 and 5 together as a connected story. I'd like to see lizard as a sub-plot. They've already established Doc Conners. The main villain is either using the lizard or the lizard is just another headache getting in the way. He's not the major villain, just a rampaging brute. Spidey's hampered by the fact that he knows he's Doc Conners and doesn't want to hurt him. All the while, the real villain is wreaking his havoc.

I'd like to see Hulk get his own sequel too, but they just don't have the time with these other projects in place. In fact, I'm concerned that what they've got is going to delay the planned Iron Man 3 out way too far for my liking. Also, the planned plot for the Avengers might preclude advancing the Hulk any farther. I'm just guessing on that one, but it may be that they like the Hulk set up right where it is and don't want another movie to force a rethink.

I don't think 2009's lack of serious superhero power is because of any disappointments. In fact, I think Iron Man's and The Dark Knight's successes far outweigh any disappointments in Hollywood's eyes. I think you have to keep in mind the tremendous resources required for a movies like this and realize that Bale, Downey Jr., and other necessary actors from other films are locked into other projects; the CGI, set building, and other effects have to be planned and created; locations have to sought out and prepped; etc... Heroes new to movies such as Green Lantern, Thor, Cap, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Ant Man, Hawkeye have to go through processes of not only do the studios even want to make them in the first place, to when is the right time to put them out, to let's hire a cast and crew, and so on. If I remember correctly, Ant Man was scheduled for 2009 several years ago. The process has eliminated him, mostly because their other projects required so much of their time and resources. Green Lantern is happening, but it's taking time. Wonder Woman seems to be stuck in developmental hell. Cap and Thor are on the way, but again due to resources, they're spacing them out appropriately. As for sequels and continuations, Spidey 4 had to determine first who was even going to be in it, and then once that was estblished (and it's not even completely established) you have to write a script, and so on.

I apologize to everybody. I just realized I'm droning on and on and getting really boring, so I'll back out now.

Posted by: Geddy Lee on March 12, 2009 at 11:26:49

I just don't think we will see avengers in 2012, that's an awful lot of movies to cram in before that one can come out. I hope they pull it off and all the movies are the quality of Iron Man and not the Punisher (ewww).Hopefully dc can have a great movie in Green Lantern and follow up nicely with the 3rd Bale Batman movie in a few years as well.

Posted by: Shayera on March 12, 2009 at 11:29:10

SHH! updated the article after I posted my first comment, with the release dates. I stand corrected.

Posted by: PumpkinBombxXx on March 12, 2009 at 11:30:09

sucks they moved it back but at least this way they will have the time they need to make them

Posted by: Kirk Hinton on March 12, 2009 at 11:34:37

I would have thought that the last Spiderman would have put the nail in coffin for that franchise.

Posted by: Anton Ego on March 12, 2009 at 11:35:05

@ Relaxed:

"I apologize to everybody. I just realized I'm droning on and on and getting really boring, so I'll back out now. "

Might I make a suggestion for next time? It's called your delete key.

Posted by: Grayskull Prime on March 12, 2009 at 11:37:19

Ya see that DC/Warners? That's what they call "a plan". And these movies all stand a very good chance of being made too. That sometimes happens when you, you know, actually make movies. Now get to crackin' on that loosely based, unnecessarily dark Justice League movie that everyone will reject, so you can beat Marvel out the gate and make up for your years of procrastination.

Posted by: Serpentor on March 12, 2009 at 11:39:53

If you cant afford a movie ticket keep your a$$ at home!

Posted by: corrado90 on March 12, 2009 at 11:41:02

F'n sweet, Captain America in theaters on my 30th birthday. Could be sweet if it rules. if that movie sucks i'm gonna be so pissed.

Posted by: Greg Slaughter on March 12, 2009 at 11:41:50

Am I the only one who is just slightly disappointed at how far back they're pushing the movies? :( But, rather them be a long-time coming and done well than rushed.

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