Monday, May 5, 2008



So, if you know me personally, you know I live about 200 yards away from a large multi-plex theater. If you know me even better, you know I barely have time to go to movies, but I often times can pre-predict a successful run of a film, but how big the lines are at the theaters. This weekend, IRON MAN must have been successful, because traffic was way screwed up heading to my home. I have not had the chance to see the opus to red and gold iron, but I plan on it (at this printing apparently it grossed 90 million clams). However, Marvel has already announced a sequel... A SEQUEL! We have barely seen it, and there will be a sequel. Not only that, but Marvel also burped out about five other movie release dates including the much anticipated "Avengers" movie, "Captain America" and "Thor".

"Feature Film Slate Update:"

"Marvel today updated its feature film slate strategy and plans for the next three years, locking in key release windows for its character franchises. In order to focus its attention on maximizing the success of an Iron Man sequel and the launch of Thor in the summer of 2010 and because Marvel believes that the summer is the optimal time to launch a new property, the Company will not release a self produced film in 2009. Marvel plans to launch its 2010 film slate with the release of the sequel, Iron Man 2, on April 30, 2010, followed by the launch of Thor on June 4, 2010. Additionally, Marvel is planting its feature film stakes for summer 2011 with an Avengers-themed summer - a two-picture project which will debut on May 6, 2011 with The First Avenger: Captain America (working title), followed by The Avengers in July 2011.

Marvel's Chairman, Morton Handel, commented, "Adjusting for the strong year-ago contribution from the Spider-Man JV, Marvel's Q1 2008 operating results continued to demonstrate strong global demand for consumer products based on the Company's portfolio of characters. Marvel's self-produced feature film slate launched this past weekend with a performance that firmly establishes Iron Man as a major new film franchise, and the Company eagerly awaits the June premiere of The Incredible Hulk, Marvel's second self-produced film. In addition, Marvel has been investing in other important areas of growth such as the Internet where, to lead the Company's newly formed Global Digital Media Group, Marvel recently announced the hiring of Ira Rubenstein. Marvel has a strong foundation to build from, and the Company is adding infrastructure to maximize these opportunities."

Wow, ever since Hollywood gave the keys to the car to the hard core comic book fans, the pedal has been to the metal, but never to this ambitious extent. I find it odd, that only four years after the first HULK we will get a 're-invention'. But, I understand that the new movie, CAP and THOR movies are building to the big AVENGERS movie which will probably feature, HULK, IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR. Let's hope that the new Captain America movie can top the 1978 made for TV movie. If you don't know what I'm talking about, catch it below! I like the see through shield. Awesome for the sake of awesome!

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