Here is a rundown of the important information with commentary provided. The mildest of spoilers are contained within, most of which are sort of obvious to anyone who has seen a blockbuster movie before.
- Assuming The Avengers performs well, both critically and financially, Marvel have an option for Joss Whedon to return to direct The Avengers 2.
- HULK SAD. Feige claims there are currently no plans to make a sequel to The Incredible Hulk, with new star Mark Ruffalo, although I live in hope that increased interest in the Green Giant following The Avengers might change their mind.
- Iron Man 3 starts filming in five weeks in North Carolina. Feige claims they decided to not one-up The Avengers, paring it back to just make a Tony Stark movie.
- Iron Man 3's main influence is the first half of the original Iron Man, in that they’re taking everything away from Stark, and bringing him back to basics. A "metaphorical cave", as opposed to the literal one we first found everyone's favourite alcoholic billionaire. He will be left without the considerable resources that made Iron Man 2 such a drama-less bore, and rely on his genius to save the day. Hopefully his genius also comes with an Iron Man suit because I do want to see some things explode.
- Thor 2 begins filming in London in three months time, picking up where the first film left us, addressing the fates of Jane (Natalie Portman) and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) as well as what is going down in the other nine realms, now that the Asgardians are incapable of using the Bifrost to travel between worlds.
- Loki, fresh off his villainous turn in both Thor and The Avengers, will return for Thor 2 but there will be a new, main villain of the piece. Loki is likely to be a bit player or more of an instigator, than outright antagonist.
- Thor 2 will focus on the relationship between Thor and Jane, as well as the strained fathers/son relationship between Thor and Odin. The latter pleases me, more Asgard based drama is always welcome from someone who was not particularly keen on the Earth-centric moments.
- Feige shoots down all of our hopes and dreams; there are no plans for Marvel and Pixar to team up. However, talks have been ongoing between Marvel and Disney about turning a Marvel property into an animated film under the broader Disney banner.
- Edgar Wright fans: Feige suggests you pay attention to Wright’s twitter feed in the coming months. Could it be? Are we finally getting that Ant Man movie that Wright and Joe Cornish were working on? I hope so.
- On that note, Feige adds that, “depending on what Edgar Wright films for us” there is a possibility that Marvel may actually release three films in one year.
- Captain America will be set post-Avengers, in a contemporary setting, but Marvel are still figuring out how many period flashbacks they will include in Captain America 2. Hopefully a few, it would be a shame to lose all that rich back story and period detail now that Cap has been thawed out in modern times.
- The focus of Captain America 2 will be Steve Rogers figuring out his place in this strange, new world. A self-discovery character arc that I assume is kickstarted in The Avengers. Cap will continue to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. following the events of The Avengers.
- Announcements will be made during or before Comic-Con regarding their release roster for May 2014.
So, are we excited for more Marvel madness or would you prefer to take a break after The Avengers?