The summer blockbuster bloodbath of 2011 won't kick off for another couple weeks, but that hasn't stopped the studios behind some of the summer's biggest films from hiring writers to work on sequels. Now, Marvel's movie mogul Kevin Feige has confirmed to Disney's D23 Magazine that sequels to Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger are in development.
"Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. —all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films."
The biggest bit of news from that is confirmation that a second "Captain America" film would definitely take place in modern day. Hopefully the World War II setting isn't the best thing about director Joe Johnston's latest film, otherwise no one will care.
Marvel is clearly happy with the way these films have turned out and as such, the practical thing to do is get a sequel in development so that the films can be turned around for release as early as 2013. Iron Man 3 is already slated for the early May spot that year, but at least one of the other films could be ready by that summer.
Personally, I think Marvel should have a bit more reservation: the wide range of anticipated sequels this year could lead some of these films to disappoint at the box office. Also, this is Thor and Captain America we're talking about, not Spider-Man and Iron Man: the fan base is less dependable. It might not matter for sequels to these films, but for creating a Black Widow spinoff? Probably.