I hoped you cleared your plans for spring of 2014, as Marvel Studios and Disney have set a release date for their sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Joe Johnston‘s film was one of the few superhero blockbusters I’ve thoroughly enjoyed from top to bottom and it looks like their big overall plan is coming together, with the culmination of their efforts arriving in less than a month with The Avengers.
The Captain America sequel will follow the events immediately after Joss Whedon‘s film and will hit theaters April 4th, 2014. This means Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will be in between, with the former film arriving on May 3rd, 2013 and the latter on November 15th, 2013. The April date is initially odd, considering the previous Marvel superhero releases have all hit in the summer time. But with the idea of a blockbuster season always changing, this earlier release could work.
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Marvel has narrowed down possible directors to George Nolfi, who last directed The Adjustment Bureau and wrote The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve, along with The Italian Job and Law Abiding Citizen helmer F. Gary Gray. Then there is Community helmers Anthony and Joseph Russo. Word is we’ll hear a decision by this summer.
What do you want to see from a Captain America sequel?
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