With Thor and Captain America set to strike theaters in the rapidly-approaching summer season, the writing has been on the wall that genre fans should be expecting sequel developments to be heating up at Marvel Studios. In some cases, it happens before the film hits with the Captain America writing team Stephen McNeely and Christopher Marcus having already been commissioned to pen a sequel to the adventure that will center on the character after his appearance in Joss Whedon's 2012's The Avengers.
IGN Movies reports that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige makes no effort to hide that sequels are planned for this summer's tentpoles along with confirming once again that they'd like to see standalone films for Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye and the S.H.I.E.L.D organization.
"Thor will go off into a new adventure," says Feige, "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. And, we've got a lot of other characters we're prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined."
Feige confirms that a lot of the characters' stories and potential scripts hinges on The Avengers, which flies into theaters next summer.
"X-Men was the dawn of the new Marvel cinematic age," said Feige. "Iron Man was the dawn of the Marvel Studios age and the establishment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning of that continuity. The Avengers is the next big step. Once all these characters come together, it's the culmination of all that has come before. It launches a new era and a new time in the history of our films. Not only will it be the first film that our new home studio, Disney, will be distributing, but it will also renew each of these characters and launch them into their own franchises, starting with the second film to be released by Disney, Iron Man 3."
Fans will be able to check out the rest of the Feige interview in the upcoming issue of Disney's D23 magazine, which hits stands May 3.