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There have been a lot of talk about what characters will show up in Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers” movie (due out in 2012, mark your calenders, kids!), so here’s the skinny: according to Kevin Feige, who should know since he’s Marvel Studios’ main guy, the Avengers line-up will consist of five characters — Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Nick Fury. Well, he doesn’t come right out and say Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, but that seems like a given. He does mention The Hulk and Nick Fury by name, though.
“My only concern is that when we launch a franchise.. whichever characters franchise that may be, it should stand on its own two feet. With Iron Man being the first one out of the gate, thank goodness thats what happend. Everyone loved it. Its our job to do the same with Thor and Captain America two years from now, so by the time The Avengers comes in 2012 its not just a team super hero movie with a bunch of characters with powers, its three people, four including Hulk , five including Nick Fury-who you have seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time.”
Feige also confirms that they are trying to get Ed Norton back as Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, but doesn’t know if it’ll happen. I’m probably the only guy on the web who didn’t think Norton’s turn as Banner was anything special; then again, I also didn’t care very much for Louis Leterrier’s remake of “Hulk”, so there you have it.
Feige also elaborated on the Thor that will be showing up in Kenneth Branagh’s movie:
“We’re doing the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby/Walt Simonson/J Michael Straczynski Thor. We’re not doing the blow the dust of the old Norse book in your library Thor. And in the Thor of the Marvel universe there’s a race called The Asgardians, and we’re linked through this tree of life that we’re unaware of. Its real science, but we don’t know about it yet. The Thor movie is about teaching people that.”
You can catch the full interview with Feige in this month’s issue of SFX Magazine.