Update on Marvel’s Avengers-Related Movies

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This morning there were about a half dozen different articles on the movie blogs focused on the same UGO article. Alas, that particular article has since been pulled. My guess is that UGO jumped the gun on the report, and Marvel has (probably not very) kindly asked them to take it down. It happens all the time in this universe we call the movie news trade. But luckily for us, they did publish the article, and a couple of other blogs were quick enough to pick up the contents before it was removed. This is the Internet, after all. Once it’s out, it’s out, boys.

Combined info from Slashfilm and Filmonic, both quoting Marvel’s headman himself, Kevin Feige:

“The Avengers”: Feige would like to see the Hulk show up, possibly as the movie’s central villain (or antagonist) that spurs the creation of the Avengers to face the threat. And since he signs the checks, I’m going to guess he’ll get his wish. Also, Zak Penn will begin his draft of the movie next week and work through the summer. Feige also confirms that Sam Jackson and Scarlett Johansson (who will be playing the Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″) have already been signed up for the movie.

“Thor”: Feige confirms the signing of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, but elects to evade the signing of Brian Blessed as Odin. On the rumor of Natalie Portman as Thor’s love interest, he said it would be swell, but declines to add anything else. Feige also confirms that Thor’s human alter ego Donald Blake won’t be in the movie, but did seem to contradict earlier reports that had the film taking place mostly in Asgard. According to Feige, it’s the opposite.

“The First Avenger: Captain America”: Production is set to start on June 28th, 2010 with Joe Johnston directing. Feige says he’d like to start casting this Summer, so expect some announcements soon. On who would play the Star Spangled Banner, Feige didn’t have a name, but when someone mentioned Will Smith, he did seem to confirm that Smith was in contention as one of the handful of International stars that could sell the film. I’m guessing what he’s insinuating is that a man with the word “America” in his name needs extra help in International markets. Though again, Feige seemed to contradict himself when he said that the “Truth” storyline, which introduced Isaiah Bradley, the very first (and very black) Captain America, would likely not be taking place in the first “Captain America” movie, though he left room for the storyline showing up in future sequels.

Below: Captain America: Big Willy Style?

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    The “Truth” storyline would be agreat film, but not a good starting point, as the Cap in the Avengers won’t be Isaiah Bradley. But Will Smith does not a Bradley make. Moris CHestnut, Michael Jai White, or maybe even Tyrese, but not Big Willie.

    • JLOMan

      For what it’s worth, I’d like to see Aaron Eckhart play Steve Rogers! He definitely has the acting chops and the right look. Of course they’d have to beef him up somehow. (Like they should for the new guy that’s been cast as THOR)

      • http://beyondhollywood.com/ itsbadge

        I completley agree. I also think that the actor from Quantom of Solace and the actor that plays Oliver Queen on Smallvile would both be a great fit for Captain America. Don’t ruin the comic and make Will Smith Captain America.

    • Gabriel7

      Look, I´m black and i think that the mysticism would be erased. The charismatic Captain America has that iconic image of a tall, blond, blue-eyed or green if you like defending the primary right of all races: freedom. What for the Nazis was a lesson as if to say: “the spell killed the sorcerer”.

  • Dedpool3678

    The “Truth” storyline would be agreat film, but not a good starting point, as the Cap in the Avengers won’t be Isaiah Bradley. But Will Smith does not a Bradley make. Moris CHestnut, Michael Jai White, or maybe even Tyrese, but not Big Willie.

    • JLOMan

      For what it’s worth, I’d like to see Aaron Eckhart play Steve Rogers! He definitely has the acting chops and the right look. Of course they’d have to beef him up somehow. (Like they should for the new guy that’s been cast as THOR)

      • http://beyondhollywood.com itsbadge

        I completley agree. I also think that the actor from Quantom of Solace and the actor that plays Oliver Queen on Smallvile would both be a great fit for Captain America. Don’t ruin the comic and make Will Smith Captain America.

    • Gabriel7

      Look, I´m black and i think that the mysticism would be erased. The charismatic Captain America has that iconic image of a tall, blond, blue-eyed or green if you like defending the primary right of all races: freedom. What for the Nazis was a lesson as if to say: “the spell killed the sorcerer”.

  • creed 14

    Look I am not a racist but a black Captien America that is just crazy! Cap is a white guy (PLEASE) leave it at that.

    • creed 14

      Yes I’m a idiot I spelled Captain wrong.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        No not racist, but damn. Unfortunately I’d have to agree with you though, simply because back in WWII a black Captain AMerica just wouldn’t have worked, hell we had problems just getting to do some regular fighting the hell with leading a platoon and being the sybol of the country. Technically the story of “Truth” takes place before Steve Rogers’ story, and Isaiah Bradley never really became Captain AMerica in the true sense of the title, however I think that if the first movie and The Avengers do well that there should be a second movie that does touch on the story in “truth” with Steve Meeting his predecessor, I just hope they don’t do the whole disheartened soldeier going bad with him.

    • Philly Phil

      I’m black and your comment isn’t racist at all… The movie would sucks ass that way. They’re idiots if the destroy an icon like Captain America. Bryan Singer tried to get Will Smith to play Superman in Superman returns. Thank God that didn’t work out.

  • creed 14

    Look I am not a racist but a black Captien America that is just crazy! Cap is a white guy (PLEASE) leave it at that.

    • creed 14

      Yes I’m a idiot I spelled Captain wrong.

      • Deadpool3678

        No not racist, but damn. Unfortunately I’d have to agree with you though, simply because back in WWII a black Captain AMerica just wouldn’t have worked, hell we had problems just getting to do some regular fighting the hell with leading a platoon and being the sybol of the country. Technically the story of “Truth” takes place before Steve Rogers’ story, and Isaiah Bradley never really became Captain AMerica in the true sense of the title, however I think that if the first movie and The Avengers do well that there should be a second movie that does touch on the story in “truth” with Steve Meeting his predecessor, I just hope they don’t do the whole disheartened soldeier going bad with him.

    • Philly Phil

      I’m black and your comment isn’t racist at all… The movie would sucks ass that way. They’re idiots if the destroy an icon like Captain America. Bryan Singer tried to get Will Smith to play Superman in Superman returns. Thank God that didn’t work out.

  • Dennis 1963

    I must concur. I don’t agree with Captain America being a black man. I myself am a black man. I say that because i like it when things are as they should be. I’m not saying that Will Smith or Tyrese would make a good Captain America, but stick to what I used to read when I was a young man.
    Now, when they make the “Luke Cage-Powerman” movie, then you get Michael Jai White!!!

    • Mr.Claw

      SWEET CHRISTMAS! Dennis 1963 you hit the nail on the head! Bring on Power Man and Iron Fist!

      • Jeff

        Sweet Christmas! Ha! Ha! Ha! I thought that only myself and a friend of mine would get this!

        Isn’t that from a goofy christmas edition of Wizard?

        • ulik

          The signature phrase “Sweet Christmas” comes from the “white” writers of that time trying to make Luke Cage aka Power Man sound “hip” or “urban” in a “60′s/70′s blaxploitation movie” kind of way. Believe me,me being a man born and raised in New York City, you’d never here a black man from “Harlem” say something so cheesy and corny as “Sweet Christmas”. Now if he was from Macon, Georgia or the south then I could see that.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            LoL. Yeah I’ve never heard anybody from there say that and I was born and raised there too. I think it’s funny how nowadays it’s been shortened to just “Christmas!” almost like an expletive. LoL. I really do love how they’ve made him an A-list character. And it looks like his “Brother in arms” is gonna be a daddy too. Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and girlfriend, now fiance Musty Knight are expecting.

  • Dennis 1963

    I must concur. I don’t agree with Captain America being a black man. I myself am a black man. I say that because i like it when things are as they should be. I’m not saying that Will Smith or Tyrese would make a good Captain America, but stick to what I used to read when I was a young man.
    Now, when they make the “Luke Cage-Powerman” movie, then you get Michael Jai White!!!

    • Mr.Claw

      SWEET CHRISTMAS! Dennis 1963 you hit the nail on the head! Bring on Power Man and Iron Fist!

      • Jeff

        Sweet Christmas! Ha! Ha! Ha! I thought that only myself and a friend of mine would get this!

        Isn’t that from a goofy christmas edition of Wizard?

        • ulik

          The signature phrase “Sweet Christmas” comes from the “white” writers of that time trying to make Luke Cage aka Power Man sound “hip” or “urban” in a “60′s/70′s blaxploitation movie” kind of way. Believe me,me being a man born and raised in New York City, you’d never here a black man from “Harlem” say something so cheesy and corny as “Sweet Christmas”. Now if he was from Macon, Georgia or the south then I could see that.

          • Dedpool

            LoL. Yeah I’ve never heard anybody from there say that and I was born and raised there too. I think it’s funny how nowadays it’s been shortened to just “Christmas!” almost like an expletive. LoL. I really do love how they’ve made him an A-list character. And it looks like his “Brother in arms” is gonna be a daddy too. Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and girlfriend, now fiance Musty Knight are expecting.

  • david

    *sigh* sad to say a black man would not pull off the role and the movie would fail. no offense to thoses of the African American culture i just think that it should stay the way it was ment to be

    • Deadpool3678

      HELLO PEOPLE READ MY COMMENTS. THERE NEVER WAS A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!They were thinking about possibly doing the “Truth” storyline. And if so they’d need a black actor. And as I said I’d love for them to reference that in a second Cap movie. But yes we all know Cap just wouldn’t work right being black. Unless you change his entire origin and not make him a WWII hero. But even then he can’t wear that costume…just looks wrong.

      • laa

        you said that to get your racism off. secret racist.

        • Dedpool3678

          I’m black. And my baby’s mama is white. Love me some asian culture (and women) and have a thing for just about everyone elese. SO how am I racist? I just don’t think a black soldier in WWII would’ve been picked to represent America at the time.

  • david

    *sigh* sad to say a black man would not pull off the role and the movie would fail. no offense to thoses of the African American culture i just think that it should stay the way it was ment to be

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      HELLO PEOPLE READ MY COMMENTS. THERE NEVER WAS A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!They were thinking about possibly doing the “Truth” storyline. And if so they’d need a black actor. And as I said I’d love for them to reference that in a second Cap movie. But yes we all know Cap just wouldn’t work right being black. Unless you change his entire origin and not make him a WWII hero. But even then he can’t wear that costume…just looks wrong.

      • laa

        you said that to get your racism off. secret racist.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          I’m black. And my baby’s mama is white. Love me some asian culture (and women) and have a thing for just about everyone elese. SO how am I racist? I just don’t think a black soldier in WWII would’ve been picked to represent America at the time.

  • Jace

    My opinion on this whole captain America black or white subject is less on the racial side and more on the keeping true to the role side. When Will Smith was brought up to play the Cap. I thought “Damn, he’s definitely got the physical build for it.” Then I got to thinking, The Cap wasn’t always 6’4″ 220lbs of pure athletic muscle, he was scrawny and not even usable by the army in anything other then some scientific experiment, which they pretty much let him in on because he had the one characteristic they were looking for: He was willing. So that whole train of thought led me to think. How are you gonna pull off a tall muscular black male like Smith of Gibson becoming even more so while keeping true to the character? An even buffer Will Smith? I guess they could take the Benjamin Button route and just super impose there faces on someone else body….
    Sad to say (as I am white) that racialy, african american men just seem more athletic from the get go compared to white males. So when a transformation does happen to the extreme that took place with Steve Rogers, it seemed more profound (maybe just to me) in my eyes. If when bruce banner became the hulk, and he didn’t get much bigger, why would they call him the hulk? Why not just, “That Green Guy”

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Very true. Everything you’ve stated makes sense. However I still think even with good actors it realistically and historically wouldn’t work with a black man. The racial climate at the time would never have allowed for a black Captain AMerica. Even if you made the super soldier program like the tuskegee experiments, the country was not ready to have the face of America be a black man. However as I have stated many times before I would like to see the character of Isaiah Bradley brought up and make an apperance. Check this out for info on the character. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah_Bradley

  • Jace

    My opinion on this whole captain America black or white subject is less on the racial side and more on the keeping true to the role side. When Will Smith was brought up to play the Cap. I thought “Damn, he’s definitely got the physical build for it.” Then I got to thinking, The Cap wasn’t always 6’4″ 220lbs of pure athletic muscle, he was scrawny and not even usable by the army in anything other then some scientific experiment, which they pretty much let him in on because he had the one characteristic they were looking for: He was willing. So that whole train of thought led me to think. How are you gonna pull off a tall muscular black male like Smith of Gibson becoming even more so while keeping true to the character? An even buffer Will Smith? I guess they could take the Benjamin Button route and just super impose there faces on someone else body….
    Sad to say (as I am white) that racialy, african american men just seem more athletic from the get go compared to white males. So when a transformation does happen to the extreme that took place with Steve Rogers, it seemed more profound (maybe just to me) in my eyes. If when bruce banner became the hulk, and he didn’t get much bigger, why would they call him the hulk? Why not just, “That Green Guy”

    • Dedpool

      Very true. Everything you’ve stated makes sense. However I still think even with good actors it realistically and historically wouldn’t work with a black man. The racial climate at the time would never have allowed for a black Captain AMerica. Even if you made the super soldier program like the tuskegee experiments, the country was not ready to have the face of America be a black man. However as I have stated many times before I would like to see the character of Isaiah Bradley brought up and make an apperance. Check this out for info on the character. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah_Bradley