Update on Marvel’s Avengers-Related Movies

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?