Marvel’s Superheroes Galore Coming to a Theatre Near You: Thor, Spiderman 4, and Captain America

by Irma Arkus

The latest update on the upcoming Marvel films, is that everything old is new again, and superheroes are lining up to collect the box office cash.

Sam Raimi is coming back for another stab or two at Spiderman. Yes, Spiderman 4 is about to return, as are the usual suspects: Toby Maguire is definitely returning for the role, despite the initial hesitance, and so is Kirsten Dunst. Not only are these two engaged in Spiderman 4, but there is also Spiderman 5 planned for 2013.

If there isn’t a grain of sand in Spiderman 4, I’ll be severely disappointed.

The First Avenger: Captain America is bringing Steve Rogers onto the big screen. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are screenwriting, and both are known for their extensive contributions to one of the most infuriating film franchises to date: The Chronicles of Narnia.

No announcements on casting choices yet, and the inital call for Barrowman to pick up the cape have been largely panned by homophobic American audiences. The film is set for 2011 summer, but it seems to be still oscillating between the ears of writers and executives, because there seems to be no progress in producing the actual film yet.

Let us hope that Captain America is not depitcted as yet another coming of Jesus.

Thor, on the other hand, has been set for 2011, and seems to already heading in full force. Not only is Kenneth Branagh directing, but casting is chock full of impressive names: Natalie Portman is playing Jane Foster, Samuel L. Jackson is returning as Nick Fury (and will be doing that a lot), Tom Hiddleston is Loki, Brian Blessed as Odin, and even Thor has been cast with Chris Hemsworth *grumble grumble*

Meanwhile, we are all awaiting Iron Man 2, hoping that Disney’s acquiry of Marvel will not have such a large impact on future of superheroes everywhere. And that, my friends, is wishful thinking.