The Avengers film franchise is a weird one if you ask me. It would appear since the release of Iron Man it has slowly become a niche audience franchise and I’m not sure Thor or Captain America changed that perception. And with what we’ve seen from Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers so far, I’m not sure things are going to be changing any time soon, but that isn’t to say Marvel is going to stop fighting the good fight. They’ve got several more films on the way, actors contracted until they’re 90 and there aren’t showing any signs they plan on slowing down. If anything, they’re speeding up…
To begin, Neal McDonough, whom you may remember from Captain America: The First Avenger as Dum Dum Dugan (no worries if you don’t), spoke with IMDb recently and told the site it looks like Captain America 2 will begin production at the end of 2012 after production wraps on Thor 2, which Alan Taylor is now set to direct for a November 15, 2013 release.
What is most interesting is what McDonough says after that as he adds, “Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything… Because it’ll be me and Sam Jackson. In the real Marvel universe, Dum Dum Dugan is Nick Fury’s right hand man.”
Now correct me if I’m wrong, by McDonough played a character in the first Captain America film which was, for the most part, set in 1942. I understand Captain America was frozen and as a result didn’t age and is now living in the modern day. But how the hell would Dum Dum Dugan survive 70 years and continue to be Nick Fury’s right hand man? I guess it could be some kind of prequel story, but I still don’t see how that would work.
As for additional Marvel Universe sequel news, Iron Man 3 directed by Shane Black looks as if it may be kicking off production in early May in Wilmington, North Carolina according to a source at ComicBookMovie. That film is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
And now, we come to five new images from Marvel.com featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (aka Captain America), Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow).
Also, along with these five new images, Empire Magazine debuted five covers featuring the characters from The Avengers, which I teased at the lede of this post, but have also added full-size images to the gallery using the thumbnails below.