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Marvel made easy

by Toni Garden. Published Fri 04 Jun 2010 12:24, last updated: 12/07/10

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With the release of some new concept art drawings of Thor and Captain America, Purple Revolver are breaking down Marvel's upcoming releases for new arrivals to the Marvel universe.

Marvel couldn't have been happier with the reception they got from Iron Man 2 despite critics taking a swipe at the complex and multiple storylines.

Thanks to comic book worshippers and swooning Downey Jnr fans, the film made more than enough cash to leave Marvel rubbing their hands together with glee.

So what’s next on Marvel’s drawing board to unleash on the cinematic world?

2011 sees the release of Thor on May, 20, swiftly followed by Captain America: The First Avenger on July, 22 before finally setting The Avengers on the world in 2012.

The credits rolled on Iron Man 2 and some may have caught the 30 second clip of S.H.I.E.L.D agent Coulson recovering a hammer from the desert.

This was Marvel’s set up for Kenneth Branagh’s stab at Thor, the powerful but arrogant Norse God cast from the Heavens to live among humans as punishment for his reigniting an ancient war. Simple enough so far, right?

Chris Hemsworth will play the ancient God while Natalie Portman takes the role of heroine, Jane Foster.

S.H.I.E.L.D agent Coulson will no doubt be making an appearance to remind audiences that this is all in preparation for The Avengers.

The final story to tell, is in fact the story of the first Avenger; Captain America. Set during world war one, military experiments make Steve Rogers played by all American boy, Chris Pine, a super soldier who must stop arch enemy, Red Skull being brought to life by the ever sinister Hugo Weaving from launching rockets at allies and in doing so gets himself frozen in ice for over 60 years.

Which brings us nicely to the present day with Captain America thawing out and Thor and Iron Man being recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. Joining forces with Black Widow, Nick Fury and rumoured casting of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, the bow and arrow shooter will will make up super crime fighting heroes, The Avengers.

Edward Norton may take up his green-eyed monster alter ego The Hulk and Bruce Banner again, but after the film flopped the future of the big guy is still being debated.

With master of the geeks, Joss Whedon already being signed on to direct The Avengers and the back stories being prepared and shot this year, let’s hope the market is still calling out for a hero in 2012.



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