Some quick news coming from Marvel and Disney today, however it is certainly not small news. Firstly there has been an announcement that both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2: The Dark World, will now be released in 3D, and to be perfectly honest I am surprised this wasn’t announced sooner.
Marvel and Disney have had one hell of a year with Joss Whedon’s The Avengers Assemble, and granted the film was absolutely huge at the box office, but the 3D sales gave the film a mighty boost and probably just tipped it as the biggest film of the year, with The Dark Knight Rises very close behind. Both studios have clearly recognised the potential of 3D, and the format especially works well in superhero films, but they certainly shouldn’t be expecting anything like the success of The Avengers Assemble. Granted though, both films will be absolutely huge, and the 3D boost in ticket sales will secure both films as being heavily tipped to give the rest of the competition a real run for its money.
Both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2: The Dark World will be post-converted as they are already in production, however fear not because the post-conversion process has been improved a lot since some of those earlier mistakes, and with these being such massive films, and considering this is in fact a Disney/Marvel production, they will not be happy unless everything is absolutely perfect. The directors of both films probably had an idea that the decision would be made to convert their films into 3D after the Avengers success, so it is thought they would already have made allowances for the post-conversion to take place. Either way, I am positive both films will be amazing.
In other Marvel/Disney news, a release date has officially been announced for director Edgar Wight’s Ant-Man. As we all know Wright is currently finishing off The World’s End, the final film in his trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost which includes Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but he is keen to get started on Ant-Man. Wright teased fans at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year by showing off some test footage from his new film, and with so much going on with Marvel/Disney, fans were expecting Ant-Man to be a million miles off. But it isn’t…
Ant-Man now has an official release date of 6th November 2015, which will give Wright plenty of time to fix his script and get cracking on the film. This now puts Wright’s film as the last in a long list of Disney/Marvel films coming up over the next couple of years. It would seem that Ant-Man just might be the final film in Marvel’s massive ‘Phase Two’ push, the one in which Joss Whedon is over-seeing. The schedule for Disney/Marvel is now as follows:
Iron Man 3- 3rd May 2013
Thor: The Dark World- 8th November 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier- 4th April 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy- 1st August 2014
The Avengers 2- 1st May 2015
Ant-Man- 6th November 2015
And let’s not forget the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series now in development.