The Journal Gazette has posted an article about Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios, who provides some insight on their upcoming slate of Super Hero feature films:

Rise of The Silver Surfer is a sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four. There had long been talk of developing Marvel's cosmic Silver Surfer in his own film. But ultimately, Feige said, "we at Marvel decided, you know what, it would be best to introduce him as he was in the comics, which was on an adventure with the Fantastic Four. RELATED: Incredible Hulk Star Lou Ferrigno Throws Jab at CGI Superheroes

"And if that works out, we would love to spin him into his own movies."

First up will be Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. Filming begins in a few weeks, with a release date set for May 2, 2008.

A key challenge has been designing the high-tech armor that the character of Tony Stark dons to become Iron Man. "We've had artists working on it for nearly a year now," Feige said, "designing what I believe is the single most successful translation of a character from comics to the big screen, and the best version of the suit that has ever existed."

A 2008 release date is also set for The Incredible Hulk. The green-skinned behemoth first stormed into theaters in director Ang Lee's Hulk in 2003. Feige says he's proud of the angst-ridden first film.

But he's eager to deliver a movie that explores a different angle of the Hulk, "which is that element of wish fulfillment, of overcoming an injustice or a bully and tapping into a strength that you didn't quite realize you had in yourself."

It looks like a tiny hero also will have his moment on the big screen. Writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) is working on the script for an Ant-Man movie.

"After that, it's hard to talk too far in the future," Feige said, "but Captain America and Thor and Black Panther and the Avengers are all on our development slate right now."

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