SFX Magazine recently got to speak with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who revealed some new details on the studio's upcoming slate of films, and how Iron Man 2, Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America will segue into the highly-anticipated The Avengers.
"It's fun now, and we're introducing some new characters in [Iron Man 2]," he told the magazine. "But it's not about just cramming in lots of new people; that's sort of the cardinal sin of the sequel - adding in too many characters. This is totally Tony Stark's story. And that's gonna weave into Thor's story, and Steve Rogers' story, and it's already ingrained with Nick Fury's story and an organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D."
Feige also briefly mentioned who might be included in The Avengers film as well.
"My only concern is that when we launch a franchise--whichever character's franchise that may be--it should stand on its own two feet... So by the time The Avengers comes in 2012, it's not just a team superhero movie with a bunch of characters with powers. It's three people - four including the Hulk; five including Nick Fury - who you've seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time."
Speaking of The Incredible Hulk, Feige revealed that there is still a possibility of a sequel, but it's much farther down the line.
"That would be post-Avengers, if it happened... I think there's a chance. It's certainly our intention to use the same actors from film to film where we can."
The next entry in the Marvel universe, Iron Man 2, stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Garry Shandling, John Slattery and arrives in theaters on May 7. Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Joshua Dallas, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Adriana Barraza and will be released on May 6, 2011. The First Avenger: Captain America is set for released on July 22, 2011 while The Avengers is set for May 4, 2012.