While it seems like every bit of Marvel news this week has revolved around Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the comic giant-slash-film studio does have other projects in the works. One of the most high profile films in development is a sequel to this summer’s Thor.
Marvel’s been busy hunting for a director for the project – Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning and the current hot choice is Monster director Patty Jenkins – but today’s news finds the studio moving the film’s release date. Originally scheduled to debut on July 26th, 2013, Marvel has now moved Thor 2 to November 15th of the same year.
Why the move? IndieWire says it's most likely because July of 2013 is a month currently filled with some big films and Marvel would prefer to avoid the competition. The first three weeks of July feature Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion. It seems Marvel doesn’t really want Thor 2 to be the film that comes in the wake of those three big releases.
November, which is usually a release window for comedies and Oscar hopefuls, is slowly starting to become more open to blockbusters. Will audiences want to see superheroes so close to the holidays? We'll find out in fall of 2013.
Speaking of blockbusters, the third installment of the Men in Black franchise is still over a year and a half away – but that hasn’t stopped Activision from unveiling some cool screenshots from their upcoming spin-off game based on the film.
Yes, games based on movies are generally terrible – and its too soon to tell if that will once again prove true in this instance (Activision is being coy about which characters are in the game and what kind of plot it will have), but these new screenshots (courtesy of Bleeding Cool) do at least give us a look at a new alien. That’s gotta count for something, right?
Naturally, Mark Caplan – Vice President of Marketing at Sony Pictures – thinks this game will be the bee’s knees. “With Activision bringing the Men In Black universe to life on next gen consoles for the first time, the Men In Black video game will be both familiar to fans, an exciting beginning for the uninitiated, and revolutionary for the franchise.”
Check out the screenshots for yourself and see what you think. No word on when a MiB game will be coming to home consoles, but expect it closer to the third film’s theatrical release date.