The Cap will be back for another SHIELD adventure is two years' time...Plus a full extensive look at Marvel's movie plan for the next few years!
Although Captain America: The First Avenger wasn't the best superhero movie of 2011 by a long shot, earning a 3.5/5 rating where Thor managed a hefty 4.5 and X-Men: First Class a perfect 5, it was still better than the flop origins story Green Lantern (2/5) by a long way, and what with its commercial success it comes as no surprise that today Marvel Studios have announced the production of a sequel to the film. "The second instalment will pick up where the highly anticipated Avengers Assemble left off," say the studio in their press release, "As Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world." It should be certainly be interesting to see how the director deals with a Cap sequel set firmly in the modern day New York rather than in World War Two America, though I wouldn't be surprised (or disappointed) if we get some flashbacks to the patriotic days of the 30s and 40s throughout to explain some threads of the plotline too along the way. Captain America 2 will be here on April 4th, 2014: that puts it straight into the hugely busy production schedule Marvel Studios has already got concocted, such that the layout for their films in the near future goes something like this...
APRIL 26TH, 2012: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
JULY 3RD, 2012: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
MAY 3RD, 2013: IRON MAN 3
JULY 23RD, 2013: THE WOLVERINE
NOVEMBER 15TH, 2013: THOR 2
APRIL 4TH, 2014: CAPTAIN AMERICA 2
MAY 2ND, 2014: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
MAY 16TH, 2014: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 2
As you can see, then, the studio has got a pretty solid plan for where it wants to head in the next few years. 2012 is sure to be a winner, as despite the lame Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance we've got the ace-looking Avengers Assemble and Amazing Spider-Man on the way, while 2013 should be a fairly successful year, provided that Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine can back up Thor 2 without succumbing to sequel fatigue, and 2014 is pretty much a guaranteed streak of wins what with returns from the Cap, Spidey and the First Class series. Add in the fact that a 2015 release for an Avengers sequel is pretty much guaranteed, and we really do have a promising future ahead. DC Studios meanwhile have got The Dark Knight Rises to come this year and Man Of Steel next June, so they're going to be bringing their A game to the table too!