Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Connecting the Marvel Movieverse

One way or another, “The Avengers” is coming, even if some involved in the production are skeptical about successfully bringing Marvel’s hottest properties together in one film. But there’s one member of Marvel Studios that’s confident in the film’s prospects — Doug Finberg.

Finberg, the head of marketing for the comic book movie studio, revealed his thoughts on Marvel’s movie slate during the recent Saturn Awards ceremony. According to him, the essential ingredient involved in getting superhero team-up film “The Avengers” right is, ironically enough, teamwork.

“Having everybody on board and really being able to actually work as a team together and develop the Marvel cinematic universe is what’s most important to us,” Finberg said according to Sci Fi Wire.

Indeed, there are several production teams at play in the Marvel movieverse. Jon Favreau has steered the “Iron Man” ship for some years now, but he’s getting company from the likes of “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh and “The First Avenger: Captain America” helmer Joe Johnston. All three of these filmmakers will need to properly establish their characters in order to succeed with “The Avengers.”

So far, Marvel’s secret weapon could be identified as Samuel L. Jackson, who signed an astonishing nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios to continue his role as Nick Fury. The S.H.I.E.L.D. director has already made his way into both “Iron Man” and its sequel, and he’ll likely pop up in more Marvel films during the lead-up to “The Avengers.”

“Well, we have a multi-picture deal with him, so obviously we’re in business with him for a while to come, and we really enjoy working with Sam,” Finberg said.

But even Jackson’s continued presence might not be enough to create a successful Marvel movie. In that regard, Finberg said that the success of the film is on another group entirely: the fans.

“Ultimately, the final expectation, the final verdict, is with the fans," Finberg said, "and that’s something that the team of Marvel does a phenomenal job at, actually making the best movie from the material they can.”

"Iron Man 2" is due out May 7, 2010. "Thor" is next, on May 20, 2011. Then "Captain America" on July 22, 2011, and "The Avengers" on May 4, 2012.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: MTV News

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