Marvel Adjusts Thor, Avengers Dates

Marvel’s plans for the superhero team-up film “The Avengers” to hit in the Summer of 2011 always seemed a bit too ambitious.

Today Marvel Studios has revised its plans for the release of its upcoming film properties into a more workable schedule. The downside? Two films are going to see year-long delays while the Summer of 2011 is going to have even more superheroes fighting it out than this past Summer.

The new schedule is as follows:

May 7th 2010: “Iron Man 2” (same date)

May 6th 2011: “Spider-Man 4” (just announced)
June 17th 2011: “Thor” (delayed a full year)
July 22nd 2011: “The First Avenger: Captain America” (delayed two months)

May 4th 2012: “The Avengers” (delayed ten months)

One of the big aims is that Marvel now has its flag permanently stamped on that first weekend of May to launch the Summer film season. They had “Spider-Man 3” in 2007, “Iron Man” last year, “Wolverine” this year, and now have sewn up that slot through til 2012.

The biggest surprise isn’t “The Avengers” delay but rather “Thor”. With the adaptation supposed to start filming in coming months, one wonders why a late Summer 2010 release still isn’t on the cards unless things aren’t progressing as fast as they should.

Also the Summer of 2011 is looking quite crowded there with the studio opening three films over the space of eleven weeks, while it’s estimated that Warners will have the next “Batman” film out sometime that Summer as well – making it a more superhero dominated period than even last Summer.