There’s no denying that The Avengers is one of the best comic book movies to date and certainly deserves its massive box office success, but you also have to admit that a lot of its endearing qualities results from the groundwork laid by previous Marvel movies such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk. Said movies handled the origin stories and character introductions, so that The Avengers could start the movie with a readily available momentum.
The new line up of Marvel movies is equally impressive, and seems capable of setting up another “The Avengers” in the future. There’s also a number of new faces:
Iron Man 3 is set for release on May 3, 2013, and has Tony Stark taking onThe Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley)
Thor: The Dark World brings back Marvel’s God of Thunder on November 8, 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will adapt one of the greatest storyarcs in Marvel history on April 4, 2014, and has Cap tracking down a deadly Russian assassin known as the Winter Soldier. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but anybody’s who’s familiar with the Winter Soldier from the comic books knows that his story has already been set up in the first Captain America movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy sweeps into action on August 1, 2014, focusing on Marvel’s lesser-known spacefaring heroes. This movie will also be dealing with the threat posed by Thanos, who already made his movie debut on The Avengers’ end credits.
Ant-Man was also announced, with no release date yet.