If you stuck around for the end credits of Paramount’s Iron Man, you saw Samual L. Jackson as comic-book icon Nick Fury paying a visit to Tony Stark with the intention of recruiting him for ‘The Avengers Initiative.’ The brief scene is meant to get fans excited about seeing some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes mixing it up in an eventual Avengers live-action movie. But first, Marvel has to introduce a couple more members of the team in solo outings.
While previewing footage of The Incredible Hulk at Universal Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige unveiled that The First Avenger: Captain America would take place during World War II, according to SCI FI Channel’s Sci fi Wire. He also confirmed that part of Captain America’s shield can be seen in Stark’s laboratory in Iron Man, and denied rumors that Mathew McConaughey is up for the role of Captain America.
While sticking to the comic book and making Captain America a period piece may be a bold decision on the part of Marvel Studios, the company is playing it fairly safe with its upcoming Thor movie. Rather than trying to shoehorn the unconventional superhero into a contemporary setting, the filmmakers are reportedly keeping most of the action in Asgard, the mythical domain of Norse gods. Thor is slated to hit theaters on June 4, 2010, followed by The First Avenger: Captain America on May 6, 2011 and The Avengers on July 1, 2011. An Iron Man sequel is scheduled to bow on April 30, 2010.