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On the eve of Comic-Con International, Marvel Studios has launched bare-bones websites for Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. At the moment, they’re not much more than placeholders with links to updates registrations and equally sparse Facebook pages. But perhaps by the time Saturday’s Marvel Studios panel concludes the sites will expand a little.
Thor (in theaters, May 6, 2011)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
The screenplay for “Thor” was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D’Esposito, will executive produce.
Captain America: The First Avenger (in theaters, July 22, 2011)
“Captain America: The First Avenger” will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Directed by Joe Johnston and written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is based on characters developed by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The film will be produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige. Executive Producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios’ Chairman David Maisel. Paramount Pictures will distribute “Captain America: The First Avenger” worldwide.