Slew of Marvel movie updates

The Marvel movie engine is chugging along, climbing on the back of the success of the Spider-Man franchise, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Now we've got an Iron Man sequel in the works, a Thor film, Captain America, Avengers and a fourth Spider-Man. With that many different dishes cooking, there's got to be a lot of stuff going on. The man that is in the know when it comes to those sort of things is Kevin Feige, Marvel's President of Production. Feige recently spoke with First Showing, and boy did he have some updates about...well, everything. He says that Iron Man 2 is pretty much done with the dialogue scenes and is now turning towards the action sequences. Feige puts the production at about the halfway point, which bodes well considering the film is due out next year. He spoke very highly of Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke, but he mentioned an intriguing note about Scarlett Johansson. He said her character has "two sides," which could mean we'll see her as Stark's assistant at first who then turns on Stark and becomes the Black Widow. In regards to Thor, Feige confirms that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have been cast as Thor and Loki respectively. Kenneth Branagh has indicated that the film will not have any Shakespearean dialogue like the comics do. Further, Feige mentioned that Hiddleston (in addition to Hemsworth, Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson) have been signed on for multiple movies or "franchises." This means that Marvel will really push the Marvel Universe continuity thing by keeping the actors in the same roles across all films. Feige also had big news on the Captain America: First Avenger front. He said that we'll definitely be seeing Bucky in the film in some capacity, and that the film will be a period piece that takes place during WWII. Feige's recipe for a great Captain America movie is a little big of The Rocketeer, lots of October Sky, some Star Wars ship designs and the feel of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And Captain America will be involved with the Avengers from the get go, which is pretty essential to a good Avengers film. As a calendar date refresh, Iron Man 2 hits theaters May 7, 2010, Thor May 20, 2011 and Captain America: First Avenger hits theaters July 22, 2011. It's an exciting time to be a comic book fan. Slew of Marvel movie updates