On day three of San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, July 25, Marvel didn't only present visitors with "Iron Man 2" panel, but also an update to "The Avengers" in term of which superhero characters will be making an appearance in the film. After the presentation of the "Iron Man" sequel, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' President of Production revealed to Io9 the potential line-up of the super team.
"I think we know. I think it's going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury," he gushed on the matter. "I think it's safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What's exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other."
"I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it's fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won't be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many." Asked whether Hulk himself will be making an appearance, the studio topper stated that scribe Zak Penn "is outlining it as we speak, so we'll see." As for whether Thor depicter Chris Hemsworth has met with "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr., Feige responded, "Oh yes, that was the first meeting of Thor and Tony Stark, it was pretty cool."
"The Avengers" will pick up the story when the Earth's mightiest heroes will have to work together to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson have all been confirmed to star in this film which is now set for May 4, 2012 U.S. release. Director Jon Favreau has been rumored to take the helming part, but he has stated to Movies Online recently that his involvement on the project "has yet to be determined".
"Remember, you have to take into account what Thor is and you don't know that until the film's locked," he elaborated more. "You're not going to know about Thor for two years, what that really means. And [The First Avenger:] Captain America, they haven't even started prepping yet. So there's a lot of discovery that has to take place before you can understand what Avengers really is."