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Marvel Moving Ahead With ‘Thor 3,’ ‘Captain America 3’

Franchise writers, directors set to return for third installments

Marvel Studios is working to lock down Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” for another sequel featuring the First Avenger. In addition, the company has hired Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to write the screenplay for “Thor 3.”

Marvel’s eagerness to bring back the Russo brothers for “Captain America 3” is apparently in response to early test screenings of “The Winter Soldier,” which have reportedly been very positive. Although the Russos are working on a story outline for the third movie, it has not yet been officially green-lit and probably won’t be until after the release of “The Winter Soldier” in April.

Likewise, no director has been attached to “Thor 3,” and despite the fact that last year’s “Thor: The Dark World” grossed more than $600 million worldwide, it’s doubtful that Alan Taylor will return because of his commitment to “Terminator: Genesis.” Plot details for Thor’s third adventure are unknown at this time, but Kyle has hinted at the possibility of introducing established comic villain Ragnarök — and the ending of “The Dark World” did nothing if not shake up the status quo.

Kevin Feige is expected to produce both projects.

The Russos are best known for directing several episodes of NBC’s “Community.” Kyle served as a producer on 2011’s “Thor” and as an executive producer on “Thor: The Dark World,” and Yost was also involved in the scripting of both of these movies.

The confirmation of “Thor 3” and “Captain America 3” marks the latest in Marvel’s push to establish the line-up for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which begins with Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” (starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas) on July 17, 2015 — the date previously occupied by “Batman vs. Superman.”

While the studio has not yet announced the full production slate for Phase 3, release dates have been set for three untitled projects — May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017. “Doctor Strange,” “Black Panther,” “Inhumans” and “Ms. Marvel” are among the rumored contenders. Plus, a third “Avengers” film is almost guaranteed to close out Marvel’s third sequence of productions.

As for Phase 2, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hits theaters April 4, followed by “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Aug. 1 and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1 of next year. The latter is likely to have a significant impact on the stories of both “Thor 3” and “Captain America 3.”

More on Marvel’s Phase 3 will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

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