Marvel Bits: Captain America 2 in 2014? Patty Jenkins for Thor 2?

Thor and Captain America

A few bits of Marvel news have surfaced overnight regarding the sequels to Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.

First up. The Playlist reports that Chris Evans has not only confirmed that he’s signed on for three Captain America and three Avengers films, but that Captain America 2 won’t see the light of day until at least 2014. “They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap”, he said. “Marvel has a lot of balls in the air, they aren’t going to cannibalize their films.”

Nor will we see the Cap in any other Marvel films between now and then. Evans candidly adds, ““Out of those six films, if I pop up in one of those [other films], it counts as part of the deal. So if they needed me in a third Cap, and I say, ‘Fuck you, give me $30 million,’ well…they want to avoid that.” It is likely that Captain America 2 will take one of the previously revealed slots of 16 May 2014 or 27 June 2014.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Patty Jenkins, best known for directing Charlize Theron in Monster and the pilot episode of AMC’s The Killing (a remake of the Danish series of the same name), is being considered to direct Thor 2. This is significant not simply because it will mark the first female director of a major Marvel (or any) superhero film, but continues with Marvel’ unconventional selection of directors following Kenneth Branagh on the original Thor. Like Branagh, Jenkins is not known for her big-budget action films. Thor already has a release date from Marvel and Disney of 26 July 2013.