Friday, May 27, 2011

Avenging Signs

It's been nearly a month now since Marvel's Thor impressively hammered his way through your local multiplex, and while Fox has X-Men: First Class next week and Warners has Green Lantern two weeks later to scratch the cinematic superhero itch (although I'm pretty sure there's an ointment for that...), the next brick in the comic giant's interconnected movie universe won't be laid into place until Captain America slings his shield on the big screen come late July. 

All of this, as we know, is merely the opening act for next summer's unprecedented Avengers opus, now lensing under the helm of Joss Whedon, which teams the company's marquee stars in what's sure to be a true cinematic event. While Avengers is under a cone of silence, I don't doubt that plenty of details will leak out between now and its May 4 launch. Still, for the uninitiated or for those who are just curious, the fine folks at Movies.com have compiled a handy list of what we know so far, and what we may need to know going forward (if you haven't seen Thor yet, this might be considered a spoiler minefield, so tread lightly). 

And if you really want to go all in on the nerdery, jump on over to Film Buff Online, where they've compiled an elaborate, interweaving timeline of the Marvel Movie Universe -- encompassing the Iron Man flicks, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and, eventually, The Avengers -- that's as impressive as it is exhaustive. I'm dating myself a bit here, but it brings back fond memories of the fun Marvel Saga comic from the '80s, which did something similar by retroactively tying together the disparate threads of Marvel's comic universe all the way back to its early '60s origins.

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