After posting promising quarterly numbers thanks to Iron Man, Marvel has decided to use the film's success as their launching point into other Marvel properties. Below you can find the official report from Associated Press.
Marvel Movies in the Pipeline
Encouraged by Iron Man's performance at the box office, Marvel said it would release a sequel on April 30, 2010.
Iron Man generated an estimated domestic box office of $100.75 million for the three-day weekend, representing the 10th best opening weekend ever, the company said.
The movie, which cost about $150 million to make and $75 million to market, generated an estimated $201 million in global box office to date.
Iron Man 2 will be followed by the launch of Thor on June 4, 2010, and two Avenger-themed movies in the summer of 2011, the company said.
Marvel's The Incredible Hulk is slated for a June release. The company will not release a self-produced film in 2009.
Shares of the company rose to $32.80 in trade before the bell. They closed at $30.25 Friday.