Los Angeles (AFP) - Marvel has unveiled plans for a slate of new superhero films, expanding its already wildly successful comic book universe -- and breaking ground with its first solo black and female hero movies.
Marvel showed off its two new films for next year at San Diego Comic-Con late Saturday afternoon: "Ant-Man" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Fans had to wait until more than halfway through the panel for footage of the most anticipated movie of next summer, the "Avengers" sequel, but it was worth it.
Hollywood is hoping that Friday's opening of 'Men In Black 3' will kick off a lucrative summer at the box office, a season that got going early with the tremendous success of the superhero action film 'The Avengers.'
Summer is when Hollywood studios roll out their heavyweight contenders and look for knockouts. There are 41 movies set for wide release between May and August this year, and the overall box office is expected to exceed last year’s $4.3 billion.
The superhero film is the first blockbuster hit of the summer, but movie-inspired console games have a dubious track record."The Avengers" is the first blockbuster hit of the summer, with its muscular superhero roster of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk not only saving the world but conquering the box office, with nearly $1.4 billion in global ticket sales to date.
As summer films become more explosive and adventure oriented, motorcycles play a larger role. The bikes make good business for companies that build them and agencies that place them on the big screen.The superhero extravaganza "The Avengers"marks the first of many movies that will feature motorcycles racing onto the big screen this summer. Not only will Captain America helm a Harley-Davidsonin the big-budget Marvel movie, but one of the leads of "Men in Black" will time-travel to 1969 on board an "Easy Rider"-esque chopper.