Just days afterMarvel announced that they had pushed back the release of Thor to 2011 and The Avengers to 2012, Paramount announces an official July 1st, 2011 release date for Michael Bay's Transformers 3. However, the studio is not confirming that Bay will be back or that this is even an indication that they're moving forward on a sequel (even though we know that this totally is a good indication). The first Transformers hit theaters on July 3rd of 2007, and the sequel is set to arrive this summer on June 24th. Paramount and Michael Bay are obviously keeping everything on a tight-knit two year schedule.

It looks like 2011 is shaping up to be quite an exciting year. Spider-Man 4 is scheduled for May 6th, Thor is scheduled for May 20th, Kung Fu Panda 2 is scheduled for June 3rd, Cars 2 is scheduled for June 24th, the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is schedule for July 15th, and Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled for July 22nd. We might also see Disney add Pirates of the Caribbean 4, or The Lone Ranger, to the schedule depending on which of those two moves forward first. You can expect to hear a lot more about Transformers 3 as we head into the summer movie season.