Some pretty good news for all you folks out there.
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom, Inc. and Marvel Studios, a
subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. today announced an agreement
under which Paramount will distribute Marvel's next five self-produced
feature films on a worldwide basis. The deal, an extension of the
original agreement made by Brad Grey when he arrived as CEO and
Chairman of Paramount Pictures, includes theatrical distribution in
foreign territories previously serviced by Marvel through local
distribution entities (Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New
Zealand). The distribution pact capitalizes on Marvel and Paramount's
successful efforts with "Iron Man," which has grossed $574 million
worldwide for Marvel.
The highly anticipated
live action releases include "Iron Man 2" (May 7, 2010)*, "Thor" (July
16, 2010), "The First Avenger: Captain America" (May 6, 2011), and "The
Avengers" (July 15, 2011). The distribution agreement also includes
"Iron Man 3."
"Coming off of Iron Man's incredible success this summer, we could
not be more excited about extending our relationship with Marvel," said
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Marvel's iconic brand,
its popular characters and its proven ability to create compelling and
visually spellbinding films complement Paramount's great history of
filmmaking. We look forward to a long and successful run together."
is an excellent partner and an outstanding global distributor," said
David Maisel, Chairman of Marvel Studios. "Through our experience on
Iron Man, Paramount has demonstrated a passion and ability to release
Marvel properties theatrically, allowing us to focus on making great
movies for the largest audience possible."
Looks like there's going to be a lot of serious fun in the next few years. I just can't wait to see who they're going to cast as Captain America, or who's going to be in the Avengers.