The optimistic side of me takes this news to mean that Marvel Studios executives have seen the two films, found them to be amazing, and don't care about box office gross because the world MUST see this art. The realistic side is just raising an eyebrow, however, at the news that Marvel has confirmed sequels for both Thor and Captain America well before the films' releases. (Unless you live in Australia. Then it's only one day premature for Thor.) And not only that: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has big plans for the future:
will go off into a new adventure, and will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — , , and the spy organization, . —all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we've got a lot of other characters we're prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, , and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.
Considering this news, the reinvigoration of the Spider-Man franchise, the reinvigoration of the Superman franchise, the two supposed Avengers sequels, and the new X-Men movies, it is official: you and your children and your children's children will be drowning in superhero flicks, nigh unto that day when the sun goes dark and we freeze to death in our Snuggies.
Just kidding! The sun will definitely burn up the earth first. But you'll get to watch Thor 204: Return to Thor Island while it happens.