I hate to follow up all of my festival coverage with a trailer, but hopefully you’ll permit me a short breather while I get back to my normal writing rhythm.

In amongst my wonderful week of nonfiction, I did get a chance to work in IRON MAN 3 (the review should be up tomorrow or Wednesday). Seeing the massive box office success surrounding it got me thinking about what we might be in store for over the next two years. Barring unforeseen events, it stands to reason that AVENGERS 2 will be a huge hit in 2015…but we have a few pitstops to make before we get there…namely THOR 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

These pitstops are what leave me curious, because they play in the corner of the sandbox that audiences haven’t enjoyed playing in. Both THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA made significantly less money than AVENGERS or any of the Tony Stark stories. Does this mean that audiences are less inclined to watch these characters in stories all their own? Or is it possible that they were suffering from ‘superhero fatigue’ when both films dropped in the summer of 2011?

What say you folks? What are your thoughts on the looks of THOR: THE DARK WORLD…and the future of Marvel’s stand-alone films?