Not content to rest on their laurels - or rather more to take advantage of the huge success the movie has seen its first weekend - Marvel Entertainment has already scheduled a release date for the sequel to Iron Man.
buried deep within Marvel Entertainment's quarterly report (OK, really it was on page 2) was the news that "Iron Man 2" was already in the works and that several other films are being gearing up for a 2010 release:
Marvel today updated its feature film slate strategy and plans for the next three years, locking in key release windows for its character franchises. In order to focus its attention on maximizing the success of an Iron Man sequel and the launch of Thor in the summer of 2010 and because Marvel believes that the summer is the optimal time to launch a new property, the Company will not release a self produced film in 2009. Marvel plans to launch its 2010 film slate with the release of the sequel, Iron Man 2, on April 30, 2010, followed by the launch of Thor on June 4, 2010. Additionally, Marvel is planting its feature film stakes for summer 2011 with an Avengers-themed summer – a two-picture project which will debut on May 6, 2011 with The First Avenger: Captain America (working title), followed by The Avengers in July 2011.
Read the full press release here. (link goes to a PDF)
Expect this information to be blitzing across the press shortly.