Marvel Reveals 'Iron Man 3' and 'Thor 2' Plots

Iron Man Thor Split - H 2012
<p>Iron Man Thor Split - H 2012</p>
The next two chapters in the "Avengers" saga will hit theaters in 2013.

"Avengers, Disassemble!"

Having finally learned the value of subverting their egos and pulling together for the team (thanks, Agent Coulson, and RIP) just in time to save the earth from Loki and Thanos' evil plot, the members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes just ask quickly split up, to protect the planet from further attacks and deposit more gold in Disney-Marvel's coffers.

Production on part two of the film monolith's audacious multi-episode superhero series has been underway since this summer, and the first details of their adventures are now available to the worshipping public.

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The first of the new waves of outings will come in Iron Man 3, the latest chapter in the super saga that started the entire Disney-Marvel universe. Slated for a May 3, 2013 release, it will once again feature Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, but this one will be directed by Shane Black, who worked with Downey on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The next film will be the second in the Chris Hemsworth-starring Thor series, which will be titled Thor: The Dark World, hits theaters in just a little over a year, Nov. 8, 2013. That one will be helmed by Alan Taylor.

Joss Whedon, the co-writer/director of Avengers, just recently signed a multi-year deal with the studio and will pen/direct the Avengers sequel, as well as help with the launching of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

Find the synopses for the two films below:

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.