Directed by Oscar Award winner Kenneth Brannagh, Thor is the story of, well, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). A Norse God cast to Earth for his arrogance and reckless reignition of an ages-old war by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). On Earth, aided by Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) he seeks to reclaim his hammer Mjolnir, and with it his godly powers. Meanwhile, back home in Asgard his treacherous half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots something sinister in Thor's absence.
It's already out in Australia and releases May 6th in the US.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Directed by Joe Johnson (The Rocketeer) and set in the midst of World War 2, it follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a scrawny underweight patriot whose only dream is to serve in the army, despite constant rejection from service. A group of military generals and scientists (Including Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark) accept him in an experimental program known as Project: Rebirth. Using a cocktail of chemicals and technology he is transformed into the world's first super-soldier but a Nazi assassin's attack on the head scientist makes him the first and last of his kind. Shipped overseas, he is used as a symbol against the Nazi forces such as the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), head of the Reich's occult and superscience division: HYDRA.
It comes out July 27th.
(Poster is fan-made)
Uniting threads and characters from Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, the Avengers will form the team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes for the first time. All of the actors (minus Ed Norton, who has been replaced by Mark Ruffalo) return as their respective heroes, this time joined by Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johanssen as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
It releases May 4th, 2012.
HEY THESE GUYS ARE COOL, THEY'RE IN COMICS RIGHT?
Yes they are! Quite a few good ones, actually! Here are some recommendations! Adding in Hulk and Iron Man for good measure.
Captain America: Winter Soldier Volumes 1 and 2 by Ed Brubaker (Start here)
Captain America: Man Out of Time by Mark Waid
Captain America: Red, White and Blue by Mark Waid, Bruce Timm, Howard Chaykin and others
Captain America: American Nightmare by Mark Waid and Kurt Busiek
Captain America: The Bloodstone Hunt by Mark Gruenwald
Captain America: Operation Rebirth by Mark Waid
Ultimate Comics Captain America by Jason Aaron
Thor by J. Michael Straczynski, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (Start here)
Thor: Latverian Prometheus by Keiron Gillen
Thor: Ages of Thunder by Matt Fraction
Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus
Thor: The Mighty Avenger Volumes 1 and 2 by Roger Langridge
Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers by Robert Rodi
Ultimate Comics Thor by Jonathan Hickman
Avengers Assemble Volumes 1-5 by Kurt Busiek (Start here)
Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes by Joe Casey
Avengers Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers Prime by Brian Michael Bendis
JLA/Avengers by Kurt Busiek
Avengers: The Kree/Skrull War by Roy Thomas
Avengers: Operation Galactic Storm Volumes 1 and 2.
Ultimates 1 and 2 by Mark Millar
Planet Hulk by Greg Pak(Start here)
Incredible Hulk Visionairies - Peter David Volumes 1-7
Hulk Gray by Jeph Loeb
Incredible Hulk: Tempest Fugit by Peter David
Red Hulk: Scorched Earth by Jeff Parker
Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine by David Lindelof
Ultimate Hulk vs. Iron Man: Ultimate Human by Warren Ellis
Iron Man Extremis by Warren Ellis (Start here)
Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares by Matt Fraction
Iron Man: Armor Wars by Bob Layton
Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle by Bob Layton
Iron Man Legacy by Fred Van Lente
Iron Man: Hypervelocity by Adam Warren
Ultimate Comics Iron Man: Armor Wars by Warren Ellis
There are also video games coming out for Thor and Captain America. They do not look very good.
I do not think The Avengers is not under Marvel's contract with Sega so maybe it will get a good video game adaptation.
There is an ARG type thingie for Thor where you can join S.H.I.E.L.D.
The second game is godawful, but hey you can win tickets to Thor or an iPad.