Marvel Confirms <i>Thor</i> And <i>Captain America</i> Will Be 3-D

Marvel has confirmed that Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will be in 3-D -- firsts for the studio. Both films use 2-D for principal photography, but utilize 3-D special effects.

In addition, Marvel has provided Hero Complex with the first official look at Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, plus Chris Hemsworth's Thor gripping the hammer Mjolnir.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige assured that "an unprecedented amount of time" will be devoted to the 3-D conversion process.

"In being able to think in 3-D from the start -- and having every bit of our special effects rendered in true 3-D -- we have the opportunity to do it right," he told the Los Angeles Times. "When you're working with a director like Ken Branagh or Joe Johnston, they're not going to settle for less than perfect image. They're not going to settle for something that isn't up to the artistry of everything else they've done on the film ... they're not going to put on some overlay in the last 10 to 12 weeks of post-production for a fiscal reason."

The Times also speaks with Branagh and Johnston about the 3-D process. "I think it tends to be overused and can be a little bit gimmicky," Johnston said. "A lot of people are using 3-D now because they feel have they have to ... that will come and go and the pictures that deserve to be in 3-D will continue to be. When it's done bad, it can make you carsick."

Marvel will bring Thor and Captain America to Comic-Con International on July 24, when the studio is expected to officially announce Joss Whedon as director of The Avengers and introduce that film's full cast (including the "name actor" who will replace Edward Norton as Bruce Banner).

Thor opens on May 6, 2011, followed by Captain America on July 22.

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