Newsarama is reporting that Lionsgate Films and Marvel Studios have signed an interim deal with the Writers' Guild of America, similar to the ones made with United Artists, The Weinstein Co., and Worlwide Pants. This is significant because it will allow Lionsgate to continue to churn out "Saw" sequels while the strike continues, though one wonders if those movies even really need a script at this point. It also means that work can be resumed immediately on the various films based on Marvel characters that are slated for production, which include Ant-Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers. It also continues the long trend of Marvel actually making movies while Warner Brothers allows its DC related film projects to fall apart. I wouldn't be surprised if we actually see The Avengers movie hit theaters before the JLA. Hell, there'll probably be a Cloak & Dagger movie before there's another Superman movie.
I'm especially excited about Ant-Man. Nothing says action like a guy who can shrink down to the size of a bug. Do you think it will affect ticket sales when people learn that the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, beat his wife? Thor's going to be a tough one. A Norse god who speaks like he just stepped out of a bad Shakespeare production might be a hard sell. And I'm not sure when they plan for the Captain America movie to come out, but I have a hunch it will be around the same time Marvel resurrects Steve Rogers in the comics. (As an aside, I actually really want to see a Captain America movie, so if they screw that up, I will be crushed.)
Maybe it would be better if they waited to see if the Iron Man and Incredible Hulk movies are actually any good before they rush this stuff into production.