Marvel announces Thor release date, Iron Man 2 start

Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie will hit theaters on July 16, 2010, while Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 will begin principal photography in early April, Marvel announced Tuesday.

Branagh is set to direct Marvel Studios' Thor, which Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide, based on the classic comic superhero.

Iron Man 2 will bring back stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow and add new cast member Don Cheadle.

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