Marvel confirms 3-D for “Thor,” “Captain America”

By Sean O’Connell Remember the other day when we questioned the longevity of the 3-D craze, citing a story that Zack Snyder seemed to be leaning away from a post-production conversion for his upcoming “Sucker Punch” flick? Well, today’s announcement by Marvel Studios puts the 3-D train right back on track.

It seems that next summer’s blockbuster comic-book adaptations of “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” will be released in 3-D, according to the L.A. Times. This is only surprising because Marvel avoided the technology on “Iron Man 2,” which could have boosted its box office cume with a 3-D conversion … but might have attracted fanboy scorn if the end result was muddy (like “The Last Airbender”) or headache-inducing (like “Clash of the Titans”).

“We came to feel that in our case 3-D could be the very good friend of story and character for a different kind of experience,” said “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh to the Hero Worship blog. He’ll reportedly make a similar case to fans at Comic-Con.

But “Thor” is finished filming, so this will be a post-production conversion, right? That’s not a good sign. At least “Captain America” director Joe Johnston has the advantage of shooting with 3-D cameras. (Though Drew McWeeny at Hitfix writes that Johnston tested the 3-D rigs and hated the process … interesting.)

News on these anticipated titles continues to break as Comic-Con nears. We’ll bring you what we know, so keep reading.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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