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Paramount To Continue Distributing Marvel Studios' Films

Paramount Pictures will distribute Marvel Studios' next five self-produced feature films on a worldwide basis.

The deal, an extension of the original agreement made by Brad Grey when he arrived as CEO and Chairman of Paramount, includes theatrical distribution in foreign territories previously serviced by Marvel through local distribution entities (Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New Zealand). This new worldwide distribution pact capitalizes on Marvel and Paramount’s successful efforts with IRON MAN, which has grossed $574 million worldwide for Marvel.

The live action releases include IRON MAN 2 (May 7, 2010), THOR (July 16, 2010), THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA (May 6, 2011), and THE AVENGERS (July 15, 2011). The distribution agreement also includes IRON MAN 3.

IRON MAN 2 will be distributed in Germany by Telemunchen, pursuant to a previous agreement it had with Marvel

Marvel's IRON MAN, starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Jon Favreau, was distributed by Paramount earlier this year and was one of the top films of 2008. The DVD and Blu-ray will be released Tuesday.