Superhero Bits: Tons of Spider-Man, ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘The Avengers,’ Marvel Teases
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Power to the people Marc Webb, Martin Sheen and Andrew Garfield. We’ve got information on your movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, and so much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Want to know the latest buzz on the return of the Spider-Man musical? How real are the stunts, and lizard makeup, in The Amazing Spider-Man? Would you like to see some of the Easter eggs in Thor and possibly even Captain America: The First Avenger? New Avengers info? Green Lantern poster? And could an actor known as Superman be going over to Marvel? Raise a fist and find out about all of this and more in this edition of today’s Superhero Bits.
We’ll start with The Amazing Spider-Man. Some photos have come online that seem to show Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) slowly turning into a lizard. Maybe even THE Lizard? Check it out and decide for yourself.
That’s just the tip of the scale-covered iceberg. There are a lot more photos over on The Daily Mail and Splash News including Sally Field, Emma Stone and more. Or, just go to a site like Geek Tyrant that already has them all together.
Sticking with Spidey, Quint at Ain’t It Cool News has teased an interview he did with Vic Armstrong. Now, if you’re asking “Who?” that’s to be expected. Armstrong has appeared in some of the most famous movies of all time but you’ve never seen his face. He’s a stuntman who doubled Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies and now he’s both the stunt coordinator and second unit director on The Amazing Spider-Man. That’s a huge, important job, especially since Webb is doing so many practical effect like this.
Armstrong has a bunch to say about the film, but here are just a few samples. First, on the intensity of the real stunts:
When we did the last big of flying down in New York… We had fifty cars as he’d be flying above, swinging through as they’re driving up and down the road. Even the people in the cars who have seen it two or three times, you could see them looking out the windshields going “Whoooaaaa!”
Avi Arad, the producer of Spider-Man and he did all the other three Spider-Man (movies), he said “Oh my God, Vic. This is exactly what you said you guys were going to do!” My guys being myself and my brother Andy, who is the stunt coordinator with me. He said, “This is exactly what you said! It looks so different!”
When Spider-Man swings from one direction, then turns to swing another direction he’s pulling at 2 to 2 ½ Gs. That’s a lot of pressure on his body, but you see that on the body. You see the arms straightening out, you see the legs straightening out and then he pulls them back up as he then goes back up into his flying position.
And on the film’s classification:
It is a reboot. They don’t like to call it that, but it is a reboot. We went in at ground level and just changed everything; changed the actor, changed his approach to it and got some great, realistic modern parkour, skateboarding, flying… everything in it.
Head over to Ain’t It Cool for more from Armstrong and check back there soon for the full interview.
While Spider-Man is getting rebooted on the big screen, the same thing is happening on Broadway. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is set to come back from its self-imposed, $5 million hiatus today – in previews once again – and the New York Times has published an article that talks about many of the changes. Five flying sequences have been added, the comic book storyline has been bolstered, the Green Goblin survives into the second act, the spider goddess Arachne has been reigned in, basically a ton of things. Read all about it over on the New York Times and, once people actually see the show, we’ll certainly let you know how it is. Anything is better than the first incarnation. Which was god-awful.
Sticking in the Marvel Universe, it’s safe to say many of us saw Thor this week. And if not, The Daily BLAM has a breakdown of one of the film’s Easter Eggs. This could, kind of, be considered spoilerish.
When the Frost Giants, and later Loki, head into Odin’s weapons vault, looking for the Casket of Ancient Winters, the camera quickly pans past several important Marvel relics. While you can’t see them too clearly in the movie, especially in 3D, The Art of Thor book has photos of them and detailed descriptions. Here’s the scan of the page, as well as a few of the descriptions.
- Eternal Flame (top, left) – Mystical flame that cannot be extinguished. It was stolen from Surtur by Odin, Vili, and Ve Borson at the dawn of time so that Surtur could not light his sword and bring about Ragnarok.
- Infinity Gauntlet (right) – The Infinity Gauntlet was designed to hold six of the ‘soul gems’, better known as the Infinity Gems. When used in combination their already impressive powers made the wearer nearly invincible.
- Warlock’s Eye (bottom, center) – A powerful, mystical weapon used unsuccessfully against Odin, Thor and the Warriors Three during an invasion of Asgard.
As for the rest of the descriptions, and more, head to The Daily Blam.
Next up after Thor is Captain America: The First Avenger. And while we’ve seen a ton of images already, a French magazine called L’Ecran Fantastique features a brand new look at a Hydra solider. Thanks to SuperHero Hype for the heads up.
In a translation of the article over on Comic Book Movie, one of the film’s co-producers makes what is probably a mistake (or is it?) that The Avengers are as follows: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Um, really? It’s probably just a slip of the tongue but, interesting none the less. Could they cameo leading up to the Edgar Wright/Joe Cornish movie? Doubtful but anything is possible.
Speaking of The Avengers, more details on how S.H.I.E.L.D. plays into the film have popped up thanks to The Daily BLAM. They’ve got a source who has a bunch of information including these two samples which could be considered spoilers:
Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will finally get his time to shine while leading a S.H.I.E.L.D. force during the film’s penultimate battle scene.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will brandish plenty of “future tech” weaponry including a modified plasma sidearm and accompanying shoulder-fired rifle (more than likely to help with the PG-13 rating). Though it is unknown how much of a presence they will have, several cosmic artifacts will be reasoning behind the creation of these weapon systems.
Tom Welling is going to be a bridge from Marvel to DC both in this article and, maybe, in real life. The actor who has been playing Clark Kent on Smallville for the better part of a decade, has reportedly been taking meetings with Marvel. We don’t know for what, or if anything will come of it, but let the speculation run rampant. Thanks to What’s Playing for the scoop with a heads up from Bleeding Cool.
And, finally, Green Lantern is coming and so are the marketing materials. Check out Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond in this creepy new poster.
And that’s all the superhero news that’s fit to print for the moment.