Thanks in a large part to this past weekend’s The Avengers, we’ve got a ton of superhero-related odds and ends for you today. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass illustrator claims sequel will shoot this summer
  • Scarlett Johansson really wants a Black Widow spinoff
  • Joss Whedon isn’t ready to think about Avengers 2 yet
  • Captain America 2 will be closely linked to Avengers
  • Ben Kingsley is still developing his Iron Man 3 character

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Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have teamed with Los Angeles’ pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 to produce an Avengers themed art show (sponsored by Visa).

After the jump you’ll find many photos taken by /Film photographer Alyssa Saucedo at an exclusive preview reception. I have included photos of my ten favorite pieces — I didn’t want to post too much because you’ll want to see a lot of these pieces for yourself when the show officially opens. We also have some shots of the “street” art painted on the gallery walls, a few crowd shots, including some photos of Avengers director Joss Whedon and star Clark Gregg admiring the artwork (see above).

And we also have some photos of the awesome Avengers-themed cupcakes created by The Cake Mamas (the 2012 winners of Cupcake Wars). I took a brief lapse from my diet to have half of the Thor cupcake and it was pure heaven.

There is so much great and unexpected art at this show, a lot of affordable prints and some really really cool originals priced in the hundreds. I almost bought Joebot‘s awesome Avengers record adaptation but one of the Marvel producers got to it first (and by almost bought it, I really mean that I debated about buying the piece before deciding it was more money than I could afford, and after I saw it sell, quickly changed my story to “someone bought it before I could”). One piece which I love is Fernando Reza of Fro Design Co‘s “Avengers Assemble” poster, which almost feels like something Olly Moss would have created — some really clever work connecting the characters through minimalism. Give it a long look or else you might miss many of the details.

I was invited to an early preview, but the show will be open to the public beginning on Thursday, May 3rd from 7-10pm for a grand opening reception, and will run through May 6th, 2012. This is the first show at Gallery 1988′s newest location at 7021 Melrose Ave, just across the street from their original space next to Golden Apple Comics. If you’re in Southern California, I strongly urge you to check it out.

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If you’ve been avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises, you can come out from under your rock now. Principal photography has been completed so no more set photos will be revealed. One cast member has put up a celebratory photo, though. Who is it? Also, what does Michael Shannon say General Zod won’t look like in Man of Steel? What are five reasons Sony hasn’t been pushing The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Want to know what a Black Widow spin-off movie would have been about and why it didn’t get made? Read about all of this and more in today’s spoiler free Superhero Bits. Read More »

Between Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and X-Men: First Class, the upcoming season is already looking like the summer of Marvel. And between Spider-Man and The Avengers, next summer is looking pretty Marvel-heavy as well. But what of 2013 and beyond? What’s Marvel got planned beyond Iron Man 3?

Marvel Films co-chief Kevin Feige hinted in a recent interview at a few things that might be officially announced later in the summer. The juiciest bit of info? Marvel is seriously considering standalone features for Black Widow and Hawkeye (the characters played by Scarlett Johansson and the suddenly ubiquitous Jeremy Renner in the upcoming The Avengers film). Intriguing! Read more after the jump.

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VOTD: Patrick Boivin’s Black Widow Gone Wild

We’ve featured a bunch of Patrick Boivin’s videos in past editions of Video of the Day, including AT-AT Day Afternoon, a Batman vs. Hellboy movie trailer mash-up, Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, Bumblebee’s stop-motion animated dance and Boba Fett’s stop-motion Mandalorian Dance. The French Canadian director has just released his newest creation, a stop-motion animated action figure short titled “Black Widow Gone Wild.” The short takes an action figure of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and pits her against some of movies biggest stars, Whiplash, the t1000, Rocky, Michael Jackson, Superman, Batman, Jack Bauer, Predator and Spider-Man. And what if Black Widow was War Machine? Watch the short embedded after the jump.

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Several months back, somebody asked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige if Iron Man 2 side character and The Avengers team member Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) would be getting her own solo outing, to which he replied that it was “definitely possible”. While more revelatory than a flat “no”, that response doesn’t mean much in the world of Hollywood. When it comes to a potentially bankable property, a studio isn’t likely to outright write off an opportunity to take advantage of it.

In the case of a Black Widow movie though, there may have been more truth to Feige’s words than previously suspected. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »

Fan Created: Early Look At The Avengers

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With concept art of Thor and Captain America‘s costume having been leaked online this week, /Film reader Randolph decided to put together an updated early preview of what The Avengers might look like. Check it out, after the jump.

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We always love running well crafted fan made movie trailers and posters. The best of the bunch was probably that Green Lantern movie trailer featuring Nathan Fillion from last year. The newest fan edited trailer to hit the web is for Marve’s Thor. But while admiring that trailer, I noticed that the YouTube user, who goes under the name EditNinja, has created quite a lot of trailers for comic properties.

Films include: Thor, Wonder Woman (starring Angelina Jolie), Spider-Man 6 (A Bourne-style take starring Julia Stiles), Spider-Man (A bubblegum pop reboot from Disney), Black Widow (Starring Scarlett Johansson), Marvel 1910 (HBO Television series opening), and The First Avenger: Captain America (starring Chris Pine and Hugo Weaving). Not all of them are amazing, but I thought I’d highlight a few of his trailer edits that I enjoyed watching. Watch them now, after the jump.

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