Movie fans have been waiting for this weekend since May 2, 2008. That’s the day Jon Favreau’s Iron Man was released and, after the credits, Samuel L. Jackson showed up as Nick Fury, asking Tony Stark about The Avengers. Four movies of set up and introduction later, The Avengers is finally out on Friday. It’s the culmination of four year’s worth of intricate layering by all the people who made the Iron Man films, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Just how intricate are we talking? We won’t get into major spoilers for The Avengers just yet but it’s not a spoiler that the Cosmic Cube, referred to as the Tesseract, is the centerpiece of the movie. While most of us believe it first appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger as the object of the Red Skull’s desires, it actually first appeared in Iron Man 2 as Tony Stark flipped through his father’s journal. His father, of course, was a major character in Captain America, which took place before Iron Man 2 even though Iron Man 2 was released first. Make sense? It will when you click below. Read More »

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One of the most heart-wrenching moments in last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger came near the end, when (SPOILER ALERT, obviously) Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) promises Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a date that he fails to make because he sacrifices himself to save the world. When he wakes up in 2012, their scheduled appointment, of course, has long since passed. But according to director Joss Whedon, the pair almost had a better-late-than-never reunion in The Avengers. More after the jump.

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Sure, you could probably enjoy Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers without knowing the first thing about Thor’s mythological hammer or Captain America’s doomed ’40s romance. But even casual comic book movie fans know the payoff will be all the sweeter if you’ve been with the Marvel Studios mega-saga since Nick Fury first approached Tony Stark in 2008′s Iron Man.

In an effort to help you relive the journey — or fill the gaps in your superhero education if you missed the films the first time — 25 Cinemark locations across the country will be hosting an all-day Avengers movie marathon starting on Thursday, May 3 and wrapping up with a midnight showing of The Avengers. Hit the jump for more details.

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When and where will Thor 2 be shooting? What would a scrapped Superman video game have looked like? Was Heath Ledger posessed on the set of The Dark Knight? Where can you play an official Avengers video game? Does Tom Hardy think his life will change after The Dark Knight Rises? Has Marvel started advertising The Avengers? Want to read some of Mark Millar‘s Supercrooks? Is The League of Shadows in The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The process of doling out Oscars is a lot more transparent in some than in others. While the core categories like Best Picture, and writing, directing and acting are all the subject of great speculation for months before the nominations are even announced, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is much more open about what specific films are in contention for some technical awards.

For instance, there is the Visual Effects Oscar, for which the Academy today announced that ten films are in the running. They include most of the options one might expect, from Hugo to Mission: Impossible to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The full list is below. Read More »

Is the classic Batman story The Killing Joke becoming the subject of a new meme? What secondary Batman character deserves his own Batman: Arkham City side quest? Which 9 movie supervillains have the best costumes of all time? Want to see two more Blu-ray extras from Captain America: The First Avenger? Speaking of Captain America, what’s he doing in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man? Do The Dark Knight Rises and Batman: Arkham City have a secret link? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to rewatch the best part of Green Lantern? What kind of reviews is Batman: Arkham City getting from game critics? Can the screenwriter of Sin City 2 give any updates about the movie? How does Attack the Block fit into New York Comic Con? Is there an update on real life superhero Phoenix Jones? Are you excited to see more features from the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to read a slew of positive, negative and funny reactions to The Avengers trailer? What’s the latest costume worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel? Is the latest set video to be release from The Dark Knight Rises the best one yet? Could Catwoman kick any more ass in Batman: Year One? Which HBO star was just cast in The The Dark Knight Rises? How does The Amazing Spider-Man look in toy form? Does The Avengers fit into the Joss Whedonverse? And what DC superheros are ready for their Lego close up? Read all of this and much more in today’s massive 100th edition of Superhero Bits! Read More »

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