In June 2011, Marvel invited a handfull of journalists to the set of The Avengers. /Film was lucky to be a part of this amazing 2-day visit to Albuquerque Studios. Over the next week we’ll be publishing transcripts of our full roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of the production. Later today you’ll find interviews with the creative team, writer/director Joss Whedon and producer/Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.
After the jump you’ll find both parts of the video blogs I recorded with Steve from Collider chatting about the visit. This is where you can hear about our experiences on set with more of an opinionated spin. We have a set of 8 behind the scenes photos from production, four of which is exclusive to our visit. And finally, you’ll find a list of interesting bits that I learned on the trip — over 60 in all. They range from the script, to why Avengers didn’t shoot in 3D, to where this ties in with the previous stories, and even some updates on future Marvel movie and television productions.
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For the past week, Marvel had been pimping a live, Twitter chat featuring Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson regarding The Avengers. We’ll it’s now over and it was very uneventful. The two biggest revelations were Whedon confirmed there’s not a Spider-Man cameo in the Disney movie and Samuel L. Jackson teased an upcoming Nick Fury film. Oh, and then they showed a 10-second tease of the 30-second Avengers Super Bowl commerical featuring our first glimpse at the film’s villains. That was cool.
At the same time, Disney/Marvel officially announced that The Avengers will be released in IMAX 3D on May 4
After the jump, read a selection of the best question and answers from the chat, watch the commercial and read the press release. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
For most filmmakers, writing and directing a high-profile, big-budget would-be blockbuster with a slew of beloved celebs playing iconic characters would provide more than enough stress and excitement to keep them occupied for quite some time. But apparently, Avengers helmer Joss Whedon somehow still had energy left to burn — so much so that he’s managed to squeeze in a whole other secret indie project even as he’s still working on his other, bigger movie.
Sunday night saw the reveal of a website announcing the end of principal photography for Much Ado About Nothing, a mysterious new film starring Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher among others. More details after the jump.
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Marvel has kicked off a practice of expanding the cinematic Marvel Universe, ever so slightly, with two shorts featuring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. The first, The Consultant, appeared on the blu-ray disc for Thor, and the second, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, hits soon on the Captain America: The First Avenger blu-ray and DVD on October 25. If you hit the jump, however, you can watch the second short right now. Read More »
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I know: a clip from a short isn’t the most satisfying thing in the world. But what the hell, it’s a slowish news day as the industry bogs down in the middle of TIFF and the end of the big fall festival season. This short, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, which bridges Marvel Studios films Iron Man 2 and Thor, looks a bit more cheeky, too, than the previous one, The Consultant. It’s not quite where I’d like to see Marvel going with their shorts, but as a start I’ll accept the concept of providing not-quite-essential connective tissue between films. That’s a time-honored comic book fill-in story idea, anyway — sort of the comics version of TV’s ‘bottle episode’ concept.
So spend a few seconds with Clark Gregg as SHIELD Agent Coulson after the break, as he makes his way to New Mexico to find the hammer of Thor. Read More »