Agent Coulson’s fate in Marvel’s The Avengers was the emotional center of the movie. It was also a huge disappointment. The event certainly helped motivate the team to assemble and save the world, but it also meant we probably wouldn’t see Clark Gregg‘s fantastic character again.
Of course, that changed last year when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed Gregg would reprise the role in the ABC pilot Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., co-written and directed by Joss Whedon. But exactly how was that going to work? Did Thor use some Asgardian magic? Did Tony Stark create a special arc reactor? Did Bruce Banner blast him with gamma radiation? None of the above. A source has revealed to /Film how Whedon and company plan to bring the character back for the ABC show and you can read it below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Though ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. will consist mostly of new characters, we can expect some familiar faces to help guide us through that new corner of the Marvel universe. Back in October, Clark Gregg, who played Agent Coulson in the movies, was confirmed to be returning (though it remains to be seen just how he’ll fit in). Now it he may be joined by his Avengers co-star Cobie Smulders as well. While the How I Met Your Mother actress isn’t locked in just yet, she acknowledged in a recent interview that there have been “definite talks” about reprising her role. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Briefly: This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but along with the news that Frank Grillo will be Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and the previously annoucned news that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow would appear), Variety reports Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will reprise their roles at Nick Fury and Maria Hill in Cap’s second solo adventure.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier also stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and is set for release April 4, 2014. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Nicholas Sparks drama is practically a subgenre unto itself at this point, with its own set of tropes and traditions. Lasse Hallström‘s Safe Haven sticks mostly with the formula, featuring a blandly attractive pair (Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough as Alex and Katie),a picturesque waterside setting, and of course, a grand, swooning romance threatened by a big, tragic secret.
But Safe Haven veers slightly by introducing what appears to be a thriller element to the tale. Katie’s clearly on the run from something, though the trailer tries not to give away just what she’s hiding from. Also, no one seems to be dying of cancer, or really even sick at all. That counts as a change of pace, right? Unless that’s what Sparks wants us to think, and that’s the big twist… In any case, watch the video after the jump.
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Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers became one of the biggest releases ever, in part because it is an upbeat adventure that keeps a positive tone even as it features some pretty serious conflict. The film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD next month, and Marvel isn’t letting anyone forget that. The latest reminder of the imminent disc release is a deleted alternate opening for the film.
In this version, The Avengers would have opened with a high, slow, Nolan-esque cruise over a battered Manhattan in the wake of the film’s climactic battle. The bulk of the sequence sets up a flashback structure as it features Cobie Smulders as SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, speaking during a post-battle debriefing. “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened,” she wonders, bitterly.
Check out the scene below, which also features a really great shot of Chris Evans as Captain America. Read More »
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The event Marvel Studios has been working towards for many years is here: the studio has released The Avengers, in which the various stars of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk unite in the sort of super-team movie that once would have existed only as a fan pipe dream. Well, most of the various stars of those films, as Mark Ruffalo steps in as Bruce Banner and the Hulk, but otherwise we’ve got the roster that Marvel has been building over the past few summers: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, and relative newcomers Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders.
Joss Whedon got the job rewriting and directing the film and, I think, managed a neat balance of character and action. Every member of the team gets their due, and the conflict that brews between the rougly-formed team of Avengers and Asgardian trickster Loki culminates in a giant battle sequence that occupies most of the film’s final act. But Whedon & Co. keep the action lively and the staging uncluttered enough that we can see what these heroes are doing as they repel an alien force.
So now that you’ve had a chance to see The Avengers, what did you think? Chime in through the comment section below where, as always for these pieces, spoilers are totally acceptable. Read More »
With Joss Whedon‘s Marvel movie mashup, The Avengers, the superhero movie finally lives up to its paper and ink counter part. In comic books, crossover events are common. Superheroes appear alongside other superheros all the time but, with a minor exception here and there, that tried and true comic book staple never made it to the big screen. In a fantasy-based world, the superhero team up film has long been the pinnacle of “what if?”
The Avengers not only makes that fanboy fantasy a reality, the high-octane superhero extravaganza delivers on almost every level with well-rounded characters, plenty of humor and jaw-dropping action. A few things do get left out in the wake of all that excitement but odds are you won’t really care. The Avengers is as fun as movies come and fans who’ve been waiting for a superhero team up on the big screen will leave the theater satisfied.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
No one could accuse Marvel of being shy about showing off the goods. As the May 4 release of The Avengers approaches, the studio’s been dropping clips on a regular basis, and we’ve got two more for you right here. The first one sees Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) exchanging very angry words with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), while the second sees Loki’s beloved brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) engaged in a no-holds-barred fight against each other. Watch them after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Although she’s long been a fan favorite on How I Met Your Mother, Cobie Smulders isn’t too well known outside of her involvement on the hit CBS comedy. That’s all about to change next month, however, when Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers hits. In her highest-profile movie gig yet, Smulders plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, who works with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). For obvious reasons, most of the footage we’ve seen so far has focused on the titular superhero team, but a newly released clip offers some insight into the working relationship between Hill and Fury. Watch it after the jump.
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