Audiences might not know where we go from here but there’s one undeniable truth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase One is complete. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger lead to The Avengers. And with that billion dollar hit coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 25, Amazon has revealed that a six movie, ten-disc collection called Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled. The set will close the door on this chapter, open the door to a new one and ┬áinclude all of the above movies and more in an awesome collectible case. Read the full specs and see a teaser image below. Read More »

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In the past we’ve featured an infographic — almost a too-detailed one — that shows the timeline of events in Marvel movies. Now the company has issued an official timeline, and at the very least it is easier to read. What might be interesting to some more casual fans who haven’t thought as much about the precise timeline of the convergent story paths is this: a great many of the events in various Marvel films take place in the span of one week.

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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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How long is Robert Downey, Jr. willing to play Iron Man? He’s going to be in the armor for at least four films, once the three Iron Man movies and The Avengers are tallied, and perhaps Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige can come to a deal for Downey to appear, in some measure, in The Avengers 2. Downey was a key part of kickstarting Marvel’s current film run. He helped legitimize the company’s approach starting with Iron Man, but he isn’t contracted to be Tony Stark forever, and at some point he’s going to want to move on.

So what does Marvel do at that point? Asked about the future of Iron Man, Feige said that the company will probably treat the character in the same way MGM and EON Productions used to deal with James Bond: they’ll get a new actor and move on. Read More »

Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.

As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.

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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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Does your summer vacation start early, or do you want to burn a personal day just as summer gets rolling? Then pencil Thursday, May 3 on your calendar, which is when AMC Theaters will run the Ultimate Marvel Marathon. For forty bucks (that’s $40) you’ll get to see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America (the latter two in 3D) followed by a midnight screening of The Avengers, also in 3D. Read More »

It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »

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