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 »
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This is a weekend we’ve been thinking about for quite some time. The Avengers have finally assembled.
I’ve seen the movie and I can assure you that, yes, it is tremendous fun. One of the key reasons for this is the casting – it’s just terrific. Everyone plays off one another so nicely and there is no weak link.
To celebrate Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and those they share the stage with) this week’s TBMYPHS is dedicated to the members of this amazing team up, and the work they did before getting their action figure on. Read More »
With The Avengers opening in the US in a couple of days and doing really well in other countries over the past week, the cast and creators of the film are out in full promotional force. Given Marvel’s long-range plans for films continuing the stories of Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, and other characters, that is naturally leading to a lot of questions about possible sequels for those and other Marvel heroes.
So, after the break you’ll find:
- Mark Ruffalo talks about his Marvel contract, and the potential for more Hulk
- Chris Hemsworth wouldn’t mind getting a little Game of Thrones in his Thor 2
- New inspiration is teased for futher Captain America adventures
- Black Widow will likely do more time as a supporting player
- Kevin Feige talks up other potential upcoming Marvel films and characters.
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Want to learn all about the inner workings of the webshooters in The Amazing Spider-Man? When does Kevin Feige think Black Widow will return to the Marvel universe? Have people broken down the latest Dark Knight Rises trailer? How does Thor return to Earth in The Avengers? Which stars are providing their voices to the DC themed Robot Chicken episode? Has someone created a Marvel Universe drinking game? And will Mark Ruffalo reveal the details of a deleted scene from The Avengers? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. 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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One of the wildcard films of 2012 is Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans).
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco play The Four Horsemen, a group of illusionists that perform big business heists even as they’re on stage doing their magic act. Hot on their heels is FBI agent Mark Ruffalo and an Interpol agent played by Melanie Laurent. The film also features Common, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. That cast, combined with the premise, has locked my interest in the film.
The first video look at the project is now available in the form of a set visit report from Entertainment Tonight. Check that out below. Read More »
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The news that Joss Whedon and his Avengers cast were shooting one more scene last week, following the film’s premiere, was pure speculation porn. We all started to imagine what Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans could possibly be filming, especially after having seen the movie complete with a credits tease already intact.
Once the info was out there, seemingly every interview with the stars or filmmakers asked about the scene, which was officially shot, and some outlets even got answers. After the jump, you can see Evans, Hemsworth, Downey Jr. and Ruffalo joke about it and then we’ll add some educated speculation to the conversation. Read More »