Thanks in a large part to this past weekend’s The Avengers, we’ve got a ton of superhero-related odds and ends for you today. After the jump:
- Kick-Ass illustrator claims sequel will shoot this summer
- Scarlett Johansson really wants a Black Widow spinoff
- Joss Whedon isn’t ready to think about Avengers 2 yet
- Captain America 2 will be closely linked to Avengers
- Ben Kingsley is still developing his Iron Man 3 character
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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 »
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 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 Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems that Iron Man 3 won’t feature quite the redhead trio we expected, as Jessica Chastain and Gwyneth Paltrow won’t be joined by Scarlett Johansson after all. Also after the jump:
- Muppets 2 gets some very early marketing art
- Chris Pine says Star Trek 2 has action, character development
- Scary Movie 5 finds a director in Malcolm Lee
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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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In June 2011, Marvel invited a handfull of journalists to the set of The Avengers. /Film was a part of this amazing visit to Albuquerque Studios (which you can read about here). While on set we participated in round table interviews with the cast and crew of the film. After the jump you will be able to read our interview with Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, who play Hawkeye and Black Widow in The Avengers.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Not so long ago we saw a Black Widow-themed spot for The Avengers that featured part of an action scene in which the character (Scarlett Johansson) takes down a few goons while tied to a chair.
Now we’ve got most of the scene, in the first clip released from the film. The sequence shows off not only Natasha Romanoff’s martial skills, but her ability to handle a phone while putting those skills into action. Check it out below. Read More »