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When aliens invade New York and a team of superheroes comes out of nowhere to defeat them, the world is going change quite a bit. This global fallout to events in Marvel’s The Avengers has been referenced in Iron Man 3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even the trailer to Thor: The Dark World. The film after that, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will certainly deal with a similar landscape too, especially since it features S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency at the center of The Avengers.

But where do all these films fall on the timeline? Iron Man 3 takes places six months after The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World is rumored to take place about year after and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely somewhere in between (Extremis baddies, anyone?). That leaves The Winter Soldier and, according to co-star Scarlett Johansson, the film takes place two years after The Avengers, suggesting much more will have change after Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Read More »

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Want to see the honest trailer for Iron Man 3? What’s the latest comic book-centric social controversy? How does Jennifer Lawrence describe her development in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Which comedian wants to be the bad guy in Ant-Man? Did James Gunn film a battle scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Thursday? Want to see the trailer for the Thor: The Dark World video game? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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If you were hoping to see more of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, better buy tickets for repeat showings of Thor: The Dark World, because the character won’t be in The Avengers 2, aka Avengers: Age of Ultron. That might be implied by the title, which says that we’ll have a new nemesis for the Marvel Studios heroes to fight. And Joss Whedon has said there’s no real room for Loki in the team sequel.

But just in case you wanted an extra confirmation that the Marvel Universe is moving on to bigger, badder enemies, Hiddleston speaks up about Loki’s future, after the break.  Read More »

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A lot of you know quite a bit about film, but I bet the video below features a few details that will be new to all but the most technically-aware readers.

The site filmmakerIQ.com has put together a great video that explains the origins of film compositing as used in special effects. It begins with the short in which Georges Melies tore his own head off three times in a row to present audiences with himself surrounded by three talking heads. The explanation moves from there to the early blue screen process, and then to the means used by Disney to make the compositing in films like Mary Poppins look amazingly good. (Do you know the name Petro Vlahos? After this, you will.)

This video explains the intricate technical hurdles that made blue-screen compositing so time-consuming, and does a great job explaining the shift to green-screen use and digital. It’s a great video that breaks down a complex process to easily understandable bits. Read More »

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Yesterday Joss Whedon introduced a short video at San Diego Comic Con that announced the full title for the Avengers sequel. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in 2015, and the name tells us that the malicious adamantium robot Ultron — a longtime Marvel Universe nemesis with many different incarnations — will play a major role.

A comic book storyline published earlier this year bears the same name, naturally leading many fans to expect that the movie will be an adaptation of that storyline. (A story which features prominent roles for characters Marvel Studios cannot use.) Turns out that the movie is really using the title and presence of Ultron, and possibly little more from that comic book story. Watch Joss Whedon explain the story — which he says he’s been thinking about since before The Avengers was done — bel0w. Read More »

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Joss Whedon took the stage at Hall H today to intro a brief teaser clip for a new film. The footage featured animated close-ups of metal being pounded into shape as we hear clips of dialogue from The Avengers. But as the metal object revolves and the camera pulls back the head of Ultron is revealed.

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When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2, 2014, it will be the fifth straight Spider-Man movie set in New York. Knowing that, a fan at San Diego Comic-Con asked star Andrew Garfield what other famous Spider-Man comic book stories he’d like to see on screen. Garfield said, “I’d like to see him with The Avengers…but I’m not supposed to say that.” The crowd went wild.

It was just one of the many awesome things discussed during the panel. Director Marc Webb explained how the first film was meant to set up multiple movies and that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) is mostly in this one to establish a fun tone. Dane DeHaan talked about Harry Osborn’s complicated relationships with Peter Parker and Norman Osborn while Jamie Foxx spoke about Electro’s costume and origin. Oh – and they screened about 3 minutes of never before seen footage. Read about the footage here, and hit the jump for everything else. Read More »

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Sure, the whole superpower thing is a little far-fetched, not to mention the alien attackers, the vengeful god, the interplanetary wormhole, and the idea that a superhero team would employ a regular guy whose job it is to shoot arrows. (I love Hawkeye as much as the next gal, but come on.) But through all that nonsense, it’s always been clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes place in our world, in our time. Just like Stan Lee and his co-conspirators envisioned it decades ago. Loki doesn’t attack “Gotham” or “Metropolis,” but New York City.

As anyone who’s been to New York City knows, the media is a big part of this town. Several major publishers are headquartered here, including Conde Nast, Time Inc., and the New York Times. Obviously, there’s no way in hell they’d ignore such major events, involving such glamorous celebrities, happening right in their front yards. In her MediAvengers series, artist Kimba McG imagines what their headlines might look like if the Avengers were real, with pitch-perfect mock-ups of covers for TimeVanity FairUs Weekly, and more. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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