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 »

By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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How many Batman sequels does Gary Oldman think could happen after The Dark Knight Rises? What cool downloadable content is now available for DC Universe Online and Batman: Arkham City? Want to see footage from the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man video game that takes place after the movie? What do The Avengers have to do with David Letterman? And which superhero movie was the most talked about on Twitter in 2011? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

What are eight things we can expect to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Does Chris Hemsworth have thoughts on possible Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins? Which villains could possibly appear in later films in the Man of Steel universe? What do the X-Men look like in stained glass? Who is the new head of Professor X’s school in the X-Men universe?  Read about all of this, plus a ton of quotes about The Avengers, in today’s Superhero Bits! Read More »

When does Kevin Smith‘s comic shop reality TV series premiere? What does Michael Shannon think of all the leaked set photos from Man of Steel? What is the Batwing from The Dark Knight Rises doing in the streets of Los Angeles? How should Captain America: The First Avenger really have ended? And how can Aquaman be the best comic book movie ever made? Did Stellen Skarsgard let a nugget of Avengers info slip in recent interview? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to watch a whole bunch of special features from the Thor and X-Men: First Class Blu-rays? Is Stan Lee a pimp? Why is Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters a bad place to learn? What’s the latest on Man of Steel shooting and who is running around, all dressed up, on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

2011 Summer Movie Attendance Was the Lowest Since 1997

With Labor Day behind us and school back in session, summer in the US is officially over, at least from a cultural perspective. So it’s time to tally the box-office receipts from what has been the biggest movie season over the past thirty years.

The good news? Revenue is up from last year. The bad news: revenue is up by less than one percent. More troubling: after taking into account that a good portion of the overall revenue came from inflated 3D prices, analysts reveal that attendance was actually down this year. about 543 million tickets were sold this summer, which is the lowest number since 1997′s famous summer of 540 million tickets. (OK, perhaps not so famous.) But wait, there’s more! 2011 is the fourth consecutive year f dwindling summer movie attendance. Read More »

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