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 »

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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 »

Want to see a list of all the special features on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray? How about watch all the deleted scenes from the Thor Blu-ray? What are five things Christopher Nolan has to get right with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? Have pictures of the Batcave leaked? Could Sony have snuck Christoph Waltz into The Amazing Spider-Man? Which Avengers actor confirmed they’d be appearing in Iron Man 3? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Watch Marvel’s ‘The Road To The Avengers’

Have all the posters, set photos, videos, interviews, rumors and teaser trailers not gotten you properly excited for The Avengers? No? Then this special feature that’ll be on the Thor Blu-ray come September 13 called The Road to The Avengers should do the trick. This isn’t the stuff Marvel showed at the D23 Expo so there’s no new footage, but it serves the same purpose: To get you psyched for May 4, 2012. It does so by blending the unveiling at Comic-Con 2010 (above) with interviews, footage from the previous films and even some comic books thrown in. Prepare to get goosebumps. Read More »

Want to hear Tom Hardy talk about criticisms of The Dark Knight Rises? What would other actors look like if they would have been cast as the Man of Steel? Were you a fan of the end credits in Captain America: The First Avenger and want to learn more about them? Who are the people fighting The Avengers on the streets of Cleveland? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Why haven’t we seen many photos of Iron Man on the set of The Avengers? Curious about the Thor and X-Men: First Class Blu-rays? Would you like to have a Batman coffee table? How about look at fan art of Man of Steel, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Returns? When did Marvel almost buy all the DC characters? Which late actress from the Forties and Fifties will be digitally placed in The Avengers? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Would you like to watch video interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders and Tom Hiddleston discussing The Avengers? How about see the first look of Michael Shannon as Zod or the new Superman cape in Man of Steel? What are the perks of pre-ordering the Thor Blu-ray? And what did Christopher Nolan do to thank the city of Pittsburgh for allowing them to film The Dark Knight Rises there? Read about all of this, and see a clearly marked page of video spoilers from The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises, in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Briefly: Marvel Studios is taking the next step in putting a Thor sequel into production; the studio is now in talks with Brian Kirk to direct the film that will follow on from Kenneth Branagh’s first chapter. Variety has the news, saying that Brian Kirk’s TV experience with large ensemble casts (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter and Luck) was a contributing factor in Marvel’s decision to hire him.

Thor 2 will be written by Don Payne, and is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.

We’ve been hearing rumblings for a while now that Marvel would begin releasing live-action short films with their feature films, to introduce, test out, and tease possible future Marvel story-lines and characters. The idea is to use the short films as a development testing ground kind of like what Pixar has done with their computer animated short films. Originally we heard that these short films would be included with Marvel’s theatrical feature film releases, but it appears these “Marve; One Shot” shorts will be getting packaged as DVD/Blu-ray extras on the home video releases instead (which makes sense, as they provides extra value and might sell a bunch of extra copies).

The first short film will be released on the Thor Blu-ray/DVD — Its titled The Consultant and features Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Coulson. Marvel claims that the two “Marvel One-Shots” which have been completed both star Gregg as Phil Coulson, “offering up two self-contained stories about the day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.” It seems like the first set of One-Shots are more of an expansion of the Marvel cinematic universe than an addition, filling some of the holes left behind in the feature film chronology so far. Watch a clip embedded after the jump.

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