With each clip from The Avengers that comes out, this movie just looks more and more awesome.
We got our first full clip last week, but this new one is thrilling because: 1) Robert Downey Jr. is, as always, awesome, and 2) it’s cool to hear “Avengers” said as the team name as well as hearing “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
If anyone had told me when I was a kid I’d someday see a film like this, I wouldn’t have believed them. Even now it still doesn’t seem quite real, but I can’t wait to sit down and see it for myself come next month.
Marvel has released the first promotional scene from The Avengers, and, huh, they decided to focus on Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. I’m so … not shocked.
I could be wrong, though, perhaps they wanted show off Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. Yeah, that seems more likely.
Obviously the full promotional push is on now for the film when we’re getting clips and tons of artwork as well.
These 1920 x 1280 wallpapers give you some good looks at the main characters. If you head over to Hotels Assemble, and sign up, you can find them in 1280 x 1048, iPhone and Android devices. They’re worth a look, especially the Android ones as they show you more of the costumes … in case you want to geek out like that.
The more I see on this, the more I want to see it.
And, yes, that is indeed Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from the Thor film in there as well.
Considering how long Marvel has taken to work up to this film with numerous movies building the mythos, here’s hoping it pays off large. Plus, on a personal level, I would love to see director Joss Whedon just blow everyone out of the water with the work he does on this.
With 10 months to go, Marvel is wasting no time getting us all worked up for the upcoming film of The Avengers. Considering the amount of time and money the company has put into prepping for this film, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Released over the course of the San Diego Comic-Con was a series of seven character posters that would finally form one large image that showed you some of the history of each character as well as hints of what we’ll see in the new film. (Is that a Helicarrier I see behind Hawkeye and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents?)
While I normally don’t care for films with too many characters in them, especially in the comic book genre, but the only new introductions out of all those characters I listed that are new to the series are Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. (Yes, Hawkeye appeared in Thor for a sum total of an eye blink, I don’t count it.) If Marvel was going to try to introduce each character in this film I would go out of mind, but seeing as the characters have had their own films to prepare for this particular project, this concept works fine for me.
The movie news pouring out of San Diego Comic Con almost makes you forget this used to be a comic book convention. With more movies based on comic books coming out than ever before, it figures that big announcements are made at this show, and they just keep coming.
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Sadly nothing was released after this panel other than the official movie logo. There was some footage shown, but not to the general public to see, sadly. Apparently it was pretty quick, showed the ring forming a giant fist to hit some criminals and so on.
Two great bits of news:
The costume we saw is not the final one we’ll see on screen, there is more refining to be done to it, and the black will stand out more.
A kid in the audience asked Ryan Reynolds to recite Hal Jordan’s oath … everyone reported that no words had been changed. I am now much more at ease with the film.
There were other tidbits, but we’ll see how this film turns out.
Cowboys & Aliens
I have never read the comic this is based on, but the premise is pretty easy to grasp since it’s right in the title … aliens … in the old West.
It stars Daniel Craig as a mysterious stranger who arrives in town with an odd wrist band, and when alien ships arrive to shoot the town up, he shoots one of their ships down with his device. Wackiness ensues from there.
It also stars Olivia Wilde as a saloon girl, Harrison Ford as … someone, he’s rumored to be a bad guy. It’s also directed by Jon Favreau who has directed the two Iron Man movies. He’s definitely shown he is capable of directing action, and it should prove to be an interesting movie.
I love the concept of this. There won’t be any going to the mothership and using a Mac to install a virus malarkey. We’ll have to see how this mysterious wrist weapon works into it, but sign me up as being highly interested.
Yes, more news on The Avengers, but it’s because Marvel had the bright idea to bring the whole cast together on stage and become the talk of the con.
Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
Clark Gregg – Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
Chris Evans – Captain America
Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
Jeremy Renner – Hawkeye
Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner/Hulk
Joss Whedon – Co-Writer/Director
Kevin Feige – Marvel Studios’ President
The only two thins we learned from this was the re-casting of Bruce Banner, and we didn’t know for sure the Black Widow would be in the movie. Even not in costumes, this line-up looks amazing … I can not wait for May 4, 2012. The only thing missing is someone really should have yelled, “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!”
Side note from the Marvel panel … The Punisher film rights now belong to Marvel again … can we please finally get a good Punisher movie now?
The second Iron Man 2 trailer premiered tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I have to say that with each additional frame of film from this movie, I’m getting more excited.
I really enjoyed the first film, and while I have had some concerns over the number of characters in this second outing, it appears that Jon Favreau, the director of both films, might just be able to make it work. The film “looks” spectacular, and Robert Downey Jr. just looks like he has so much fun playing this role that it borders on being infectious.
Here’s hoping the usual comic book film jinx of the second film not working as well as the first doesn’t follow this franchise. If it’s anywhere as good as the first, I’ll anxiously be awaiting the planned third film.
Oh, and the armor at the end? GEEKGASM! (I don’t want to spoil it, but it is right out of the comics)
This trailer pretty much delivers on all fronts. We see the snarky Tony Stark we all loved in the first film, as well as seeing him living it up as an “out” super hero. I swear Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role.
We then get our first good looks at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Don Cheadle in the War Machine armor. (I have avoided this “spoiler” in past posts, but since they blatantly show it in the trailer, I give up.) We also get the returns of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. There is also a very brief shot of Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, but how exciting can shots of a guy in a three-piece suit really be? So, not too surprised we don’t see much of him in this.
The first teaser poster for Iron Man 2 has been released, and yes, that is War Machine in the background.
Iron Man 2 has been finished filming for a while now and is deep in to post production, so it was about time some official artwork finally came out. (never mind several minutes of footage being showed at San Diego Comic Con this past August that has still yet to officially hit the Internet) You can click on the image to the right for a larger view, although it isn’t super huge like most images released online.
This is one of those times where I might go on and on about War Machine’s inclusion in the film, but for once I am taking spoilers into consideration because people who only know the first movie know nothing of the character and will want to keep it that way until the movie comes out. If you want to know more about him, check out the Wikipedia entry on War Machine, but I will warn you I know the movie is following the same character being the secret identity, so spoiler warning for sure.
I am a little concerned for this movie. I loved the first one, but the second film seems to be following the comic book movie status quo of “it’s a sequel, it needs tons more characters!” We have Robert Downey Jr. back as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle stepping into the role of Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes and Samuel L. Jackson appearing in an expanded role as Nick Fury. Then this is where it gets messy as they are adding Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash along with an assortment of other minor characters.
Has Marvel learned nothing from the messes known as Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man 3 and so on? You can overdo the number of characters in a movie very easily. I have a lot of faith in director Jon Favreau, but this is not off to a very encouraging start.
I’ll go into the movie with an open mind, but I am leery of what could go wrong here.
The first image of Mickey Rourke as the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2 has been released (click the image to the right for a much larger & complete image) and it is an… interesting look?
As with almost every comic book character that makes it to the big screen, numerous changes have been made to Whiplash. You can read the rather lengthy official bio over at the Marvel Comics website, but essentially he was an American that went to work for Stark Industries (as in Tony Stark’s company), fell in with a bad crowd, became a supper villain… you know how that goes. Well, somehow in the moie he is now Russian, and reportedly just escaped from prison (check the orange outfit on his lower half in the large picture).
When it was first reported that Rourke was playing a Russian villain in the film, the natural conclusions where that he was either playing Titanium Man or The Crimson Dynamo, but instead they have to mess around with another character for no good reason. Luckily I have a lot of trust in Jon Favreau as a director and storyteller, so I won’t totally scratch my head at this one yet, but it does seem like a totally unnecessary change.
If you’re wondering about the lighted piece on his chest looking so much like Iron Man’s, Mr. Favreau said to USA Today that is intentional and somehow figures into the plot of the film. I have my suspicions of how, but I won’t spoil it for those who aren’t familiar with the overall driving forces of the Iron Man series.
Iron Man 2 is due for release May 7th, 2010 with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell (playing Justin Hammer), Scarlett Johansson (playing Black Widow), Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson.
Marvel seems to have woken up to the fact that they were rushing their films out too fast, and they have announced an adjusted line-up of their films through 2012. They’ve only shifted three of the movies, but it gives them some more breathing room in the production timeline, and hopefully this will lead to higher quality films. I imagine this was somewhat assisted by Sony announcing their target date for the fourth Spider-Man movie in May of 2011.
Thor: formerly July 16, 2010, now June 17, 2011 Captain America: formerly May 6, 2011, now July 22, 2011 The Avengers: formerly July 15, 2011, now May 4, 2012
So the new line-up is (films in bold are part of The Avengers “series”):
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009
Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
Spider-Man 4 – May 6, 2011
Thor- June 17, 2011
Captain America – July 22, 2011
The Avengers – May 4, 2012
Ant-Man – To Be Announced (to be fair, the press release no longer mentions this film)
There is also some speculation this was somewhat prompted by all of the big named actors being attached to The Avengers, so they may have had to move it further out to accomadate all of the people this film is going to require. By the time this film roles around they will need Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and which ever actors they choose for the parts of Thor and Captain America will also be in it for sure. Beyond that, who knows who else they will drag along from these movies to be included, so it is going to be a nightmare scheduling wise to get this many actors together all at once for the project.
One person who is probably thrilled by the move is Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man films, who is going to serve as a producer on The Avengers. He was essentially going to have to go directly from work on Iron Man 2 to working on team film, I would imagine he’ll enjoy at least a short break.
I also think this may solve the problem I was concerned with with having the films coming out too fast and wearing out the public. I would like to see some more space between Thor and Captain America, but oh well, it’s their call. Lets just hope the public doesn’t fall into super hero fatigue.