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Marvel announced that The Avengers will be back in theaters for the next week starting today via the Avengers Facebook Page. If you somehow missed it the first time around, the poster spoils the villainous, smiling mid-credit scene star, Thanos. Their announcement also reminds the crowd to stick around all the way through the credits for the comedic shawarma scene that I myself missed by hastily thinking they wouldn’t have another scene after the mid credit sequence.
This announcement will have the movie in the theaters only three short weeks prior to the Blu-ray/DVD release on September 25th. It has me wanting to go revisit the greatness of the film on the big screen, but I was already amping myself up for a home screening upon the release to Blu-Ray. Oh well, guess I’ll be doing both!
The film, according to Box Office Mojo has grossed almost $1.5 billion to this point. With this re-release set so shortly after the initial release and so shortly before the Blu-ray/DVD release, how many of you will give up the cash to go view it again on the big screen? Do you think Marvel has already claimed enough of your cash, or are you dying to see it one more time with the assembled super heroes at a theater near you? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Write it down, folks! Walt Disney Studios officially confirmed the release date for Marvel’s The Avengers sequel and I’m already jonesing for my ticket.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the first movie is currently the third highest grossing film of all time. Much speculation has circled around the 2015 opening date, but now for the official news:
“SEQUEL TO MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS TO HIT THEATERS MAY 1, 2015
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.”
Of course, this means fans will be ravenous to spot Easter eggs, teasers, hints, and winks in the solo movies (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy), eventually leading up to Avengers 2.
Sign me up for an Avengers viewing September 25th! Not only will we get to see the summer blockbuster, but now Marvel is really pulling out all the stops. Blu-ray and DVDs typically come with extras that include bonus features and unseen footage, but it seems Marvel is eagerly feeding the nerdy frenzy with a Blu-ray/DVD 4-disk set that includes 30 minutes of deleted scenes (including a rumored Captain America/Peggy Carter reunion), an alternate ending, and a few featurettes.
Here’s what will be included on the DVD/Blu-ray:
4-Disc BD Combo Pack, 2-Disc BD Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Combo Pack
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
2. MARVEL ONE-SHOT: ITEM 47
3. SECOND SCREEN
4. GAG REEL
4. DELETED SCENES
– Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation
– Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize
– Steve Rogers – Man Out of Time
– Nick Fury & World Security Council
– Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage
– Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
– Extended Scene – Banner and Security Guard
– Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation
– A Visual Journey
– Assembling the Ultimate Team
6. SOUNDGARDEN MUSIC VIDEO – “Live to Rise”
1. AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON
– Assembling the Ultimate Team
On to a few deleted scenes! What do you think about the scenes? And more importantly, will you hold my place in the checkout line when I have to run to the bathroom?
Its first project, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH looks interesting. It is the first Hulk centric cartoon in almost 2 decades. What little we know about the series comes from the teaser image. We know that Hulk is having a family outing this time around with his cousin She-Hulk, his blood-brother Rick Jones/A-Bomb, his father-in-law Red-Hulk, and his son Skaar. We can also guess the family issues will come up a few times in the series. This could be a family drama, but with super powers.
Their second project, Avenger’s Assemble, is one that I’m cautiously optimistic about. Sure it has many strikes against it, the biggest is fan ire because it caused the more beloved Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to be canceled, but I tend to reserve judgment until I’ve seen the first few episodes. Who knows, it might be good on its own terms.
The third potential announced series will astonish you. I think that it would mean an Astonishing X-Men cartoon series. Then again, sometimes they want to be clever and it might be a Ka’Zar or Deathlock centered show, as both characters were in Astonishing Tales at one point. I highly doubt the company will be that clever, however.
The Marvel Television Presents panel will be on Saturday July, 14th at 10:30 a.m. in room 6BCF. Please note that all audio and visual recording devices will be prohibited during the event.
If you are unable to attend, got to events.marvel.com to get up to the minute highlights of their time at the convention.
Club Penguin is Disney’s premiere freemium service for children. In the game, you play as penguins through all sorts of free games and earn points to buy different costumes. Thanks to its use of live monitoring and advance filtering technology, it is also one of the safest web services available.
For their latest event, Marvel Super hero Takeover, the premise is simple. A meteor crash lands on Club Penguin Island, powering up the dangerous Destructobot. Players can choose to play as one of the good guys to defend Penguin Island. Or they can be one of the villains trying to takeover and/or destroy the island.
At launch, you are allowed to play one of 14 characters, each grouped into ones from the Avengers movie, (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Loki) or from the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon (Spidey, Nova, Iron Fist, and Venom). A third group includes Ms. Marvel and Lizard.
Marvel Super hero Takeover begins on June 14th at ClubPenguin.com.
For those of you unaware, Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based toy company with an absolutely stellar reputation for quality and realism in their action figures.
A friend of mine put it best when he said “I don’t understand why they used a picture of Tom Hiddleston instead of showing the actual action figure in their screen shots.” These action figures are so incredibly detailed that it feels like you’re looking at stills from the movie when you see them posed. Seriously, just take a look at these.
They have a good portion of the main characters available for sale or pre-order at the moment, including Thor, Loki, Captain America, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye. They also have Iron Man Mark VI that will be going to limited pre-order soon. This one is limited to a mere 3,000 units and will not be available outside of the pre-order. And finally, they are also working on a Hulk Maquette. No word yet on either a Black Widow, an Agent Coulson, or a Maria Hill figure yet.
Of course, like most things at this unbelievable level of quality and detail, the cost to own one of these is quite steep. Each of the available figures runs between $180 and $210 USD. So save your pennies, boys and girls, and put away all notions of replaying the battles of the film with these particular figures. Your G.I. Joes with kung-fu action grip from the 80s these are not. For those interested in making a purchase or pre-order, the character links above will take you to the order page.
If you want to try your luck, Sideshow Collectibles is hosting a contest to win a prize pack of all five action figures, shipped to you as soon as they arrive at the warehouse, as well as automatically getting an email alert when the Iron Man Mark VI figure goes to pre-order. Note that you are responsible for shipping costs with this contest. Good luck.
Being a fan of the Marvel Select figure line myself, I try to keep up with when the new ones will be hitting the shelves.You can expect all the major characters from The Avengers and the secret villain from the movie will also be available. For those of you who don’t know who that is – you should go see the movie, what are you waiting for?
These figures have already begun showing up in April with the release of the Hulk figure and a re-issue of the Iron Man Mark VI suit.This month is said to bring us Hawkeye and the mystery foe I had previously mentioned.
Diamond Select Toys also has exclusive collectables for The Amazing Spider-Man including a Lizard and Spider-Man figure of course to be released in June along with a nice variety of statues and busts depicting The Lizard and Spidey.
In August we are supposed to see the release of Ultron and Storm and sometime this winter they are releasing a Nightcrawler figure which I am very excited about as he happens to be one of my favorite characters.
Also this year several box sets will be released including a “Venom Through The Ages” set slated to come out later this year. This set will be exclusive to Toys R’ Us and will feature for the first time Flash Thompson as Venom.
This is just a small portion of the many great figures and statues we have to look forward to and track down this year. Here are a few pics for you and as always, happy hunting.
WARNING: What you are about to read may come across as biased.
It’s not my fault, really. You can’t tease and talk to me about a movie for over four years, linking it to almost all of the great comic book book movies that have happened within that space of time and then put Joss Whedon at the helm and expect any different from me. It’s as though my critical eye was obliterated before The Avengers even began.
In short, The Avengers was so amazing that I am concerned that it will be my favorite movie of the 2012 movie season before the season even gets going.
But, before you dismiss me as a fan-girl gone googly, I’d like to defend myself.
The Avengers offers everything a comic book, super hero movie should offer: there is action, extraordinary battles, seamless special effects to enhance the setting(s) and action, a sense of fun and depth of character. It is this final point that I believe separates the good comic book movies from the great ones. In terms of The Avengers this depth of character was not only demonstrated with one main-stage hero, but, rather, a team of them, four of which had previously had the silver screen all to themselves. No opportunity was missed within the 142 minute film to showcase who each of these characters were – whether it was through a witty remark, a look, a perfectly timed punch or even an amusing recognition of one’s place out of time – even if you hadn’t been reading their comic books all your life, or if you had somehow missed the last five years of blockbuster Marvel movies, you could have a full scope of who each of these characters were from this film alone.
While I could write about the character development and presentation of each of the Avengers, I will only take the time to mention the one who has been given a second chance in this film: the Hulk. For all those who have waited for it, in The Avengers you will finally see the Hulk done right. Perhaps it is the nature of the story – the fact that he has powerful enough beings to contend with – but I think credit should be given to Mark Ruffalo and the writing team for making this character believable and one to root for. After watching the film I can fully understand where the confidence to sign the Ruffalo-six-movie deal with Marvel came from, and I can’t wait to see where the Hulk ends up next.
To speak to the action of the film, well, let’s just say the Earth – represented by one bad-ass eye patch, trench coat wearing, Nick Fury – pulls together a group of beings with powers beyond our human scope of understanding to defend against a seemingly unstoppable offensive force brought to ground by one very misguided Loki, and, once again, my city is torn asunder. That’s right, Nerds, you are in for some major New York City SMASH in the ultimate battle on the screen. However, that is hardly the first battle in this film. Do not be late to this movie, because, in true Whedon style, the action and forward momentum of the story begins before you even get your straw in your soda! And if you happen to be blessed with as active an audience as I was, this means raucous applause and cheers every step of the way.
One other thing you may notice from the audience, whether they are raucous or not, is an inordinate amount of laughter. Remember I said this movie was fun? Well, part of that fun can be found in the funny. This is isn’t your typical, “Oh-ho! If you knew Tony Stark, you’d get how funny that is!” type of funny where a fraction of the audience is left nervously giggling in confusion. What you’ll find in The Avengers are honest-to-goodness funny lines and situations understood by everyone in attendance. As I said, it’s fun.
So that you know my critical eye was not completely obliterated as I might have once feared, I will tell you my two issues with the film, minor though they are. My first point is, while the action began at step one, I felt a sense of unease about the film in the first two or three scenes. To be honest, I will have to see the film again to pinpoint what might have been missing there, but something was amiss. However, this turns into a minor fact as it is quickly forgotten by all the wonder that follows. The second reservation is that I did shell out the extra bucks for the 3D version of the film and I am not sure I needed to. This could be due to the showing of The Amazing Spiderman trailer in 3D, after which I’m not sure anything else could measure up to that swinging fun!
To wrap it all up, I already told you not be late to this movie, now I have to warn you: don’t leave. You will, in true Marvel fashion be treated to that teaser scene we’ve all come to love and adore. However, in this film, you will get two. One is a teaser and another is full of that fun I spoke of, but both are worth sitting through the credits.
So, get out there Nerds! Assemble! Get to the movies and don’t miss out on the buzzing excitement of the opening weekend crowds… but don’t forget to come back to let me know what you thought of the movie!
With The Avengers coming out last week over here, and tomorrow for you guys in the US, it had to be this for the meme of the week. I know how much of this fits with the film, you don’t, so once you’ve watched it, come back and check again. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Do you like the Avengers Facebook page? Anything you would have said differently?
One of the most anticipated films of 2012,The Avengers brings together a gaggle of super-heroes introduced (or re-introduced) to audiences over the last three years in their own movies. There is a lot to keep track of, so we are continuing our “boot camp” with the organization that has been reaching out to unite the super-heroes in a common goal- to save Earth. It’s time for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Whether than try to put a lengthy history into a synopsis, I present you with bullet points as taken from various Marvel wikis and Wikipedia. So many events in the history of the organization, which are most relevant to The Avengers? Time will only tell.
We haven’t been given too much access to behind the scenes at S.H.I.E.L.D. Just the Thor’s hammer on lockdown by the men in black and the sneaky end credit scenes of each film. It seems as if we perhaps saw the interior of the Helicarrier at the end clip of Thor. We know they have an office in New York City, right in the middle of Times Square it would seem, as well. Right now it looks like Nick Fury is running things and he is a man with a plan to get Hulk, Thor, Ironman, and Captain America on the same team as he and the Black Widow. His “man on the street” seems to be Agent Coulson. I hope we learn more about him and he gets more screen time in The Avengers because I suspect he is either going to be really funny or the one to watch with a distrustful eye.
Will their be traitors within S.H.I.E.L.D.? Amongst the havoc being wreaked by Loki, will Nick Fury find his position in the organization threatened? I can’t wait to see.
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