Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Avengers (2012): Joss Whedon Talks Marvel Mandates, Nick Fury, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye

Posted by: Matt McGloin, Editor/Publisher
November 18, 2011 12:07

The director of The Avengers, Joss Whedon, spoke with Yahoo Movies about the upcoming movie featuring Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and more.

There were more than a few interesting tidbits, which you can check out in the original article, but here are a couple of the stand outs.

Whedon explained that in regards to Samuel L. Jackson's character, Nick Fury, Marvel presented a couple mandates. Seems Marvel wants the character to be presented in a specific manner.

Also -- and this is something that I was very pleased that Marvel actually mandated -- they were very interested in keeping him, not just in the sort of a mystery of how the organization operates, but a real moral gray area where you really have to decide, "Is Nick Fury the most manipulative guy in the world? Is he a good guy? Is he completely Machiavellian or is it a bit of both?" And that was really fun to tweak.

Whedon is asked about Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk for the first time, and whether or not there is a freedom in being able to do something different with the character (for example, compared to Iron Man who has already been in two prior films).

Yeah, he and I did the most character work of anyone, because we really were starting fresh, but we were starting with something that had been embodied several times.

And both of us agreed upfront that the template for who we wanted this guy to be in his life was Bill Bixby, the TV [show character] who was busy helping other people. That was more interesting to us than the Banner in the first two movies who was always fixated on curing himself. We spent a lot of time talking about what makes us Hulk out, the nature of anger, how it feels.

We even fought some. I mean literally we actually got some pads out and did some tussling. Just to talk about the physicality, and also the physicality of somebody who has to control this thing, and the way he moves in space and the way he relates to the people and the objects around him. It was extremely fun. What we found was that he could be very bumbling and kind of awkward, but at the same time very graceful and in this almost transcendent control of himself.

Also, Whedon talks about keeping the action fresh and says that it was harder to do things for the god-like character, Thor, compared to a normal fellow like Hawkeye.

Yeah. Well, I feel like we pulled that off. At the end of the day, the guy with the bow and arrow is a lot easier to write gags for than the God. But we created a situation where everybody can be useful, and everybody can be in jeopardy, and they really can act as a team, even though -- as we have known from the first issue of 'The Avengers' comic -- there's no reason for these people to be on the same team.

The Avengers assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Go go go Avengers!!! =)  ...can't wait...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Marvel Reboots The Avengers Movie For 2013!

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Friday April 1, 2011 9:59 am
Marvel Reboots The Avengers Movie For 2013!

Posted by Tom Mason 
Categories: Editorials, Movies, Marvel Comics
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Marvel Comics today announced that even though their new all-star superhero movie The Avengers won't debut in theaters until 2012, they will reboot it for 2013.

Said Avengers executive producer Avi Arad, "It's important to get an early jump and stake out our release dates." He added that the easiest way to do that and guarantee another hit movie for for the company is to remake a movie that's almost certain to be a hit.

Marvel's rationale is borne out by the facts of movie production and audience tracking. "Word of mouth on the first Avengers movie is Snakes On A Plane huge," Arad said. "But we've got superheroes."

Arad added that by the time the first Avengers film debuts in theaters and appears on DVD, enough people will have seen it that they will be clamoring for something new. But they'll also want something that's familiar and reliable so they don't feel like they've wasted the price of a movie ticket.

That's where the new Marvel strategy comes into play.

According to executive producer Louis D'Esposito, rapid advances in CG technology plus the increasing popularity of 3-D will transform the look of the reboot so it'll feel like a different experience. "It's like asking your wife to wear a blonde wig and stiletto heels for a special Saturday night. It's the same woman, but she looks brand new."

Stan Lee, who has a cameo in the upcoming first Avengers is looking forward to repeating it in the remake. Said the Smilin' One, "I'm hoping for a couple more lines of dialogue! Excelsior!"

When asked why Marvel would want to remake a movie that hasn't been released yet, Arad, who has also lent his touch to the Bratz franchise, said, "Creating a new superhero experience is hard work, and when you find one that works, it's better to just go back and reboot the original."

Arad cited George Lucas as someone who "cleared the path for all of us" with his multiple versions of the original Star Wars, and Ridley Scott who did the same with his alternate versions of Blade Runner.

Anticipating criticism from all corners, Producer Kevin Feige encouraged critics to be honest with themselves. "What would you rather see? An Avengers reboot or a brand new (ugh) Ka-Zar movie?"

According to Arad, Marvel executives first got the idea to remake The Avengers movie during post-production on the second Iron Man movie. "There's nothing wrong with Iron Man 2 that couldn't have been solved by just remaking the first one instead."

Remaking The Avengers also gives Marvel a chance to fix problems in the original script. Feige said, "We'd like to pass the Bechdel Test with at least one of our movies and an Avengers reboot gives us that chance." The "Bechdel" is the standardized entertainment test to determine if there are more than two women in a movie who talk to each other about something other than men.

Mark Ruffalo, the new Hulk, is excited about bringing additional nuance to his character in the remake. "I get tired of playing the good boyfriend in movies no one sees. Now I can play the same character differently twice. You used to only be able to do that onstage."

Ghost Rider's star Nicolas Cage was equally enthusiastic. "New, old, reboot, remake, sequel, 3-D, whatever. I think it's clear I'll do anything."

Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) is currently directing The Avengers. No director has been announced for the history-making reboot, but according to Arad, "the blueprint for the film will already there from Joss. We won't need anyone so high-powered or expensive for the new version."

A reboot of The Avengers would also be a boost to the movie's toy line. Arad said, "Sales start to drop shortly after a movie's release, but between the first movie, the DVD and the reboot and the DVD of the reboot, we should be able to hold sales steady over two Christmases."

The Avengers will debut in 2012. The Avengers remake is set for May 31, 2013. But those release dates may be swapped, Arad said. "It all depends on focus group testing. If it goes well, I could easily see a scenario where the reboot is released first."

[Artwork: The Avengers, © Marvel Comics]

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I the reboot first...

Recommended Reading:

Essential Iron Man, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Avengers Assemble! Open Casting Call Announced for Marvel's Avengers Movie

Posted 03.12.11 by BrentJS

Are you a comic book fan? Ever dreamed of hearing Captain America shout out the clarion call, "Avengers Assemble!" Well, if you have some free time on your hands, and you live in the New Mexico area, you might have the opportunity to do just that. Marvel Studios Extras Casting Director Maryellen Aviano recently put out an open call for extras to appear in The Avengers, Marvel's super-team movie that will bring together the heroes (and villain?) from the Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk movies to face one threat too powerful and terrifying for any of the heroes to confront on their own. According to the announcement, shooting will begin in late-April and continue through late-July.

" From the New Mexico Film Office – Open Extras Casting Call: The Avengers

    When: Friday, March 25: noon-4pm

    And Saturday, March 26: 10am-3pm


    Hotel Albuquerque

    (Weavers Room)

    800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

    Albuquerque, NM

    This is the official extras casting call for “The Avengers” feature film held by Marvel Studios Extras Casting Director Maryellen Aviano.

    Scheduled to film Albuquerque area late April-late July.

    We’d love to hire as many NM residents as possible so please come well groomed & dressed in your business executive best!

    Pictures will be taken at no charge.

    Over 18 only, will accept current non-returnable pics of kids that can obtain work permits if necessary.
Bring a pen & NO PHONE CALLS please! "

The Avengers was written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse), who will also direct the movie. The all-star cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Next Showing: The Avengers opens May 4, 2012

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Those who live near the New Mexico area,  you are so lucky!!!  Go and meet the heroes!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Black Confirms IRON MAN 3 Job

Shane Black confirms he's meeting with Downey for Iron Man 3.
By Jarrod Sarafin     March 08, 2011
Source: AICN

 A month after rumors appeared online suggesting that Shane Black was coming on board to write and direct Iron Man 3, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang  director has confirmed to fans he intends to reunite with lead star Robert Downey Jr. in the effort. Despite no official announcements of his involvement out of Marvel Studios nor Paramount Pictures, AICN reports that Black appeared at the Omaha Film Festival and answered the question as to his participation.

His answer to the fan was that he was meeting with Downey Jr. later this week and that the actor would be contributing to the story that Black has been set to write. The writer-director also confirmed that unlike last year's sequel, this third installment will have less of the superhero element and even less of two iron-clad players battling each other.

"Iron Man 3 will not be another 'two men in iron suits fighting each other' film. Instead, it will be more like a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villians."

There you have it, Maniacs. Black seems to be sure he has the job for writing and directing this third "Iron" adventure and already has a story in mind for the Marvel hero.

With Iron Man 3 set aside for a May 3, 2013 release, there's still some time for Marvel, Paramount and Black to develop the production.

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Now at least we have a confirmed news!
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscars 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow Hasn't Met 'Iron Man 3' Director Yet, Isn't Sure If She'll Return

Posted 11 hrs ago by Rick Marshall in Marvel, News

At this point, we know very little about "Iron Man 3" except that "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" director Shane Black will direct the film. Will we finally see Tony Stark go up against Mandarin? Have we seen the last of War Machine? These are the questions that bother us so around Splash Page HQ.

When MTV News managed to catch up with Pepper Potts herself, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, we made sure to ask her what she knows about the next chapter of the armored Avenger's big-screen adventures. Apparently, she knows about as much we do...

"I haven't met [Shane Black] yet, no," Paltrow told MTV News.

"[Black is a] great writer," she continued. "I'll really miss Jon Favreau, but I'm sure Shane will be great."

And while it's no surprise that Paltrow hasn't had a chance to meet with the recently announced "Iron Man 3" director, the actress said she's not even sure if she'll be in the third film at this point.

"I don't even know if I'm in it, so we'll see," she said.

Of course, before the rumors start flying, it's worth noting that it's very, very early in the "Iron Man 3" development cycle at this point. With "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" arriving in theaters this year and "The Avengers" bringing the whole Marvel movie universe together in 2012, there's still a lot of time — and plot points — between now and the next time Tony Stark goes solo on the big screen.

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Yup, I agree!  It's too early to know a lot of details for Iron Man 3 at this point. So, let's just wait a little longer.  Small details may come around soon...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Shane Black on Directing Iron Man 3

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Posted 02.11.11 by BrentJS

It was recently reported writer-director Shane Black, best known for writing the screenplay for Lethal Weapon and for directing Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, could be taking over directing duties on Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 from Jon Favreau, who bowed out to direct Disney's Magic Kingdom instead. Now, Black himself has confirmed to TheWrap that he has been meeting with Marvel, but he said that it is premature to start listing him in connection with the movie just yet.

"Nothing has been decided yet. I've taken a few meetings and I'll probably take a few more before Marvel decides."

Black has shown interest in comic-based movies of late, signing with Columbia to direct a live-action adaptation of the pulp action hero Doc Savage last year and signing with Warner Bros. to direct an adaptation of the Japanese manga (comic) Death Note last month. Black seems like a good choice to take over the reins of the Iron Man franchise because of his prior experience with working with title star Robert Downey Jr. and producer Susan Downey on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and because he is also a writer, a skill that would come in very handy on a movie franchise that is known for its improvised dialogue and last-minute script changes.

Next Showing: Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3, 2013

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Well, we really have to wait for a while before they finalize details in making the Ironman 3 movie...
...patience people...
Hey!!!  Death Note is exciting too!!! =)