With Captain America: The First Avenger amidst production, and The Avengers set to start shooting next February, things are busy for Marvel president of production Kevin Feige. In an interview with Total Film, Feige explained why Marvel's production of Captain America decided to set itself up in London.
What's up with The Avengers? >> Posted 09.08.10 by Ryan
Well it’s that two thirds of the film actually takes place in Europe and there are many scenes in and around London. So it just made sense that we film it where the majority of the film takes place. Having been here now for almost two and a half months prepping and twenty-some days into shooting. The history here is pretty impressive. I was at Pinewood yesterday and you walk past pictures of the set of Tim Burton’s original Batman and all the amazing work that [Richard] Donner did on Superman.
You would think that having created the now-iconic TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as the popular spin-off, Angel, and cult favorites Firefly and Dollhouse, that Joss Whedon would have a more optimistic outlook on his future in Hollywood. However, Whedon recently confessed to The Sydney Morning Herald that, until he landed the job as writer and director of Marvel Studios' super-team movie, The Avengers, he felt that his career might be at an end.
Honestly, this year with my career, I've been going, 'Okay, is it over? Are they done with me and is it time for me to start doing really small or make a graceful exit?' …maybe I'm not going to get my shot to reach a mass audience. But then I got The Avengers. So, clearly, I'm an idiot. what did Whedon say about writing The Avengers? >> Posted 08.26.10 by BrentJS
Director Joss Whedon spoke to The Sunday Herald-Sun (via MovieHole) about the female characters in Marvel Studios' upcoming The Avengers, and revealed that Scarlett Johansson won't be the only female to appear in the movie.
What characters might be included? >> Posted 08.23.10 by Ryan
It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger, but she will not be the only female character.
Now that we have a fleshed-out cast, production start date, and confirmation that Joss Whedon is directing, excitement is starting to build for the The Avengers. We talked to two of the most popular Avengers fan sites — Gavin and Dan from Sidekick Comics UK and Kevin from Avengers News — to find out what they thought of the ensemble cast and which scenes they wanted to see in the 2012 movie. find out what they told us >> Posted 08.23.10 by reelz
With Marvel Studios announcing that both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will be converted to 3-D for their 2011 release dates, it's no wonder that Marvel would decided to shoot their upcoming The Avengers in 3-D as well. While the announcement is still unofficial, Showbiz 411 reports that The Avengers will be shot in 3-D, skipping the conversion process.
Director Joss Whedon is not totally unfamiliar with the 3-D format. The Cabin in the Woods, a movie Whedon wrote, has undergone the conversion process. Whedon talks Casting >> Posted 08.17.10 by Ryan
Now that Marvel has unveiled the cast of the upcoming The Avengers at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Joss Whedon spoke to MTV about why the latest Avengers recruits — Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner — were the perfect actors for their respective roles. Whedon said that Renner, who will play Hawkeye in the movie, would keep the role from becoming "silly." How did these character roles get filled? >> Posted 07.26.10 by Ryan
One of the highlights of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con was the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel held in Hall H on Saturday. Not only were fans in attendance treated to the first teaser footage of Captain America: The First Avenger and the first trailer for Thor, but it was officially revealed that Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner would be joining the cast of Marvel Studios' super-team movie The Avengers.
To top it all off, Marvel "assembled" the entire team of The Avengers for the very first time to take one dynamic group photo that resulted in applause so tremendous it felt like San Diego was experiencing yet another earthquake tremor. From left to right, the lineup includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Joss Whedon (director), and Kevin Feige (president of production). Posted 07.26.10 by BrentJS
When Joss Whedon announced at Comic-Con that he would direct Marvel's The Avengers, he described the movie as "the very definition of family." The writer-director later expanded on what the theme of "family" meant for the movie in an interview with io9.
more from Whedon, including what's out >> Posted 07.25.10 by Ryan
It just really just goes back to the very first incarnation of The Avengers. It goes to The Ultimates, it goes to everything about it. It makes no sense, it's ridiculous. There's a thunder god, there's a green "ID" giant rage monster, there's Captain America from the '40s, there's Tony Stark who definitely doesn't get along with anybody. Ultimately these people don't belong together and the whole movie is about finding yourself from community. And finding that you not only belong together but you need each other, very much. Obviously this will be expressed through punching but it will be the heart of the film.
In April, news that Joss Whedon was in "final negotiations" to direct The Avengers sent many fanboys into movie nirvana. Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau quickly doused the flames of excitement, claiming that Whedon wasn't confirmed yet. Even Marvel president Kevin Feige said that Whedon's hiring was "not official."
Still, signs were good that Whedon would direct. Joss's brother Zack Whedon revealed in June that Joss "tentatively agreed" to take the job, and Thor's Chris Hemsworth admitted that he had met with Marvel and Whedon to discuss The Avengers.
Now into July and with no official announcement coming from Marvel, THR reports that Whedon took it upon himself to confirm his hiring at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. What about Whedon's Cabin? >> Posted 07.23.10 by Ryan
Jeremy Renner's interest in the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers began last November when he called the role "interesting". Renner met with Marvel, but a decision was postponed until Marvel could find a director, leaving Renner feeling uncertain the role would happen at all. With production on The Avengers to start early next year, Renner as Hawkeye is a reality once again. Find Out How The Avengers Is Coming Together >> Posted 06.04.10 by Ryan