The Avengers has so much potential to be a mega-hit — the superheroes of Marvel's Iron Man, First Avenger: Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor movies all "assembled" in one movie! — that it seems like everyone wants in on the action, from obvious merchandising tie-ins like coloring books, games, and toys to less obvious ones like cologne (we're not sure we want to know what the Hulk smells like, let alone smell like the Hulk).
The latest to get in on the action is the Wyndham hotel group, which recently launched the HotelsAssemble website. Through the site you can, of course, book a hotel stay, but you can also download a set of awesome wallpapers featuring the star-studded cast of The Avengers — the Hulk wallpaper offers our best look yet at Mark Ruffalo as the "jade giant" — and also play Avengers-themed puzzles and games, answer trivia, read digital comic books, and more. download Avengers wallpapers >> Posted 04.11.12 by BrentJS
We are now officially a month away from when The Avengers reaches theaters and Marvel is spreading the word with a new preview clip and a new TV spot.
Combining the collective efforts of every movie Marvel Studios has done so far — 2008's Iron Man, 2008's The Incredible Hulk, 2010's Iron Man 2, and last year's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger — The Avengers assembles characters from each of those movies, as revealed in the latest TV spot. Titled "Team," the spot starts with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) firing on New York City, prompting Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to declare "we are at war" and "we need a team." The TV spot then shows off each member of the team, revealing Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) de-armoring into Tony Stark, Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) transforming into the Hulk, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) strapping on his quiver of arrows, and ending with Captain America (Chris Evans) asking Thor (Chris Hemsworth) if he's "sure about this" — amongst other snippets of new footage. watch the TV spot and preview clip >> Posted 04.04.12 by Ryan
Kevin Feige has been producing Marvel's comic book movie franchises since 2000, when he was made the associate producer of X-Men. Feige was promoted to Marvel President of Production in 2007, just as the company became Marvel Studios and began launching what Feige has called "phase one" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with 2008's Iron Man and culminating with the upcoming The Avengers.
Juggling characters from 2008's The Incredible Hulk, 2010's Iron Man 2, and last year's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger was clearly a daunting task for writer-director Joss Whedon, but Feige told SlashFilm during a set visit that Whedon kept his sanity by thinking about The Avengers as a "Part 1" instead of a sequel to several other movies. Therefore, each member of The Avengers will be re-introduced, from the well-known characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to the lesser known, like Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). more about The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Ant-Man >> Posted 04.03.12 by Ryan
The Avengers may be the biggest movie of the year, let alone the summer, but that doesn't mean it's the easiest franchise to jump into. Building from five prior movies with wildly varying backstories and tones means that it's easy for anyone to be lost. To solve this problem, we made a Cliff's Notes–style primer of the team members being featured in the flick in case you've missed some of the movies. But while compiling this, we were struck by how many of the dozens of Avengers members missed the cut. So alongside the A-Team, we put together a list of some of the more, frankly, disappointing superheroes who at one time or another were on the team, and why we're glad they didn't make the cut.
The Avengers primer >> Posted 04.03.12 by reelz
Another big name is on board for Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho — Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of the book of the same name, which offers a behind-the-scene portrait of the making of the legendary director's 1960 horror classic.
Deadline reports that Jessica Biel has signed on to play Vera Miles (who had the role of Lila Crane in the original Psycho), which is the second biggest female lead in the movie. Her character goes in search of her missing sister Marion (played by Janet Leigh in the original) and finds herself at the Bates motel.
Biel joins Scarlett Johansson, who will play Janet Leigh; Anthony Hopkins, as Alfred Hitchcock; and Helen Mirren, as Hitchcock's wife, Alma. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is set to be released in 2014. Posted 03.21.12 by reelz
With just over six weeks before the opening of Marvel's adaptation of The Avengers, several new photos from the movie have arrived online, the first since a pair of stills featuring S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) were released earlier this month.
Smulders is nowhere to be found in the latest The Avengers images, which instead feature individual shots of "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Those expecting action might be a bit disappointed with the pics. If, however, you want to see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) standing in a forest; or Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) actually working as a scientist; or another shot of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) walking down a corridor in what could be the inside of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, these are the pics for you. Don't worry, there's plenty to see, including a look at Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) armor, and more looks at Black Widow, Hawkeye, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). check out the photos >> Posted 03.21.12 by Ryan
AMC recently announced that select theaters will be hosting the The Ultimate Marvel Marathon to celebrate the opening of The Avengers, a 12-plus hour movie marathon encompassing the entire "Marvel Cinematic Universe" of movies — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers — for only $40.
Those die-hard comic book movie fans who "assemble" for the marathon will be rewarded with a limited edition poster featuring one of The Avengers characters. It's unknown how many different posters there will be in total, but three character posters have been released online so far and they feature Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Pine), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). check out the limited edition posters >> Posted 03.13.12 by BrentJS
Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson has been cast to play Janet Leigh in Fox Searchlight's Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Director Sacha Gervasi brings light to Alfred Hitchcock's journey and struggles in the making of his classic, Psycho.
Sources have informed Variety that the Hitchcock flick will have considerable similarities to that of My Week With Marilyn and with the recognition Michelle Williams received in her role as Marilyn, Making of a Psycho could make Johansson a future Oscar contender.
Also starring are Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as Hitchcock's wife, Alma, and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Posted 03.02.12 by reelz
Finally, Marvel has released a new trailer for The Avengers, the first new footage from the highly anticipated comic book movie since the arrival of its Super Bowl Ad earlier this month. Marvel has been making a bit of a promotional push for the trailer this week, revealing a new poster and allowing Entertainment Tonight to release a sneak peek of the trailer to go along with some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast.
In the latest trailer, fans get to see S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assemble Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) for the "Avengers Initiative" while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finds Dr, Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). While the team is obviously put together to battle Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the trailer reveals another threat that Loki is using to destroy "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." watch the trailer >> Posted 02.29.12 by Ryan
A new trailer for Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated super-team movie, The Avengers, will drop later today, but you can get a sneak peek at some of the new footage in the trailer right now, courtesy of ET's recent set visit video. In addition to previewing the new trailer, the video includes candid footage from the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and brief snippets of interviews with some of the (super) stars of the movie, including Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow). watch the video >> Posted 02.29.12 by BrentJS