'The Avengers' in Kree-Skrull War?

 KreeSkrullWarAintItCool reports that according to to New Mexico newspaper The Albuquerque Journal:

“THE AVENGERS script will blend IRON MAN, THOR, and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER storylines as the Avengers battle two alien races, the Skrulls and the Kree.”

THE AVENGERS will film on location in New Mexico, although previous items suggested they will also film at sound stages at the Grumman facilities on Long Island, New York.  

None of this is as yet confirmed.

 UPDATE: SuperHero Hype says its confirmed that the article’s information didn’t come Marvel Studios, and may simply be an error on the part of the newspaper. The Kree-Skrull war would be a pretty big story for a mutli-hero team origin film.  Perhaps we’ll see some hints of the major conflict to come. Some form of the Cosmic Cube will apparently be seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Via Ain't It Cool News
Via Ain't It Cool News

1st Look At Chris Evans as Captain America

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Entertainment Weekly’s  latest issue features the first officially released shot of Chris Evans from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER on its cover.
Fans of the character has been worried about the former “Human Torch” actor playing Cap, and it turns out that Chris Evans shared many of those concerns. He siad he turned down the part three times.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’”

Finally, he went to a meeting with Marvel executives and director Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER, THE WOLFMAN),  was impressed by their plans and approach to the film, and wound up signing a six-picture deal.

“I was just scared. I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear. …I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

The issue will feature a set visit to the production, shooting in England, and more from Evans and Joe Johnston, who sees Steven Roger as an ‘everyman’ character whose life and pyhsical form is suddenly transformed.  Johnston observes with understatement that it’s bound to create “some interesting personal issues.”
The issue hits newsstand this Friday, October 29th.

New Captain America Pics

Celebrity-Gossip features some stills from the Manchester filming of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
Capt.America_Atwel;_EvansThey depict Haley Atwell as Peggy Carter(featured in the explosive film clip yesterday) and a bulked-up Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.
Evans seems to be wearing prosthetic rubber foot covers to protect his real bare feet from being injured in a street scene in which he chases after a fleeing taxi.  
See additional pictures at the link above.
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1st Pics of Capt. America Costume

C_AMERICA_StuntBikeThe U.K.’s Daily Mail is featuring the first looks at what is at least one of the costumes of the lead character in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
A group of photos from a location shoot in a wooded road near London show Chris Evan’s stunt double decked out in a World War Two version of the costume, complete with ‘winged’ crash helmet, riding  what they identify as a US Army Indian motorcycle.
The costume is pretty baggy, and for some unguessable reason in a powder blue, rather than the darker blue shown in the design sketches. In my opinion, Cap needs to be in a very dark blue, more like the indigo used in the American flag.  The lighter, “process blue” generally used in the comics is really due to the needs of cheap and clear 4-color printing, rather than other aesthetic concerns.
The reverse angle of this photo, which can be seen at the Daily Mirror site, shows that Captain America is carrying a holstered pistol, and has some kind of rifle in a cycle-mounted holder.

Photos via The Daily Mirror
Photos via The Daily Mirror

Also to be seen is a neat looking period roadster, complete with WWII-era ‘black-out’ covers on the head lamps, and these high tech cycles ridden, it seems by the Red Skull’s minions.
UPDATED: On closer inspection, the insignia on the motorcycles seems to be that of HYDRA, the international nihilist terror organization that Captain America and SHIELD would face in the 1960’s. Apparently, in the film the Red Skull creates HYDRA, and in the comics has been retconned as one of the founders.

'Captain America' Tidbits and Rumors

There’s littlte bits of information and a few rumors floating around the internet regarding CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
First off, ComicBookMovie, in a brief Q&A with director Joe Johnstion, learned there will in fact be some “Easter Eggs” continuty bits for comic book fans to find in the films.

“There are links between all the Marvel films, mostly ones that only the fans will pick up on. We have several subtle references to certain elements in THOR, but since CAPTAIN AMERICA is a period picture taking place in the 40’s, there are fewer opportunities for contemporary links to the rest of the Marvel universe. We can, however, create events in our story that will be paid off in AVENGERS and other Marvel pictures.”

union_jack_Invaders_8Heading into Rumorville, IMDB’s CAPTAIN AMERICA entry indicates that UK actor JJ Feild (THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE) has been cast as Montgomery Falsworth, who is Captain Americ’s British countepart, Union Jack, a member of the costumed fighters known as The Invaders. If true, there has been no offical announcement.
ComicBookMovie also passes on the rumor that Amy Smart ( THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT) has been cast  Golden Girl (Betsy Ross), based largely on the fact that she was apparently seen at a club in London with star Chris Evans.
Betsy (Elizabeth) Ross was an Army Intelligence agent in the early CaptaincaptAmerica68-goldengirl America comics, later donning the costume of Golden Girl, and eventually replacing Bucky as Cap’s sidekick for a while.  In a ‘retcon’ Marvel later changed it so that she assisted one of the Captain America replacements, Jeff Mace (the former superhero, The Patriot).
In the modern comics, there have been two Golden Girls, one of Japanese-American background. Gwenny Lou Sabuki, teenage daughter of a scientist, had short-lived super powers.
Again, this is just a rumor, at present.

Whedon Reveals AVENGERS Details

Avengers_ComicCon_largeTouring Austrialia, writer/director Joss Whedon told the newspaper The Sunday Herald-Sun that THE AVENGERS movie will not be based on any single comic book, but rather a synthesis of sources.

“It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it. There is no one Avengers story that you can just do the way that you can do the origin of Spider-Man. You really have to cull from the original and The Ultimates, which is one of The Avengers titles.”

Whedon also revealed that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will not be the only woman in the movie.

“It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger… But she will not be the only female character“.

These leads one to speculate what female characters might been seen. IRON MAN ‘s Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow)? THE INCREDIBLE HULK’s Betty Ross (Liv Tyler)? A much older version of Captain America’s Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — or perhaps Shield agent Sharon Carter?   
A big cast that seems to be growing for the Marvel Studios /  Paramount Pictures superhero film. Production is slated to begin in February, 2011.
Via Australia’s Moviehole.net

Capt. America Tidbits – Plus Clip

Here’s some news from behind the scenes of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
First off, fansite EarthsMightiest spoke with THE AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon, who revealed that he did a little “script doctor” work on CAPTAIN AMERICA.

“I just got to make some character connections.”The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit.”

Being a script doctor can be a frustrating exercise, because you’re working on other people material and ideas, often without credit.  However Whedon seemed to enjoy this stint. 

CaptainAmerica_M“It’s fun in this case because, A, they’ll actually use the things I wrote, which is rare; and, B, it’s a fun puzzle to go in and say, ‘Okay, this is what works, this is what needs to be connected, and here are some key moments.’ Then the third thing is that it takes place in the ’40s, so I got to write ’40s dialogue, and that’s never not fun!”

Aceshowbiz.com featured a behind the scenes video tour from Hey UGuys! of a CAPTAIN AMERICA location in England that was used as a US Army encampment. the elaborated dressing included tents, tanks and a USO stage, on which the star-spangled avenger appeared.
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