Whedon On 'The Avengers' Screenplay

AVENGERS_4_WJoss Whedon opened up to SFX about his process while writing and preparing to direct Marvel Studios’ THE AVENGERS.

“I’m feeling that everything that I have done before has prepared me for this, besides the fact that I’ve been reading The Avengers since I was 11.”

He acknowledges the difficulty in integrating the various heroes, some grounded more in science fiction, others more in the realm of fantasy.

“’By the way, there’s a thunder god. You guys are cool, right? This guy is big and green and this character wears an American flag. It’s all good, right? It’s totally REAL WORLD.’
Finding the tone and plots that are coherent is what I go to bed thinking about and wake up thinking about, but it’s doable.”

The fact that some very good actors are involved makes him have to use self-discipline to avoid the temptation to write lengthy dramatic scenes and dialog ala GLENGARRY GLENN ROSS, and to keep a balance of action and story flow to the ensemble film. He also affirms his enthusiasm in having Mark Ruffalo playing Bruce Banner/The Hulk, asserting that the actor was his first choice for the role.
Read the lengthier piece at the link above.

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

'The Avengers' Movie Start Date

AVENGERS_4_WAccording to SuperheroHype,  Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have set a tentative start date of February 2011 for their big screen adaptation of
THE AVENGERS.

Wrtten and directed by Joss Whedon, THE AVENGERS stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson,  Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner).
The film, expected to be shot in Los Angeles, is aiming for a May 4th, 2012 release.

The Avengers "Premake": What If?

What if… the Avengers movie was created years before the actual comic book?
That the question whoiseyevan’s (Ivan Guerrero) asks in his neat “Premake” mash-up on youTube.
Take a look, and see if you can spot all the sources and inspriations for the this imaginative fake trailer.
Too many to follow? Not familiar with old movie serials, silent films, or comic book history? Check out his “frame by frame” guide HERE
He’s also done Premakes such as the 1951 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK with Charlton Heston as Indiana Jones, and the 1954 version of GHOSTBUSTERS.

Mark Ruffalo on being HULK

mark_ruffaloEntertainment Weekly is featuring an interview with Mark Ruffalo about THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, and more of interest here about taking over the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in THE AVENGERS.
Asked what was it like appearing at Comic-Con last weekend in front of an audience full of comic book fans, he replied:

“It was very exciting — and I realized I had some pretty big shoes to fill. Those were my heroes up there! I was a comic book fan growing up. I loved The Hulk and The Avengers — it’s just strange to be entering that world as an actor. I never would have imagined that before.
… I was very, very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. That’s as close you’re going to get to being a rock star as an actor. The fans — they have very strong feelings toward their comic book heroes.”

His thoughts on playing Bruce Banner?

hulk_trans“He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself — the dark and the light — and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control.
I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at The Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities.”

Read the entire article at the link above.

Avengers Assembled at Comic Com

Marvel.com featured this picture of Marvel Studios’ THE AVENGERS cast.

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Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) as well as newcomers Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) . Click Photo for larger image

Mark Ruffalo Signed as Hulk

mark_ruffaloDeadline is claiming that they can confirm that Mark Ruffalo has signed to play Bruce Banner in Marvel Studios THE AVENGERS.
No official announcement has yet been made. Will update when official comments are forthcoming, perhaps tonight at Comic Con.
UPDATED: Mark Ruffalo was confirmed as Bruce Banner at Comic Con’s Marvel Studios panel, as was Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.

Joss Whedon To Direct THE AVENGERS

joss_whedonFanboys & fangirls rejoice – fresh from Comic Con comes the announcement that Joss Whedon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FIREFLY, DOLLHOUSE) will be directing Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS movie. In terms of his approach to the multi-superhero flick, he had this to say:

I’m still writing the outline. I am at the stage where I am reworking and reworking. What I love about this is that there is no way that these people should be in the same room together, let alone the same team. And that, to me, is the definition of family.

He has a lot of work and great expectations ahead of him. Here is to hoping the outline turns into something great!
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Could Adrien Brody be Marvel's Ant-Man?

Adrian Brody in PREDATORS (2010)
Adrian Brody in PREDATORS

Unconfirmed reports from John Campea and El Mayimbe at LatinoReview.com claim that Adrien Brody may be in talks to play Ant-Man in Marvel’s upcoming project THE AVENGERS, which is set to be directed by Joss Whedon. Following rumors that others including Nathan Fillion might be called upon to play the role, the latest buzz is that Brody’s agency has been pursuing it.
El Mayimbe was adamant that he is only relaying information that he received from contacts at Brody’s agency and that he does not intend to pass it off as fact. Let’s just say that reliable sources have confirmed that Brody’s people are in talks with Marvel, but we don’t know the outcome of those talks for certain just yet. Can you see Adrien Brody in the role of Ant-Man?