Rumor Mill: 'Avengers' Villains?

THOR_HIddelAccording to Latino Review,  the villains THE AVENGERS will be facing in the Joss Whedon scripted/directed Marvel team-up film will be THOR’s big bad Loki and the Skrulls.
There’s some plausibity to this claim; back in 2009 Marvel Entertainment honcho Kevin Feige told the site:

“In my opinion, The Skrulls are really the only viable threat that would require so many super heroes to fight as a team. Sure, you could have The Hulk as a villain in the beginning, but then they have to come together for an even bigger threat. Something hinted about in IM2, Thor and Cap by Nick Fury’s presence.
Plus Fox doesn’t have the rights to The Skrulls, only the Super Skrull. But this is just my inner geek thinking out loud and hoping.”skrull_large

Un-named sources claim that Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s evil “brother” is the main villain, and he uses the Cosmic Cube, which will be seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER  and THOR to summon the alien Skrulls to Earth.
Of course, we’re all leery of “unidentifed insiders”, so treat this as rumor.  However, other pevious news stories have given this particular item some weight.

Another THOR Photo

Thor_Hemsworth.jpgToday is a good day for THOR pictures.
USA TODAY, in a story about movies promoted at the San Diego Comic Con,featured this new shot of Chris Hemsworth in civies — but with the God of Thunder’s Uru Hammer.
Quoting Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on the the power of Comic Con:
“Nobody believed in us when we brought Iron Man here. They said we were bringing our B-team in. I think we’ve proved that there’s no such thing. If you can impress Comic-Con fans, you’re in the big leagues.”
And Chris Hemsworth had this to say about comics fans:
“It’s a bit scary, the power and devotion they have. A couple of months ago I was feeling secure and went online to see what people were saying. Some people loved we were doing a movie; some people already hated it.
I’ll never read comments again.”
Yeah, we comics fans can be a demanding and unforgiving bunch, at times. The passion is understandable (for those who have felt it): after all, these four-color heroes are myths for the modern age. And mythology has always great power in the human heart and mind.
Photo: © Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures

New Pictures Of The Throne Room Of The Gods In THOR

thorsmallFor most, the closest they could ever hope to get to Asgard was Valhalla, and even then you had to be a warrior who died in combat. Lucky for you, Marvel is circumventing the entire process and just making a movie about it. Just released – to tantalize us until ComicCon no doubt – is a brand new photo from Marvel Studios next superhero film THOR which reveals the throne room of Asgard. As with previous pictures, the design seems to keep in line with the shiny metallic, almost alien look given to the gods.
The photo comes from latinoreview.com, who have also superscanned the picture to show closer looks of Odin (Anthony Hopkins, in front of the throne) & Loki (Tom Hiddleston, lower left corner).
THOR is set to be released May 6th, 2011.
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'Thor' & 'Captain America' 3-D

–Plus New THOR Picture–


The L.A. Times confirmed that Marvel Studios’ THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA will both be released — but NOT shot in 3-D, using the contraversial post-production conversion process.
THOR director Kenneth Branagh justified the descision.
“It’s another draft of the story that can reveal itself in a different way. I had a healthy degree of skepticism up front … I’ve become somebody extremely excited about working with possibilities of doing it this way.”
Also confirmed is that THOR will take place both in Asgard and in a town in New Mexico where Thor (Christopher Hemsworth) will be exiled by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
In the photo below are Hemsworth as Thor, Hopkins as Odin, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. None are wearing their iconic helmets, leading me to suspect we might only see those in battle scenes.

L-R Helmsworth, Hopkins, and Hiddleston
L-R Hemsworth, Hopkins, and Hiddleston

THOR is due in theaters May 6th, 2011.
The article also revealed that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER director Joe Johnston did in fact shoot a day of tests with 3-D camera rigs, only to reject the equipment as too cumberson and limiting in terms of filmmaking.
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige said that the conversion of the films will be pleasing, especially as all the effects were planned for and will be executed in 3-D.