'The Avengers' — Official Trailer

Press Release:
Joss Whedon brings together the ultimate team of superheroes in the first official trailer for Marvel’s The THE AVENGERS — out Summer 2012

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
The Avengers continues the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

Avengers Assemble—Promo Art

Here’s three pieces of promotional artwork for Marvel Sudios/Disney’s THE AVENGERS.

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The artworks shows Captain America in a cowl with his ears showing, production photos have shown Cap (Chris Evans) in a masked helmet not unlike his recent WWII outfit, and maskless, fighting beside Thor (Chis Hemsworth).

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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Thor

Not Available at Most Home Depots: Chris Hemsworth wields his mighty weapon... and his hammer... in THOR.
Not Available at Most Home Depots: Chris Hemsworth wields his mighty weapon... and his hammer... in THOR.

Most Mother’s Days, loving children show their gratitude with flowers and breakfast in bed. This Mother’s Day, the kids had the option of taking Mom to the multiplex, where she could drool over the handsomely chiseled Thor in the newest, big-screen adventure out of the Marvel stable. Is THOR — directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth as the mighty-thewed (thewed?) God of Thunder,  Natalie Portman as his potential love-interest, and Anthony Hopkins as Big Daddy Odin, with a special guest appearance by Gort’s younger, more ambitious brother — the film that will bring a Shakespearean gravitas to comic book drama, or is it just so much table setting for the impending THE AVENGERS movie? Join The Chronic Rift’s John Drew and Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons as they discuss the movie behind the myth.

CFQ Round Table Podcast 2:17.1

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In this week’s installment of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski render their opinions on the week’s top news stories and upcoming theatrical releases: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger be back as the Terminator? Is Joss Whedon’s upcoming THE AVENGERS worth anticipating? Do we really need to know Conan the Barbarian’s origin story? And will THOR thunder into theatres like a mythical god?


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'The Avengers' Begins Production

From Marvel Studios’ Press Release:

 

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Empty Chaires, meant for Heroes

Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.
Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury.
Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time.
The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”
“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.
The creative production team also includes Oscar nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”), production designer James Chinlund (“25th Hour”), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2,” “The Matrix”), visual effects producer Susan Pickett (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“Superman Returns”), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Iron Man,” “War of the Worlds”). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell (“Collateral”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Crazy Heart”).

'Almighty Thor' – Trailer

“Mockbuster” ALMIGHTY THOR premieres on Syfy on May 7, 2011 and DVD/VOD on May 10, 2011.
Starring: Kevin Nash, Patricia Velasquez, Cody Deal, and Richard Grieco.
Directed by Christopher Ray (REPTISAURUS), written by Eric Forsberg (MEGA PIRANNA).
Christopher Ray is the son of indie SF/Horror director Fred Olen Ray.
For more information visit www.theasylum.cc

New 'Thor' Clip — Hawkeye?

Hawkeye (Jeremey Renner) seems to be perched in a bucket lift aiming at Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is this clip from the upcoming THOR.
The video originally came from IGN, but their code doesn’t seem to like our software, so this is via Fancomic’s YuuTube page.
THOR hit the screen in standard and post-rendered 3D on May 6th from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it also stars Anthony Hopkins,  Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston,  Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard,  Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, and  Idris Elba.
 

'Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers' —Trailer 2

Episode two of Marvel Knights Animation’s THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS goes on sale this Wednesday, April 6th.
“Adapted from the acclaimed story by superstar creators Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, the Prince of Lies has seized the throne of Asgard and marked the Mighty Thor for execution. Now, Loki finally has a chance to tell tale of his brother’s crimes… and inflict the punishment he has craved for eons.”
The CG animation looks a little on the stiff side, to me. Apparently, the Marvel Knights Animated tales lie somewhere between “motion comics” and actual animation.