Most fans of the source material will be flocking to theaters this weekend to see The Avengers, the epic culmination of characters and storylines spanning five films, with a mix of excitement and apprehension. But with so much that could have gone wrong, I’m happy to say that writer/director Joss Whedon got so much right, crafting an experience that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts. This film is popcorn cinema at its finest and its going to make so much money.
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Like the old saying goes, any great team is more than the sum of its parts. That concept is illustrated brilliantly in The Avengers, which escalates the scope and characterization of Marvel’s movie universe into the stratosphere and delivers the most entertaining, most satisfying and what might be the greatest comic book movie ever.
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The Avengers can be seen as the antithesis of Spider-Man 3. Whereas Sam Raimi’s much-maligned blockbuster suffered from too many villains in one film, The Avengers has to spend much of its two hour and twenty minute running time just introducing its main characters and getting the audience up to speed. Luckily, writer and director Joss Whedon manages to keep the pace high and even the periods of long exposition don’t wear out their welcome. Most of the dialogue is exactly what we’ve all come to expect from a Marvel film; witty banter, tons of one-liners and sexual innuendo, etc. Robert Downey Jr., whose role as Iron Man kicked off this whole event four years ago, gets probably the most screen time of anyone and delivers every line, funny or not, with conviction.
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We’ve got just about two months left until GI Joe 2: Retaliation hits theaters, and I’m already increasingly impatient, thanks to the new trailer that debuted today. The new preview gives some more story details, lots of great looks at Cobra Commander and Firefly, and reveals of some pretty badass looking vehicles! Check it out after the jump…
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We’ve know for a while now that Loki’s alien army would be getting the toy treatment in Hasbro’s The Avengers movie series. Buzz around Toy Fair back in February seemed to suggest we’d see at least two soldier figures– a single-pack and a deluxe version– to troop build the forces of the sinister God of Lies in his campaign against Earth’s mightiest heroes. Now those rumors have been confirmed… along with the long-lived question of what kind of aliens these guys actually are.
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The folks behind GI Joe Retaliation unveiled a series of pretty badass character posters from the upcoming movie. Everything we’ve seen so far makes Retaliation seem like a highlight of the Summer blockbusters, and these new posters have a great sense of cool to them. Check out all eight posters below…
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A new Avengers spot started making the rounds on TV and online recently. Not only does the trailer continue to tease us with more awesome-looking (and appropriately big-scale action), but we get a much better look at the alien army being controlled by Loki.We know they’re not Skrulls, but could the alien menace be the Korbinites?
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I’m in a glass cage of emotion right now. After years of false starts and hopeful rumors, a sequel to the incredible movie Anchorman is officially a go! Will Ferrell made the announcement in-character as Ron Burgundy on Conan last night, but how did he break the news?
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The full trailer for Prometheus debuted this weekend at Wonder Con, and hit the web pretty much immediately. The new trailer gives us a much closer look at the upcoming movie and puts to rest any doubt that this is indeed a prequel to Alien. Oh, and it looks fantastic!
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There’s some changes coming to the Spidey we know and love in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man movie, and Sony’s newly-launched viral marketing campaign gives us some new hints about what’s new. Check out the new viral video that reveals the new Daily Bugle… and who may be taking over the J. Jonah Jameson role in the reboot!
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