If you've seen a trailer or a TV spot for the new sequel/sort of spin-off The Bourne Legacy, then you've probably seen Aaron Cross, the stronger, faster heir to Jason Bourne's mantle, plummeting down a narrow alleyway, landing on a bad guy, then disarming another. It's a cool stunt, one Jeremy Renner pulls off with style, and it's being used as the money shot in much of the movie's advertising. Now, you can see it with a little more context, as the first clip from The Bourne Legacy is available to view online.
A new international poster for this summer's The Bourne Legacy has turned up online, and like everything else we've seen promoting the film, it's working overtime to convey that despite not including Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, this fourth entry in the franchise will still deliver all the elements that you expect from a Bourne movie.
It was only a matter of time, I suppose. The Bourne Legacy has been delayed by a hair, moving back one week from Friday, August 3rd to the following Friday, August 10th. There's no need to worry that the first Damon-less Bourne adventure is in trouble however, as the rescheduling is an entirely reasonable move to keep the fourth franchise installment from going head to head with Total Recall or being overwhelmed by residual Bat-madness from The Dark Knight Rises.
Following the very teasery teaser trailer released way back in February, Universal Pictures has dropped the first full-length theatrical trailer for The Bourne Legacy. This trailer makes it abundantly clear that our new hero, Aaron Cross played by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, doesn't shy away from ballistic action. While this is the first movie in the Bourne franchise to lack star Matt Damon, you'll still hear the name "Jason Bourne" repeated endlessly throughout.
Over the last decade and change, the superheroic exploits of neon gods in spandex and armor have become one of our most reliable sources of blockbuster entertainment. Ever since Bryan Singer's X-Men and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man ushered in the modern age of the comic book movie, the Marvel Comics stable of iconic heroes have dominated the popular culture and multiplexes across the country. Now, even with comic book adaptations having saturated our sensibilities, The Avengers is something truly unprecedented.
It's the event movie towards which Marvel Studios and its head honcho Kevin Feige have been building since the studio's first feature, 2008's Iron Man. It's culmination of years of planning and ambitious, never-before-attempted franchise cross-pollination between The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and both Iron Man films. It's also an outstanding standalone piece of pop entertainment, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon ably providing thrills and juggling characters as writer-director.
Those characters Whedon so impressively juggles are played by an all-star cast, each of them capable of carrying their own franchise and many of them having done just that. IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was amongst the global entertainment journalists present at the Los Angeles press day for The Avengers. Held in LA the day after the film's premiere, the press conference included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, and Cobie Smulders, all of whom were happy to discuss making the film together.
Since Nick Fury first showed up in Tony Stark's living room after the credits of 2008's Iron Man, the post-credits scene has been a ubiquitous presence in the Marvel Studios films, to the point that there have been seemingly endless jokes about Nick Fury recruitment scenes following any and every movie. Well, The Avengers is the ultimate Marvel movie, so it's only appropriate that it should have not one, but two additional scenes during and after the end credits.
At times, The Avengers feels like a twelve year-old's fever dream of a comic book movie, pitting heroes against one another in slugfests that give life to years of "Who would win in a fight" discussions. One such knock-down, drag-out action scene was glimpsed two weeks ago in a clip showing Iron Man and Thor slapping each other silly. Just hours away from The Avengers arriving in domestic theaters, director Joss Whedon has provided a bit of running commentary on that clip.
Just days out from the film's domestic release, The Avengers is pretty much everywhere right now, permeating the popular culture in that particular manner of a massively hyped blockbuster. It's only fitting, since this first-of-its-kind comic book movie is the culmination of years of ambitious universe building at Marvel Studios, assembling the heroes of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger in one mega-movie.
When Marvel first announced the writer-director of the event movie towards which the studio has been striving, those unfamiliar with Joss Whedon may have scratched their heads. After all, the man Marvel chose to be at the helm of its crossover had but one directorial feature to his credit, 2005's sci-fi adventure Serenity. Whedon's fans, however, knew well that the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse was just the man for job.
His work on those television series demonstrated Whedon's unparalleled skill with witty dialogue and nimble character development, especially when juggling ensembles of characters, each with their own unique voice. Who better suited, then, to oversee the gathering of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo as their respective superheroes? Apparently no one, since word on The Avengers is uniformly enthusiastic, and it looks as though the film actually lives up to the hype.
At the Los Angeles press day for The Avengers, Joss Whedon talked to journalists, including IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick. The writer-director discussed translating a comic book to the screen,the challenges of constructing the story, handling the characters, delivering the proper spectacle, and the importance of Steve Rogers.
Opening in theaters on May 4th is the highly anticipated and soon-to-be summer blockbuster The Avengers, which was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film marks the culmination of a promise that began in 2008 with Iron Man and continued in the years to follow with Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, introducing new Marvel characters that all exist in one unifying cinematic Marvel universe. Marvel Studios has succeeded in the impossible, bridging together several different film franchises to create one world where all of Marvel Studio's on-screen characters can coexist and form the popular superhero-team The Avengers, based on the classic comic book co-created by the legendary Stan "The Man" Lee.
The Avengers was written and directed by fanboy favorite Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cabin in the Woods) and truly stars an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) as Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Thor, Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner (Thor) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger) as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston (Thor) as Loki, Cobie Smulders (TV's How I Met Your Mother) as Maria Hill, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor) as Phil Coulson, Stellan Skarsgard (Thor) as Erik Slevig, and Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Pepper Potts.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with actor Clark Gregg to discuss his work on The Avengers. The actor talked about the new film, being a central part of the Marvel on-screen universe, having doubts early on that The Avengers would even get made, the emotional depth of the film, watching the original character her created become part of the Marvel comic book world and the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, his character's fear, working with writer/director Joss Whedon; his terrific script, and whether or not we will see Agent Phil Coulson in future Marvel Studio films.
Though the Hulk has had two separate theatrical features, Marvel's Gamma-irradiated green behemoth has not yet managed to connect with audiences on the level of, say, Iron Man or Captain America. Bruce Banner and his rage-fueled id monster alter ego play a supporting role in this Friday's big ensemble blockbuster The Avengers, with Mark Ruffalo taking up Banner's mantle. The response to this new take on the character has been strong enough that we might see yet another Hulk movie in the next few years.