Okay, let's get this out there immediately: This is the most minor of minor updates, and will be accordingly brief. Basically, this is seizing another opportunity to geek out about the fact that The Avengers is an actual thing that is actually happening. An image of a theater standee has made its way online, showing exactly what the modular display will look like in the lobby of a multiplex near you.
It's no great shakes, as the display created by LAgraphico uses images we've already seen in the form of two banners putting the superheroes in a lineup. The difference is in who is on offer and the minor addition of the actors' names above their character. It's incredibly lame, but something about seeing a standee that includes the main team and credits like "Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye" is just cool.
Since we're all about stills from hyped 2012 blockbusters today, we'd be remiss if we didn't include a morsel or two from The Avengers, the first superhero movie to combine disparate franchises into one mega-crossover. First up we have yet another image of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans as Thor and Captain America, respectively. This is the third official The Avengers image to feature these two particular heroes striking poses on the battle-ravaged streets of Manhattan (shot on location in Cleveland, Ohio, doubling for New York). Since that's sort of familiar, there's also another bit of eye-Brawndo to visually get your eye-electrolytes going: concept art for the Quinjet, the all-purpose flying SHIELD people mover.
Obviously, The Avengers brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk, but what malevolent force could possibly prompt the familiar heroes to venture from their disparate franchises for an ensemble superhero throwdown? Marvel Studios has played it cool regarding the villains in writer-director Joss Whedon's big team-up, with only Tom Hiddleston confirmed as Thor's brother Loki. Mischievous though he may be, Loki can't be the only baddie, and in the absence of official word from Marvel, rumors as to additional villains have run rampant. Now, there may be some support for one such rumor, but be warned, if its true, this is most definitely a SPOILER. I repeat, if this rumor ends up being valid, then from here on out, we're going deep into SPOILER country.
As even the most inattentive schoolchild is aware, America's top three exports are big Hollywood movies, brightly-costumed superheroes, and dopeness. A new international trailer for The Avengers contains at least two of these three exports, as the superhero team-up from Marvel Studios and director Joss Whedon is a huge Hollywood movie containing many a superhero. Scientists are meticulously researching the new Russian trailer, especially the new footage it showcases, to determine the exact degree to which it is empirically dope, but as of this posting, the nation's foremost minds on freshness have yet to reach any solid conclusions.
If Marvel Studios were a person, and you ran into that person on the street today, you'd probably be like, "Oh hey, Marvel. Haven't seen you too much since Captain America: The First Avenger. Nice work on that Avengers trailer though. So what's up with you these days?" The gender-nonspecific person named Marvel would reply, "Ugh, Thor 2 is busting my entirely-figurative balls all the time, but you know I can't really say much," because he/she generally plays some stuff pretty close to the vest. In an awkward pause during the ensuing conversation, though, Marvel would casually mention changing the release date of a mysterious project, then jump right to The Avengers being a 3D release, which you've long suspected to be the case.
Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay for The Avengers, so we know damn well that anytime two or more characters are talking, Marvel's ginormous ensemble is going to click like clockwork. Whedon has proven time and again that he can write endlessly playful dialogue, but Marvel and Disney can't exactly sell The Avengers as the superhero movie to end all superhero movies based principally on its dialogue; appealing to a broad audience is about action, right? That's why two new official stills from the film show members of Marvel's premier superteam getting their action on with aplomb. The first features the most cinematically well-established hero of the bunch, Iron Man, tooting around over the streets of Manhattan, while the second has Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor doing what they do.
The good news: A new international trailer for next summer's The Avengers has made its way online, and it contains some all new, previously unseen footage of the superteam in action. The bad news: It's all in German. As far as bad news goes, though, that's not so bad, since it's actually sort of really fun to hear Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark speaking Deutsch. Same goes for the rest of the team. And it's not that hard to get the basic idea, since the trailer follows the exact structure of the domestic teaser, but liberally sprinkles the new stuff throughout. Sharp-eared listeners with a passing knowledge of German will caught some Stark dialogue straight from the D23 Expo footage, and fans of Captain America will get to see Chris Evans hurling a shield and leaping from a plane.
Marvel Studios has unveiled two new international banners for The Avengers featuring all the major players in the film that we're aware of, all striking their heroic poses in two separate line ups. In fact, with two not terribly notable exceptions, they're all striking the same poses that they adopted in the two almost identical banners released a month ago. This time though, Marvel has removed the big "A" symbols from over everyone's image. So skip on down to see Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Hiddleston as Avengers, agents of SHIELD, and a bad guy deity.
A decade of ubiquitous superhero movies have made the following sentence possible: Captain America has replaced Harry Osborn in a hitman movie starring the new General Zod. Following the departure of James Franco, Chris Evans has joined the cast of The Iceman, which stars Michael Shannon as the title character, real life professional murderer Richard Kuklinski. To clarify, Evans plays Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming The Avengers, while Franco played Harry Osborn in all three Spider-Man films, and Shannon is currently filming his role as the villain in the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Moving on.*
So The Avengers is in the middle of post-production, meaning you can no longer rely on set photos and the like to provide your fix of Marvel crossover smack. Today, though, we have an info nugget that will not only give a little dose of The Avengers news, but will also delight fans of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Specifically, fans of Tony Stark's snarky artificial intelligence program J.A.R.V.I.S. Apparently the auditory sidekick and convenient deliverer of exposition will not only have a part in Marvel's big ensemble, but Paul Bettany confirms that he will again be voicing the character.