Chris Evans has a lot going on at the moment. This month, he has not one, but two movies arriving in theaters, with the drama Puncture in limited release this Friday and romantic comedy What's Your Number? going wide at the very end of September. While promoting Puncture, a true story in which he stars as a drug-addicted lawyer crusading for safer medical needles, Evans has addressed endless questions about the future of Steve Rogers, who he played in this summer's Captain America: The First Avenger. Having just wrapped up work on the Marvel crossover event The Avengers, Evans provided his thoughts on when exactly the planned Captain America sequel will materialize and whether or not we'll be seeing him cross-pollinating other Marvel franchises like Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, and Samuel L. Jackson before him.
With Captain America: The First Avenger having come and gone theatrically, the next release from Marvel Studios will be the much-hyped crossover The Avengers, towards which Marvel has been building ever since Samuel L. Jackson showed up after the credits in Iron Man.
The ensemble just recently wrapped up production, meaning no more new The Avengers set photos, but an extensive trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Captain America: The First Avenger includes a rapid-fire look behind the scenes of writer-director Joss Whedon's superhero spectacular. We've got that trailer, some screengrabs, and technical spec for the Captain America discs.
On Friday, a batch of set photos showed almost the entire cast of The Avengers laughing it up whilst shooting in Manhattan's Central Park. Aside from the fact that everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Stellan Skarsgard were present, it was a fairly low-key affair, with the superheroes wearing civilian outfits, except for Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki, who prefer their ostentatiously regal Asgardian outfits. As I understand it, The Avengers is finishing up with principal photography, wrapping any moment now in New York, but a new round of images from the New York set this weekend show Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner in costume as Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, respectively. These contain what could very well be considered spoilers, but they also afford our best actual look at Renner in costume as SHIELD's premiere archer.
The Avengers is finishing up principal photography with two days filming exteriors in New York, the city so nice they named it New York. That means we'll be seeing the end of all the delicious set photos that have provided untold insights and spoilers aplenty on the mega-team-up that Marvel Studios has been building towards for three years and no less than five movies. As one final treat, a batch of new unofficial images from the Manhattan set have emerged online, and this batch is a particular delight. Why? Because it shows all the primary members of the team, along with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Chris Hemsworth sports his regal Asgardian outfit, while Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner are all in civvies. And hey, Stellan Skarsgard is present and accounted for, too.
Just a few days ago, a piece of tie-in comic book comic art showed the superhero ensemble of The Avengers hanging out on the SHIELD helicarrier. Simply as proof that the ambitious Marvel Studios team-up is actually, really happening, the image was thrilling, though the titular team was not exactly striking a particularly dynamic pose. Now, a brand new promotional image removes Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and moves the superheroes from the confines of SHIELD to the streets, where Thor is doing quite a bit of damage to a city street. You have to imagine that municipal workers the world over get a little anxious when they see the Avengers on the way, given the amount of collateral damage the super team no doubt causes.
Over the last few weeks, we've seen plenty of material related to The Avengers make its way online. There was the new footage shown for the crowd at Disney's D23 Expo, and no shortage of unofficial photos and videos from the Ohio set, where the fair city of Cleveland has been doubling for New York. Today, we have something a little different in the form of a promotional image depicting the whole illustrated superhero team properly assembled under the leadership of an equally-illustrated Chris Evans as Captain America.
For the last few weeks, production on Marvel's super-mega-team-up The Avengers has turned sections of downtown Cleveland, Ohio into what looks like an intergalactic war zone, with several superheroes involved in fisticuffs with men in motion-capture suits and, more importantly, lots and lots of stuff getting blown up. While this has afforded looks at Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth as Captain America and Thor on the simulated streets of New York in broad daylight, today brings set videos of a different stripe, but beware, minor spoilers are contained within.
Marvel Studios assembled The Avengers at D23 on Saturday with several members of the cast on hand and the unveiling of some impressive footage that made many fans geek-out. “We’ve been busy assembling a Marvel world,” said Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige. “But here we are. We’re in production on The Avengers in Ohio right now. It’s really amazing.”
The presentation began with a really cool montage clip that featured all of the important story beats from Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger that will play into the events of the upcoming The Avengers. The montage began with Nick Fury’s introduction in Iron Man, and also included the General Ross/Tony Stark scene from The Incredible Hulk, as well as the end credit scene from Thor, and glimpses of all of the main characters from their previous appearances.
The montage reminded me of just how difficult a task this was for Marvel Studios to pull off, and how impressive it is that they are actually in the process of shooting The Avengers right now! Remember, in order to make this one film, Marvel gambled that five other movies would be successful enough to justify this kind of a project. If the scenes we saw next were any indication, I would say that the gamble paid off big time!
For years, Comic-Con International in San Diego has been the premiere location for unveiling big news and exciting imagery from a comic book adaptation or otherwise geek-friendly movie. Every year, more than 100,00 genre enthusiasts flock to Southern California, and studios capitalize in a huge way. Back in 2003, the fist image of Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2 was revealed; in summer of '07, The Dark Knight played an elaborate viral game, and last year, the cast of The Avengers duly assembled for photos.
Marvel Studios was a consistent presence in San Diego, but with Disney's acquisition of Marvel, the House that Mickey Built has relocated Marvel's principal summer presence to Anaheim in late August, at the studio's annual D23 expo, an enormous fan convention that Disney is now positioning as a rival to Comic-Con. This year, Marvel's presence was felt in a huge way, and IAR's own Jami Philbrick was on hand to report back with the big news. Here, for your convenience and infotainment, is a quick rundown of the highlights, including fact-filled presentations for Pixar's future slate, The Muppets, John Carter, Frankenweenie, and, of course, The Avengers.
With Cleveland standing in for New York during the filming of The Avengers this week, we've seen no shortage of images from the downtown set, pretty much all of which have involved Chris Evans as Captain America. So far, we've seen Cap solo, going up against some dastardly villains who are just burly dudes in motion capture outfits at the moment. Today, there's brand new footage of Cap being joined by Thor, as Evans and Chris Hemsworth fight against mostly imaginary foes on the streets of Cleveland.
Let's all take a moment to appreciate that the residents of Cleveland are exercising their right to stand around for hours to get peek at the production of The Avengers. With appreciation out of the way, let's commence to squealing with delight as the two Marvel heroes who graced screens this summer (both played by guys named Chris. Huh.) team up and throw down. Of course, there are spoilers, so beware.