The superhero wars are heating up. With Marvel Studios’ The Avengers now No. 3 on the all-time box-office chart, Warner Bros. appears hungry for a blockbuster superhero group of their own and is trying yet again to rev up a Justice League of America franchise. According to Variety, Will Beall, the screenwriter of the forthcoming crime epic Gangster Squad, has been tapped to pen a script. The new effort comes four years after Warner Bros. grounded a different Justice League project directed by George Miller (Babe, The Road Warrior). At the same time, the studio is developing separate, individual franchises for Justice League members Flash and (for the umpteenth time) Wonder Woman. Behold the legacy of The Avengers: A potential second wind for modern superhero cinema, and an affirmation of Marvel’s shared-universe approach — a business model which Warner Bros. (via DC Entertainment) might be able to milk and maximize in ways Marvel Studios can’t, given that Warner controls all of DC’s most valuable brands (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, in particular) and Marvel, at present, does not (see: Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four). READ FULL STORY
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The Avengers is still reaping boy-band cash in theaters. But the all-seeing eye of the Internet has already shifted forward to 2013, when Marvel will release the Iron Man threequel and the Thor sequel. Earlier this month, Iron Man 3 officially signed James Badge Dale — better known as “the quietly heroic guy from The Pacific,” “the quietly paranoid guy from Rubicon,” and “the dude who got his hand chopped off on 24.” Official word was that Dale was playing Eric Savin, a soldier in the comic books who was fatally injured in combat, only to be resurrected by the magic of ’80s science into the cyborg anti-hero known as Coldblood. However, new photos taken from the set of Iron Man 3 indicate that this version of Savin will incorporate elements of another character. Check out the full-sized photo below: READ FULL STORY
We know that Mads Mikkelsen is in serious talks to play the villain in Thor 2. So the question becomes: Just which villain will he be playing? Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has ruled out at least one serious possibility. (SPOILER ALERT for anyone who still hasn’t seen Avengers.) In a new interview, Brit film magazine Empire asks Feige about the possibility of a Thor 2 appearance by Thanos, the death-obsessed demigod who was pulling Loki’s strings in The Avengers. After indicating that Thanos will be saved for the future (Avengers 2, perhaps), he promised: “There will be a major new villain [in Thor 2]. A major, major new antagonist…”
In the comic books, Thor has typically faced three species of villains: evil Asgardians, earthlings infected by Loki’s magic, or near-omnipotent superbeings. Feige hinted at the nature of that antagonist by talking a bit about the overall feel of the sequel: “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film.” Feige’s hint about the movie’s setting implies that the baddie in Thor 2 will be from the “other side of Asgard.” When reached by EW, Marvel Studios declined further comment on the nature of Thor 2‘s villain or setting. But speaking as a Thor scholar, I think there’s only one character that Mads Mikkelsen could possibly be playing…(Theory Alert!) READ FULL STORY
Because I’m not just a cross-cultural meta-critic but also an assistant buyer in juniors’ activewear, I can explain precisely why The Avengers is such a terrific movie: It’s all about the accessories. Thor, who’s played by that Aussie Viking Chris Hemsworth, smashes bad guys with his magic hammer, as if it were a Birkin packed with bricks. Chris always looks the teensiest bit embarrassed by this, as if he’s holding his wife’s hammer while she’s browsing. Chris Evans, who’s the strong-jawed — in fact, the strong-everythinged — Captain America, has fiddled with his stars-and-stripes spandex for a patchwork, Etsy feeling, but he still protects himself with his round bulletproof shield, which looks like it could also be used to pass hors d’oeuvres at a Fourth of July barbecue. As Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. slips into the world’s most all-powerful outfit, as if it were a jet-propelled, rocket-launching Chanel suit, and the green-skinned Hulk, as played by the adorably dweeby Mark Ruffalo, is pure makeover, switching from rumpled khakis to what the Fashion Police on E! refer to as a pop of color. READ FULL STORY
Marvel’s Avengers achieved a magnificent feat: injection of the “shared universe” notion into the world of blockbuster filmmaking. Now, high on victory fumes, Marvel has accomplished something almost as impressive by making their onscreen universe as confusing as the various strands of their comic book multiverse. A new infographic from The Art of Marvel’s The Avengers maps the chronologies of all six Avengers movies, beginning with the failed Frost Giant invasion of Norway, and including all the stuff that happened in ugly stepchild The Incredible Hulk. The most enjoyable revelation from the timeline is also cuckoo bananas: The events of Thor, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk all took place in the same seven-day period. READ FULL STORY
Rizzoli & Isles returns to TNT with its season 3 premiere on June 5, but star Angie Harmon is anti-spoilers, so the show wasn’t our main topic of conversation at a luncheon following Turner’s upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday. Instead, she wanted to talk about her love for The Avengers. As Harmon’s Twitter followers know, she wants to play She-Hulk. Badly. She recently tweeted a photo of herself “smashing” the sidewalk, and one of her “Twangels” tweeted it back to her color-corrected (pictured below). READ FULL STORY
No one could claim that The Avengers are an evenly matched team of superheroes. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are more-or-less indestructible — Thor can even fly, for Odin’s sake — whereas Captain America (Chris Evans) is just the most fit human being ever with a seemingly shatterproof shield. And while Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are supremely talented, they are very much earthbound mortals. Then there’s Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), who can fly and shoot rockets and such, but is embodied by a highly flawed man who’s always just a hair away from death.
But what about the actors playing all of these roles — are they as lopsidedly matched? READ FULL STORY
Ask Libby...: Libby Gelman-Waxner answers your questions about the 'Citizen Kane' of male stripper movies
It may still be early May, but after The Avengers smashed the box-office last weekend, it’s officially summer at the movies. Marvel’s superhero mash-up has raised the bar, and there’s still plenty of enormous blockbusters on the way. The Dark Knight Rises. The Amazing Spider-Man. Prometheus. Magic Mike? Not surprisingly, EW’s Libby Gelman-Waxner is highest on Channing Tatum’s star-studded male stripper movie. She explains her excitement for the “Citizen Kane of male stripper movies,” and answers your pop-cultural questions below. READ FULL STORY
It’s a good thing Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist — because New York City may need him to take off his super suit and pull out his checkbook. The Hollywood Reporter asked disaster assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp to estimate how much it would cost, theoretically, to repair the damage done to midtown Manhattan in The Avengers. The firm’s dedicated number-crunchers gleefully tented their fingers, put aside their real work, and came up with a hypothetical total: a staggering $160 billion.
Looks like Thor might have to break into Asgard’s treasury as well.
Today in Awesomeness: Joss Whedon thanks his 'peeps' for sticking with him... confirms 'Dr. Horrible' sequel
The Avengers director Joss Whedon took to official fansite Whedonesque today to thank his loyal fans just days after his comic-book epic smashed box-office records. “People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true,” Whedon wrote. “What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all.”
“So this is me, saying thank you,” he continued. “All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go ‘I told you so,’ to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered.”
There’s much, much more, including those promised FAQs answered — get excited Dr. Horrible fans — in a mock Q&A with reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson. Click below or jump to Whedonesque for the entire heartfelt essay. READ FULL STORY
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