One of the great fallacies of the modern movie industry is the Beautiful Spin-Off Dream: The notion that you can pluck a supporting character out of a successful film, transplant them into new locales and situations where they can have sexy adventures against a colorful backdrop, and watch the money flow in. Marvel Studios flipped the playbook with their Avengers franchise, essentially creating three successful franchises (and also The Incredible Hulk) which only retroactively became spin-offs. Even before Avengers itself opened this past weekend, Marvel was already plotting their next wave of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America sequels. Now that Avengers has lit up the box office, though, the question becomes: Will the studio aim for another franchise? Or two? Or seven? READ FULL STORY
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Pick a box-office record and The Avengers has probably broken it. Biggest opening weekend of all time? Check. Biggest Saturday gross of all time? Check. Most popular movie released this year featuring intense archery scenes? (Sorry, Hunger Games.) Highest-grossing superhero movie ever? Not yet, but consider this a warning: Dark Knight, your days are numbered.
But as we all know, the most important thing about The Avengers is undoubtedly its role in the brilliant career of one Samuel Leroy Jackson. Back in October, the Guinness Book of World Records named Jackson the highest-grossing actor in the history of movies — the result of Jackson’s insane four-films-per-year work ethic, his willingness to take supporting roles in mega-productions, and what we can only assume is a tremendous sense of humor. READ FULL STORY
Ever since 2008′s Iron Man, the Marvel movies have all featured cute little scenes after the end-credits which tease the next big Marvel movie. These scenes tend to feature some piece of comic-fetishist lore that causes fans to shriek while leaving the average civilian scratching their head. Iron Man introduced Nick Fury and the notion of “the Avengers initiative.” Iron Man 2 offered the first look at Thor’s hammer. Thor trotted out Fury again, this time introducing the Tesseract — a double-tease for Captain America and Avengers. In turn, Captain America just ended with a full-on Avengers trailer. Now, Avengers has concluded with the most mythologically explosive — and potentially confusing — end-credits sequence yet. If you’re a Marvel neophyte desperate for an explanation — or if you’re a comic book fan looking for theories about what’s ahead — then read on. (SPOILERS from here.) READ FULL STORY
The Avengers is a big, colorful film about big, colorful characters with big, colorful personalities. “Big” and “colorful” sum up the cycle of Marvel franchise kick starters that preceded Avengers. The two Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk vary in quality, but they all bear the same stamp. It’s a style that dates to the days of when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the important superheroes of the second half of the 20th century. The Lee-Kirby dynamic is rife with controversy, but the simplest version goes like this: Kirby was the medium-reinventing artiste who drew magnetic visions of near-cosmic melodrama; Lee was the self-mocking writer who filled Kirby’s blank spaces with witty banter and human-scale characters. READ FULL STORY
Marvel first debuted their all-star superteam in Avengers No. 1 almost 50 years ago. Today, the team hits the big screen in a geektastic bonanza that’s on track to become one of the biggest blockbusters ever. Of course, the superheroes in the movie look quite a bit different from the original characters. Back in 1963, Iron Man was still wearing a bright robo-suit that made him look like Mr. Clean combined with a Yellow Submarine. Hulk wasn’t as hulking — he was wrestler size, not truck size. Thor had yet to discover facial hair. Captain America was nowhere in sight. And the team was filled out by a pair of diminutive superheroes — supersmart Ant-Man and supersassy Wasp — who have yet to appear on screen. READ FULL STORY
Have you heard about this Avengers movie? Marvel’s ultra-mega superhero spin-off arrives in theaters today with good reviews, supernova buzz, and already over $200 million in foreign ticket sales. The only question is: Will it make an ungodly amount of money, or a really ungodly amount of money? Of course, Avengers is just the first volley in a blockbuster summer season packed with costumed crusaders. In a couple months, Sony will release the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man. A couple weeks later, Christopher Nolan will look to dodge the superhero-threequel curse and bring his Batman saga to a satisfying conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises. This looks like the most superhero-tastic summer since…well, ever. Or at least since the 2008 Iron Man/Dark Knight bumper crop. No, last year doesn’t count. Because Green Lantern, that’s why. READ FULL STORY
Geek culture has become so completely mainstream that even the term “geek culture” sounds like a relic from an earlier era — a time before the biggest movies of the year were all based on the things you loved when you were in fifth grade. That’s especially true today. A decade ago, the notion of a movie like The Avengers would have seemed ridiculous, if not dangerously unstable. The last time someone combined three different movie franchises into one mega-movie, the film was called Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla just made Rodan look irrelevant. (Rodan = The Hawkeye of mid-century Japanese monster movies.) The Avengers has earned plenty of glowing reviews. It is also going to earn a ludicrous amount of money. Everyone involved with The Avengers is going to make many, many more movies about the Avengers. All should be well.
But every silver lining has a cloud. Yesterday, Samuel L. Jackson — Marvel Studios mascot and highest-grossing actor in movie history — took to Twitter to complain about New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott’s review of Avengers. “
#Avengers fans,NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” tweeted Jackson. READ FULL STORY
by Michelle Profis and Grady SmithThe Avengers blasted into theaters just after midnight last night, but for many passionate fans of the Marvel universe, the premiere was a culmination of an entire day with their favorite superheroes. Starting at about 11:30 a.m., fans who paid $40 for tickets, got to see five Marvel films as part of the Ultimate Marvel Marathon, a 13-hour event taking place at 10 AMC theaters across the country that lead up to the midnight premiere. Fans watched (in order) Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor in 3-D, Captain America in 3-D, and then, of course, Joss Whedon’s brand new, well-reviewed 3-D spectacle.
Entertainment Weekly was there to capture all the fandemonium and checked in with marathon-attendees before, during, and after the event to see how they were holding up. Here’s what they had to say! READ FULL STORY
Braving AMC Theatres’ epic Avengers movie marathon today? We applaud your stamina — and your chutzpah. (Not just anyone has the stones to fake the flu so they can watch grown men run around in silly costumes for nearly 14 hours.) Contrary to some joyless jerk’s belief, watching six movies in a row isn’t easy; while the spirit is willing, the flesh requires multiple snack and bathroom breaks. Luckily, EW is here to help.
We’ve carefully examined all five Avengers prequels — Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America — to determine when it’s safe to duck out of the theater without having to worry about missing anything important. (Read: Fight scenes and shots of Scarlett Johansson.) Load up this page before the marathon starts at 11:30 — by the time midnight rolls around, you’ll be prepared to sit still for a full two hours and 22 minutes as Joss Whedon’s new epic plays.
You’re welcome, America.
Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Iron Man and the Iron Giant? In anticipation of the release of The Avengers on May 4, EW’s team of super geeks is here to help guide you through the mythos with our seven-part series of superhero primers, the recently declassified “Avengers Files.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book connoisseur or a Nick Fury newbie — follow along this week as we deconstruct Earth’s mightiest heroes and pose the question: Which Avenger is the mightiest?
Name: Black Widow
First movie appearance: Iron Man 2, $312.4 million domestic, $623.9 worldwide
Portrayed by: Black Widow was a perpetual bit player in various Marvel cartoon shows, most notably in The Super Hero Squad Show, where she was voiced by Lena Headey (a.k.a. Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones). It’s fair to say that Scarlett Johansson’s role as the Widow in Iron Man 2 is probably the first time most people had ever heard of the character. READ FULL STORY