On this week’s episode of our podcast Entertainment Geekly, Jeff Jensen and I examine every major nerd-baiting Hollywood blockbuster hitting theaters between May and August. Whether you’re a camp-TV cultist, a comic book obsessive, a three-breasted mutant-prostitute enthusiast, or just someone who has ever played a board game, there’s something for you. The source material comes from every corner of the ComicCon-verse: There’s the Total Recall remake, and the Dark Shadows remake-spoof, and Ridley Scott’s long-awaited Prometheus, which is a prequel or a remake or…well, a something of his sci-fi classic Alien. There’s also a holy trifecta of superhero films — The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises — which form a handy state-of-the-genre examination of the whole notion of comic book movies. Oh, and Battleship. READ FULL STORY
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Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Hawkeye and Katniss? 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: Iron Man/Tony Stark
First comic appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March 10, 1963), created by Stan Lee, written by Larry Lieber, and designed by Don Heck and Jack Kirby
First movie appearance: Iron Man (2008); $318.4 million domestic, $585.1 million worldwide
Portrayed by: Save for an array of voice actors that have brought the metallic toon to life, Robert Downey, Jr. was the first thesp to bring Iron Man to the tough, non-pixelated reality of live-action.
Origin story: After a car crash killed both of his parents, brilliant engineer Tony Stark inherited Stark Industries. During a military field test, a land mine exploded and sent a piece of shrapnel into Stark’s chest, lodging somewhere near his heart. While Stark was held prisoner at a terrorist camp and instructed by his captives to construct advanced weapons, he instead worked with his cellmate to manufacture a magnetic chest plate that prevented the shrapnel from ever reaching his heart. At the same time, Stark built a crude battlesuit — the first Iron Man armor, replete with unrefined weaponry and basic defenses — that he used to break out of captivity and return home. READ FULL STORY
Liam and Chris Hemsworth are on the verge of something improbable, if not unprecedented. Not only did both brothers hit the genetic lottery, but both are essential components of studio franchises that will dominate the box office this year. Liam, 22, laid the foundation for his character, Gale, in The Hunger Games, and has a role in the upcoming AARP action film, Expendables 2. Chris, 28, is, literally, a Norse god, playing Thor again in The Avengers, as well as the Huntsman in the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.
What makes the Hemsworths’ success so unusual is that it contradicts one of the quirky unwritten laws of Hollywood stardom, which seems to predicate that when brothers experience renown in the movie business, one of them absorbs the celebrity and enormous success while the other operates in the shadows. Jeff and Beau Bridges. Matt and Kevin Dillon. Alec and Every Other Baldwin. (In a way, it’s not unlike Sith lords.) READ FULL STORY
So The Avengers is one huge movie uniting six superheroes with amazing super origins and super skills. They partner up, somewhat reluctantly, when the Earth is threatened by Loki and his minions. But if push came to shove, as it does in a few scenes in the film, who would emerge supreme? Thor is a god, Iron Man is a flying weapon of mass destruction, and the Hulk is an angry green mutant. Would Black Widow and Hawkeye even have a chance? We asked the cast members at last night’s premiere in Hollywood which character would win a hypothetical battle royale in a steel cage, and they seemed to agree on the supe who would come out on top. (Hint: He’s green.)
Of greater interest, perhaps, was the general consensus on which actor would handle all comers. “I think in the end, Renner would probably win,” said Scarlett Johansson, echoing some of her other castmates. “Because he is a scrappy kind of guy. He’s done so many Bourne and Mission: Impossible type movies at this point that surely he’s picked up some special skills.”
“Really? They said me?” said Renner. “I don’t know about that. Hemsworth and Evans have way more muscle than me. I’m not a fighter. I would rather shake some drinks and make martinis for everybody than fight them.”
Click through our photo gallery to see the stars on the red carpet and read their opinions on who’s the biggest, baddest of them all.
(Reporting by Carrie Bell.)
Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? Can Thor live-tweet while holding his hammer? Will Nick Fury bedazzle his eye patch? Will Clint Barton bring the gun show to the red carpet? Can Natasha Romanoff answer the same inane questions from the press line without beating a poor journalist to a pulp? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?
Sure, today’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?
Sure, tomorrow’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
‘The Avengers’ clip: Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill tussles with Nick Fury, verbally
New ‘Avengers’ clip: Scarlett Johansson fights Russians, in a leotard, with both hands tied behind her back
‘The Avengers’: 21 New Photos
The teaser for the movie trailer, or “trailer trailers” — this new species of Hollywood marketing — is suddenly everywhere, hyping the first looks at movies like Prometheus, John Carter, The Avengers, Total Recall, and now the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Rian Johnson sci-fi thriller Looper (embedded below). As the Los Angeles Times noted today, movie trailer releases have become massive events in their own right, so studio marketing machines have seized upon the idea of giving them mini-ad campaigns to build up interest for them.
So is this new promotional tool a boon, activating a fan base’s excitement and making general audiences feel more connected to what’s playing at the multiplex? Or is it an invasive strain of artificial hype that threatens to wipe out all other forms of entertainment life until we are left with only a feedback loop of advertising for advertising of advertising featuring commemorative t-shirts that are also advertisements?
Or, to put it in bean-counter terms, are they getting more people to go see movies? READ FULL STORY
AMC Theatres is encouraging a nation of young geeks to skip school on May 3 by hosting a Marvel movie marathon, leading up to a midnight screening of Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated Avengers (or, as it’s known in Anatolia: Super Spin-Off Battalion Squad, Part 6 — Battalion Squad Convene!!!). The fun starts at 11:30 with the beloved Iron Man, at which point fun will take a break for The Incredible Hulk (which is worse than you remember) and Iron Man 2 (which is better than you remember but still worse than it should’ve been.) READ FULL STORY
We all know that Loki is the main villain in the upcoming Avengers movie. We guessed that years ago, because Loki was the original villain Avengers #1 and geeks love it when Hollywood butters them up with canon. Then Tom Hiddleston’s Loki started showing up in every Avengers trailer saying something to the effect of “Grr, I’m the villain in this movie, snarl!” But Loki’s presence has been a cover-up for a surprisingly well-kept mystery: Just who is the mysterious “army” attacking the earth’s population and generally pulling a Roland Emmerich on New York City? Well, LEGO just released some photos of their new Avengers-themed toys, and a couple of the images seem to show members of that attacking army. Unfortunately…well, they look like LEGOs. We’ve got some theories, though. Check out an image after the jump — it might be a spoiler, and at least one of these theories is probably correct, so if you’d prefer to see Avengers totally unaware, then stop reading now. READ FULL STORY
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