With Avengers Assemble hitting DVD & Blu-ray on September 17th, an extended scene featuring Loki and Hawkeye plus a fun blooper reel for the movie have hit the internet. Although you can understand why the Loki-Hawkeye scene was shortened, it’s still an interesting addition to the film.
If you want to ensure a good release date, you need to stake it out early, and that certainly seems to be Marvel’s thinking, as they’ve now set a release day for The Avengers 2, amost three years before it will arrive! However it does mean we’ve not got a date for your diary, so when is the movie coming?
Well, here’s the statement from Marvel’s parent company, Disney, ‘The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the Untitled Marvel’s Avengers Sequel set for release May 1, 2015.’
Sadly there’s no more info than that, although with Thor 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy (and possibly Ant Man) due before them, there’ll certainly be plenty of opportunity to build up to mash-up.
The first episode of the second season of the fun web-series Husbands has hit the internet – and best of all, it features a cameo from Avengers director Joss Whedon! There are also appearances from Dollhouse’s Dichen Lachman, Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer and Buffy’s Emma Caulfield, so it’s certainly far more star-studded than most web series can muster. But then, as Husbands was co-created by former Buffy and Dollhouse producer Jane Espenson, she has a great range of actors she can call upon, with the likes of Buffy’s Amber Benson set to appear in upcoming episodes.
Husbands is set in a fictional America where gay marriage is legal everywhere, and two celebrities – one an openly gay actor and the other a newly out baseball player – drunkenly get hitched in Las Vegas. Despite the fact it’s all happened a bit quick, their worry about scandal and disgracing the hard won right of gays getting married means they decide to keep their secret and try to make the relationship work. In season 2 they’re still dealing with the difficulties of gay life and the even more unusual challenges of gay celebrities, where they have to negotiate what America expects of their homos.
The series is directed by Jeff Greenstein, who produced episodes of Friends and Will & Grace, and stars Brad Bell as Cheeks and Sean Hemeon as Brady. The next episode will be released on August 29th. The can find out more at the show’s website. [Read more…]
Much of The Avengers success wasn’t just down to bringing a load of superheroes together, it was in the way Joss Whedon did it. Marvel Studios seems to have realised that, as they’ve signed Joss to a three-year deal, which will cover The Avengers 2, development of a TV series and possibly other projects too.
At Comic-Con Whedon said he was yet to decide whether he would write and direct Avengers 2, but now it seems as deal has been struck as Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Whedon is on-board for the highly-anticipated sequel. He’s also confirmed that Whedon is involved in the development of an ABC live-action television series that will be set inside the Marvel cinematic universe
Marvel’s The Avengers took the box office by storm this summer, raking in a massive $616.7 million at the domestic box office, and over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the third highest grossing movie of all time. The sequel won’t hit theaters until at least 2015, since Marvel Studios currently has the sequels Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and an animated Guardians Of The Galaxy movie slated for release between now and 2014.
In probably the least surprising development in the history of cinema, with The Avengers having made over $700 million in les than two weeks, Disney CEO Robert Iger has confirmed a sequel is in the works and that they hope to use the movie as a springboard for other Marvel franchises.
Iger told CNBC, “Marvel’s The Avengers isn’t just a film. It’s a franchise, from our perspective. It was helped by the success of the Iron Man movies and Captain America: The First Avenger. From the Avengers we get a chance to make Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 and hopefully another Marvel’s The Avengers movie.
“This one film, which was successful, over $700 million, as you said, as of last night, is going to get a number of other films and franchises. We see tremendous interest in products and in games for Marvel’s The Avengers. We have an ability to leverage what was a very fun film done by a great group of film makers into something much bigger for the company and the effect will be prolonged and that’s very, very exciting for us.”
However just because Iger says it, doesn’t mean he’s not going to have difficulty getting the full team back together. While the likes of Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have lengthy contracts that guarantee their participation in individual sequels and The Avengers 2, Robert Downey’s Jr. contract only runs through Iron Man 3. A new deal would have to be worked out for him, and if they want Joss Whedon back, he’ll also need a new contract. As Marvel is well known for refusing to pay as much as many others in the industry are prepared to, it may prove tough getting both of them back.
This weekend exactly 10 years ago, an adaptation of a Marvel comic became the very first movie to make $100 million is a single weekend. That film was Spider-man and now, a decade on, another Marvel property has become the first movie to power past $200 million in only three days in the US, smashing numerous records in the process.
The film took $200.3 million on its US release, which is by far the biggest opening ever, ahead of last year’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’s $169 million. It became the fastest film to $100 million, $150 million and $200 million, took the biggest Saturday ($69.7 million) and Sunday ($50.1 milion) gross ever and had the highest per-theatre average ever for a nationwide release of $46,057.
Perhaps just as impressively its already beaten the lifetime US take of Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk, and will almost certainly pass both Iron Man films by next weekend. It’s a massive vindication of Marvel’s plan to make a series of interconnected movies and will ensure we see many more movies featuring the characters in the future.
The only bad news what that The Avengers dominance meant all the other movies in the top 10 took a big hit, but cinema owners are unlikely to be complaining, and will hope this is only the beginning of a huge summer. Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of May 4th-6th 2012.
|Weekend Gross (millions)
|Total Gross to date (millions)
|Think Like A Man
|The Hunger Games
|The Lucky One
|The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
|The Five-Year Engagement
|The Three Stooges
Stars from the summer’s most hotly anticipated film celebrated imagination at the New York premiere of ‘The Avengers’. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders and Tom Hiddleston reflected on their experience of making the film and bringing the comic book series to the big screen. Bombay Sapphire announces the launch of their Imagination Series Filmmakers Competition at Tribeca Film Festival this week, hosting the exclusive after-parties of Emily Blunt’s ‘Your Sister’s Sister’, Chris Rock’s ‘2 Days In New York’ and the closing premiere, summer blockbuster ‘The Avengers’.
To celebrate filmmakers around the world, Bombay Sapphire, in association with Tribeca Film Festival, is offering budding filmmakers the chance to make their own short film, using their imagination to interpret Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s short film script. From the 26th of April, budding filmmakers can view the script at www.imaginationseries.com and can submit their interpretation of the Geoffrey’s script on this site from the 8th of May 2012. A global judging panel, including Geoffrey Fletcher and industry leaders put together by the Tribeca Film Festival, will select five winners from a shortlist of entries who will then go on to produce and direct their own individual films and view these at a star-studded international premiere early 2013.
After years of build up, it’s finally here. While fanboys have long worried The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble as Disney wants us to call it in the UK, apparently because Brits are incapable of telling the difference between a 1960s TV show and a 2012 superhero movie) couldn’t live up to the hype, Joss Whedon has delivered.
It’s an action packed, rip-roaring juggernaut of a film, which pulls off the impressive trick of perfectly balancing a large ensemble cast, so that it feels as if everyone is there for a reason and has their own character arc. [Read more…]
The clips that have been released from Avengers Assemble have certainly helped to up the anticipation for the movie – not that it needs it, as tracking is already suggesting a $150 million plus US opening weekend! The latest clip sees Loki imprisoned and in a battle of words with Nick Fury. Clcik to take a look. The film hits UK cinemas on April 26th.
Avengers Assemble opens 27th, but before then a new clip has emerged, featuring Captain America and Thor fighting together, with the suggestion it’s not the easiest of alliances.