Little Avengers Are Pretty Cute

It’s always cute when parents force their children into stupid costumes but it’s also cute (in a less abusive way) when the kids do so of their own free will. Well, thanks to American store Target, now your kids can cosplay the hell out of you wherever you go.

I’m pretty sure there’s no way the costumes are actually as cool as they look in this advert (otherwise why would any kid not want to be Iron Man all the time?) but they’re still pretty awesome and if you were ever – you know – a kid, I think the advert will put a smile on your face.

Now they just need to release some Young Avengers baby grows.

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P.S. There’s no Black Widow costume. I guess Cap thinks girls are stinky or something. He’s from a different era after all.

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Avengers Vs Friends

 

Lazy Sundays mean silly videos and this is about the silliest thing I’ve seen this week. A group of fans got together and made this alternate intro for Avengers Assemble which re-imagines the movie as certain popular sitcom. The shots of Thor alone make this a must watch.

Have a great weekend guys,

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Avengers Assemble Trailer

 

If you’ve not seen it yet then sit down and prepare to freak out. Marvel dropped the best trailer yet for the upcoming Avengers Assemble movie. There’s a tonne of stuff in here that will be familiar to anyone who’s read Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch’s run on The Ultimates (you could almost say the two of them planned it this way all along), but that is far from a bad thing.

Seriously, this is a very cool trailer.

Avengers Assemble is out this May.

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Avengers Movie Renamed

Looking forwards to watching The Avengers in a couple of months? Well you can’t. But, thanks to a last minute name change, you CAN go and see Avengers Assemble.

Disney announced today that due to the existence of the iconic 60s TV show of the same name (as well as the somewhat less iconic movie), they’re changing the UK title of their upcoming super team up movie. So far as we know the film will still be called “The Avengers” around the rest of the world, but we Brits just can’t be trusted to not get confused.

Disney also released a new poster which sticks to their central marketing strategy of reminding everybody that Robert Downey Jr. is in the film. Were it not being heralded as genuine by all the news outlets I’d be calling fake on it as the photoshopping of some of the characters is kinda dodgy (Hawkeye seems to be trying to do some sort of weird, backwards, Michael Jackson leaning thing) but I guess they can’t all be perfect.

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Disassemble! Brian Michael Bendis to Leave Avengers in 2012

They say good things must come to an end and such was the case last night as Avengers mastermind, Brian Michael Bendis announced that he will be stepping down from the book next year.

Bendis took over Avengers in 2004 and made instant headlines when he presented a brand new roster which combined fan favourites like Spider-Man and Wolverine with relative unknowns like Luke Cage and Spider-Woman. The revamped New Avengers were an instant hit and over the course of his 200+ issues on the book, Bendis has taken the Avengers from an ailing old warhorse to a multi-million dollar, cross-media property.

Brian M. Bendis

The Bendis run on Avengers has defined Marvel comics for an entire generation of readers. Speaking with Comic Book Resources, Bendis said:

“I’m going to wrap up Avengers and New Avengers. At the same time the first storyline of Avengers Assemble will be done. It’s a good time to move on to other things. Before I go, though, I’m ending things big. I’m in countdown mode. You know when you’re watching a show like ‘Breaking Badz,’ and every episode feels like the second to last episode? That’s where I’m at. I’ve been on the Avengers longer than anybody in the history of the book. When you take everything into account, I’ve written over 200 issues. I’m very, very proud of that, and what we have coming up this summer gives me the opportunity to go out on a high note. I know enough about showbiz to know that’s a great time to go.”

Bendis will continue to helm the Avengers titles until after next year’s crossover event X-Men vs Avengers after which he will hand over the reigns to an as yet unnamed successor. It’s not like life will be quit for the notoriously prolific writer however. He will continue to write the headline hungry Ultimate Spider-Man as well as several other projects (not least of which include plotting the upcoming Marvel MMO and acting as a script advisor on all of Marvel Studios’ films).

It’s been a hell of a ride Brian, thanks for the stories!

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BTB Investigates: Is Thanos the real Avengers movie bad guy?

The previews for The Avengers movie next year reveals the expected obliterated New York / Chicago / Seattle streets and the various Avengers charging into battle looking pouty and slightly impractically dressed and the suggested central bad guy, Thor’s half brother, Loki, flailing about in a cloak looking fairly imposing in a way an impish theatre actor might in a storm scene on stage. While we’re looking forward to the Avengers movie based on what we’ve seen – I can’t help but think that there’s an absent power behind the throne on this one. There’s a few reasons for this one:

  • Joss Whedon, assigned to direct this little number, is not one to work on a one threat script. Whether it’s Firefly or Buffy or Angel, it’s the initial threat, usually controlled by a shadowy puppet master and then often revealed to be a cosmic threat of unimaginable power. Not just that, he has a wry sense of humour and an acute understanding of what audiences like. He’s also a populist. Unafraid to do what is cool and follow expected narratives, he is a creature of loose habit. His plot structures have always incorporated big and very charismatic entrances of large scale bad guys. He’s also got a history of abstract and old school sci-fi and horror influences in everything he does, usually taking the source material and advancing it to be acceptable to TV/ Movie audiences.
  • Marvel has shown increasing bravery in bringing forward obscure characters from it’s ranks in it’s current spate of films and dealing with broad and fun themes rather than taking themselves too seriously. They also stick pretty close to source material and introduce figures that represent the proper threat for the development of the character.
  • The Avengers themselves have to be facing a threat on a scale that tests them well enough. Thor alone beat Loki. Loki is not a threat. The Hulk is clearly being held in reserve until the effects are finished but who is he going to face?
  • Mark Millar’s Ultimates is informing the Avengers. While there is an invasion of fantasy hordes in Ultimates 2 which may well fill the gap, it’s been well done and may still happen without undermining the theory that it’s Thanos that’ll step into the fray. An Alien invasion isn’t discounted either as appeared in Ultimates 1 and the Nazis might still be involved. Hard to say. Point is extra terrestrial or god attack, it doesn’t matter, Thanos is attached to both.
  • Rumours state that Thano’s glove from the Infinity Gauntlet series is visible on the Avengers set photos. Thanos brought the entire Marvel Universe to a standstill in the early ’90s as he took hold of the Infinity Gauntlet and threatened to destabilise the universe. A threat easily big enough to justify a call out at Avenger’s towers.

But why Thanos? 

Thanos is a being of credible bad that has sulked, skulked and schemed his way around the backwaters of Marvel’s cosmic universe, occasionally bringing the whole thing into doubt with his plans. Lover of the dubiously aged Death and as such effectively immortal, he is a corrupted Titan, a shrugging destroyer of time, space and any sentient being stupid enough to wander into his path. He’s Marvel’s Lobo. He has a death grin, incurable curiosity for how much chaos and death he can cause and how brilliantly he can destabilise the powers of the universe. For fun.

  • He’s a cosmic being and a god. Thor made it clear that Valhalla was a realm in space, responsible for galactic peace. Thanos is a deity on par with the Frost Giants. A corrupted and deformed child of gods. As the story goes according to Marvel.com – On Saturn’s moon of Titan lived a colony of Eternals, and Thanos was born as one of the last sons of the original colonists, Mentor and Sui-san. However, he was born misshapen and monstrous in comparison to the other Eternals, particularly his handsome and carefree brother, Starfox.
  • He is a collector of Cosmic Cubes. The one connecting link between all of the films (excluding Iron Man) is the Cosmic Cubes. The Red Skull was killed by it, underestimating it’s power in Captain America while the Cosmic Cube was cared for by Odin and stolen by Loki at the end of Thor. Thanos has long been associated with the cosmic cubes – which he aquires and uses regularly to keep causing trouble.
  • He’s just returned to the Marvel Universe in a plot involving a cosmic cube. Guardians of the Galaxy, while a lesser known title outside the industry is critically acclaimed and one of Marvel’s most consistent books. Returning wild and beserk, Starlord effectively punches him in the face with it to bring him down. But the fascination with the Cosmic Cube is obvious in the character and clearly a fundamental aspect of Thanos from the view of Marvel.
  • Abnett and Lanning aren’t writing him in the usual way. Thanos has never been hailed or fanfared like a galaxy spanning threat, narratively. Thanos is a tinkerer and walks in from the side lines to see what he can get away with. That wry curiosity and mischievousness was always the defining characteristic of Thanos. Even when associated with the destruction of butt loads of planets, Thanos is intellectually involved but never held up as a purveyor of all-hell-breaking-loose. But Thanos has been elevated this time. He’s not stronger, Thanos was always tough. He’s not more imposing, or larger. But the way he’s being written this time round suggests a greater awe, as if this character is just about to lift beyond his station in Marvel. It’s not uncommon, Iron Man, Thor, War Machine have all had massively increased status in the universe since seeing celluloid. Is Thanos gonna get the same treatment?

Thanos is a great bad guy and although the natural resistance has been removed now that Marvel is under the Lassetter banner of Disney and internally responsible for it’s own brand there would be sensible resistance at using an obscure, radiator chinned, purple god with a chip on his shoulder as the central pivot for a major blockbuster that’s never been tried before. Abnett and Lanning’s response is likely a reply to the existing rumours that Thanos almost got a big screen appearance.  The contrivance of plot that would be needed to introduce a second disgruntled child of the Gods when any sensible writer can apply the same emotional palette to the existing character without dropping a stocky, purple, alien gorilla face with 1980s shoulder pads into the action. But it’d Thanos. Against the Avengers. Directed by Whedon. Keep wishing guys but in all liklihood it’s just too cool to risk.

Home Made Avengers Trailer

 

Not content with just watching the amazing Avengers Trailer youtube film makers Dumb Drum decided to make their own version. What it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in hilarious Thor lines.

Enjoy!

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(I have some interesting news RE Moon digital edition and Oxicomics coming up but I probably won’t get time to talk about it here until after MCM this weekend. If I get a chance I’ll put some details up on Twitter)

Assemble! Avengers Trailer Is Here!

 

Alright, you can stop checking the internet every day, the Official Trailer for Avengers is finally here. For all their faults there are still no other movies that make me cheer during trailers in the way that Marvel movies do. What can we infer from the trailer? Loki is a badass, Thor has a new outfit and Robert Downey Jr should be in every film.

Avengers is released in 2012.

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Robert Downey Jr Hits Scarlett Johansson on Avengers Set

I don’t normally post news stories like this, but this is too much of a giggle not to bring up. According to sources on the Avengers set Robert Downey Jr accidentally punched Scarlett Johansson in the face last week because he “pressed the wrong button” on his Iron Man suit.

Downey Jr was waiting to film a scene for the movie and decided to have a fiddle with some of the buttons on his suit, it turns out that his wandering fingers landed on the switch that controls his arm, causing it to swing round and catch his co-star in the face, knocking her off the stage. Fortunately Johansson was not badly hurt and was apparently able to laugh off the incident.

According to the source Downey Jr was apparently somewhat sheepish about the incident: “Robert, who couldn”t help because he literally can”t move in that iron suit, was beside himself – he kept apologizing and saying, Oh, my God, I”m so sorry!”

Avengers is out next year.

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First Image From the Avengers Movie!

Well, Avengers has been filming for about a day and already there’s an official image from the set. I warn you though, it does contain one pretty major spoiler…

That’s right. The Avengers have chairs. Might as well not bother seeing it now, eh?

Seriously though, it’s nice to have a peek at the set and it means that the anticipation can officially begin. Time to re-read Ultimates, start declaring the Captain America movie to be passé and get the countdown clock ticking. The earth’s mightiest are coming.

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