Over at Marvel.com, The Avengers movie has gone to pre production / PR stunt levels with the full team being given an amazing full digital paint job. Featuring all of the Avengers (Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Maria Hill and Nick Fury). In it we’re getting some hints – including a familiar looking cloud based battle cruiser in the background. All things are looking good at this stage as fun is visibly being had and Marvel isn’t taking itself too seriously on this project. That should be its saving grace as the entertaining side of both Thor and Iron Man were what won them the fans. If Captain America lives up to the hype Marvel Entertainment’ll only have one more hurdle to get over. This beast. Now feast your eyes ’til they burp.
The Avengers line-up has a slightly lesser known character being played by an actress more famous for TV roles. Cobie Smulders of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (no we don’t either) will be taking up the position of former Head of Shield and all round tough momma Maria Hill. Smulders was reportedly up for the role of Wonder Woman but will now join WW helmer and Marvel (Astounding X-Men) veteran Joss Whedon on the Avengers movie. Given Whedon’s history with high kicking femme fatales (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) its looking likely that potentially perennial characters such as Maria Hill and Black Widow will get considerable screen time. Good news for the teenage fans and good news most probably for the budget.
This completes the already impressive cast line-up of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth as Iron Man, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Thor respectively.
This with the added power of lesser known but credible choices Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and ‘Hurt Locker’s’ Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
According to Variety, Smulders has signed on for nine films, including ‘Avengers’ as well as the chapters leading up to it and following such as Iron Man’, ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ etc. The scale of this is incredible. Marvel are forming franchises within franchises and all evidence so far suggests there’s reason to be very excited.
We will keep you posted.