This week Brian from Cool & Collected posed the following question:
What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?
I still find it hard to believe that It’s 2012 and we are on the cusp of a full fledged Avengers movie. Five years ago during Comic Con foundation was starting to take shape when Marvel Studios rolled out a teaser trailer for Iron Man. The attendees at Hall H lost their minds and took to the internet spouting their unrequited love for director Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark. Up until that point, there wasn’t much buzz on the project and Iron Man walked away the fan favorite of San Diego Comic Con 2007.
Leading up to Iron Man’s release in May 2008, there were rumors of a super secret cameo that would be dropped in after the credits. As press screenings were rolling out, it was very difficult to remain spoiler free … but I prevailed. Those who had seen it said it was absolutely mind blowing.
I took in a Friday night showing of Iron Man battling the crowds. When the credits finished about 75% of the theater remained seated, waiting for this cameo. And then it happened … NICK FURY!!! I howled with fan boy delight as my wife just looked at me sideways. “Avengers” I exclaimed, “they’re talking about the goddamn Avengers they’re going to do this”.
It wasn’t until that point that I sat back and was floored that Marvel was committed to making a series of movies that would lead up to a movie about their flagship super team. In the time since Iron Man was released, we’ve almost taken for granted that an Avengers movie was coming. Five years ago, none of us had an inkling as to what Marvel was planning.