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.
Given my new status as a father of twin girls my attention has obviously been elsewhere these last three months. I beg your forgiveness in my lackadaisical coverage of the upcoming film adaptation of Marvel’s mightiest Avenger, Thor.
I was down for Thor when they announced that Kenneth Branagh was signed to direct the film. And I was even more interested when Chris Helmsworth, (whose portrayal of George Kirk in Star Trek (2009) was pitch perfect, I dare you not to tear up), was cast as the titular God of Thunder.
When Marvel began putting the pieces together to create a Marvel “Cinematic” Universe in 2008 with the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk I don’t think any of us nerdlings were anticipating anything remotely close to what we are experiencing now. In one summer we have “event” movies for Thor and Captain America, laying the ground work for a movie featuring The Avengers in 2013 … take a minute to think about that
I’ve read the early reviews and have done my very best to remain spoiler free, but I have a feeling that Thor is going to be one hell of a movie.
Marvel Studios really is priming the lead up to Comic Con with yet another production still from the set of Thor. Here we see Thor in the midst of retrieving Mjolnir from its resting spot in the New Mexico desert (as we saw at the end of Iron Man 2).
Chris Hemsworth got fucking huge. It’s hard to believe that this guy was George Kirk a year ago.
Like many other comic book experts, I too believe that Thor will not have an alter ego. In the comics, his Earthly form was that of Dr. Donald Blake who was sickly and required a cane to get around. I think I read an interview with Kenneth Branaugh where he said that there would just be Thor … and I’m okay with this
Marvel Studios is doing a pretty good job generating buzz, and I really am hoping we’ll see the full cast of The Avengers on stage this week at San Diego Comic Con.
While I fully expected the movie studios to bait the frothing nerd masses in the lead up to Comic Con; I was not expecting big reveals from two of next year’s blockbusters, Thor and Green Lantern. The aesthetic for both of these films are very important because they are drastic departures from the superhero movies we’ve seen so far.
With movies like Iron Man, The Dark Knight, The X-Men Films, and Spider-Man there is a certain grounding in reality. Now Thor and his family are Asgardian Gods and as Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is part of an intergalactic police force which is based on the alien planet of Oa. These costumes should look different, because they aren’t of this world. Even though both pictures have been reposted everywhere I’ll leave them underneath the jump in case anyone wishes to remain spoiler free (that is if you consider costumes to be a spoiler)