After the credits rolled in my sold out 6:20PM showing last night for Iron Man 3, I have to say that I’ve never been more proud of myself of staying spoiler-free for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. In what I consider Robert Downey Jr.’s finest outing as Tony Stark, the big (and even the subtle) reveals are genuinely exciting, and completely unexpected based on the marketing for the film.
With Director Shane Black at the helm (who also co-wrote) there is in fact more Tony Stark “man of action” than Iron Man through the first two acts of the film, which carries us up to the huge reveal about The Mandarin and his nebulous terrorist organization. There are things that I absolutely loved about Iron Man 3, while there are some nitpicks that I’ll discuss after the jump. BE WARNED — Spoilers From This Point Forward –
Despite having just recently completed my LEGO Avengers lineup, I don’t think I would be able to recreate a scene from The Avengers like Flickr user legoagogo did. His rather astute attention to detail and use of lighting, really does a great job of depicting Hulk’s rescue of Iron Man at the conclusion of the Battle of New York.
Damn you LEGO overlords! Yesterday it was announced at New York Comic Con that in 2013 we will see sets based on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series.
LEGO released the first official images of 79104 The Shellraiser Street Chase on Thursday. The set will retail for approximately $59.99 and will feature five minifigures including Michelangelo and Leonardo.
Here’s the thing, LEGO is devious when it comes to these licensed sets. Take a look at the recent Marvel Superheroes and Lord of The Rings sets, it was impossible to get the entire lineup without spending at least $300 to $400. For example, LEGO Loki was available in 3 separate sets, while The Black Widow and The Hulk were only available in one set each. And as far as Lord of The Rings goes, I’ll let you do the arithmetic.
via Poe Ghostal & Brickset
When The Avengers hits Blu Ray this September Marvel will be including another one of their live-action shorts as a special feature. The plot summary via Ain’t It Cool News:
“Item 47″, follows SHIELD Agents as they to track down a pair of humans who have taken to robbing banks after they stumble upon an extraterrestrial weapon left behind by the invading Chitauri.
Oh and get this. It stars Lizzy Caplan. I’m thoroughly enamored of her, and to quote AICN Talkbacker green gargantua, “she is on my short list as is Kat Dennings and Scarjoe , Marvel films thinks like my penis.”
The 12 minute short is set to premiere next week at San Diego Comic Con. I think if Marvel might be on to something, as this could be a way to test the waters by introducing characters to the movie going audience at large. How great would it be to have a Dr. Strange or Luke Cage short film before Captain America 2?
Credit: [Ain't It Cool News]
Three word review: FUCK and YES
More spoilerish discussion after the jump.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I have a love/hate relationship with Mondo. They work with some fantastic artists on some of the hottest properties. Their business model is one that is highly debated amongst fans and detractors alike. Regardless, Mondo’s final Avengers poster by Tyler Stout will go on sale at some point today, which will be announced via Twitter.
As always, it’s a small edition size at 750 at $60.00. The variant, which can be seen here is limited to 350 pieces and will be $110.00. Good luck people, because I will be in the queue today trying to make this happen.
via [Cool & Collected]
Apparently Mondo, purveyors of super cool and limited edition movie posters will be releasing a series of 7 posters related to The Avengers. They revealed the characters posters of Black Widow by Olly Moss and Hawkeye by Tom Whalen.
I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I will never be able to obtain a Mondo print at the time of the release (I came *this* close during their Planet of the Apes series). As much as I love the work of the artists, I can’t bring myself to pay the huge markup on the secondary market.
As always, the posters will be going up at a random time which will be announced on Twitter. Black Widow goes on sale April 19th and Hawkeye will follow on April 20th. Both are priced at $45 and the runs are extremely limited.
Despite my previous bouts of bad luck, I will be making an effort to pick up Hawkeye. Tom Whalen is a favorite of mine, a local guy who I’ve bought various pieces from over the years at different conventions. I just love the composition and the color palette.
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That’s it. With two words I’m totally down for The Avengers. I’m really liking the tone they are setting with these new trailers, and I’m very impressed with the CGI Hulk renders. It looks as though third time might be around for the big green guy. Also, I would like to take this time to acknowledge that I may have been hasty on calling for Skrulls … I now subscribe to the Krobonite Theory, but again I may be wrong.
I’ve been going to Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con for quite a while, and I’ve never seen a lineup like the one they’ve amassed for the 2012 incarnation. It’s pretty damn heavy on the celebrities with William Shatner and Stan Lee being the headliners… but that was until the most recent announcement that Chris Hemsworth would be in attendance. Yeah, Thor is coming to Philadelphia this June.
With The Avengers opening a month before, I expect the only day he is attending, Saturday to be a total madhouse. Now, if you wanted to get an autograph from Mr. Hemsworth, that will set you back $125.00. Want a photo? That will be $100.00. Or if you really wanted to meet him, you could shell out $350.00 for the VIP experience. So with Hemsworth in town, you can be sure that no one will be visiting Virgil’s booth this year.
You can check out the full press release after the jump:
This weekend at SXSW, The Avengers director Joss Whedon put all the rumors to rest regarding the “big bad” we will be seeing once the Earth’s Greatest Heroes unite in multiplexes this June. During the course of the panel, “A Conversation With Joss Whedon” the director went to point out that neither the Skrull (or Kree) will be seen. He pointed out that
The Skrulls — they can shape change. That’s a whole thing,” he said. “I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it’s a real juggling act.”
Whedon also pointed out one of the big problems of involving an alien species like the Skrulls is that they have such a rich mythology on their own. He wouldn’t want to shoehorn them in (i.e. Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.)
Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories … they have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars
I for one am a little relieved, although if this holds true my wild speculations and musings will have been found to been wholly inaccurate.
Since I read this I went back and review the latest trailer for The Avengers, and I’m really going to go with the magic angle. We have Loki on Earth, messing with the members of the group turning them against each other. When that won’t work … he brings some Asgardian magic/tech to reign death and destruction. But again, this is all speculation and Whedon could just be throwing us off in the build up to May 4th.
Credit: [io9 via Entertainment Weekly]