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Hero Express – ‘The Avengers’ Villain Rumors and Possible Plot Details!

Welcome to Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.

This is the Hero Express for September 20, 2011:

The Avengers Comic Tie-Ins – (BleedingCool)

What’s a superhero movie without a comic tie-in? It’s a superhero movie without a comic tie-in. Regardless, here’s a cool new promo pic of The Avengers from one of the comic tie-ins coming out before the movie. The pic is from Captain America: First Vengeance, but you can check out some of the other titles slated under the Road to the Avengers at the link.

The Avengers Film in New York – (ComicBookMovie)

Some more set photos from the filming of Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers has surfaced, and this time we get to see the whole cast on set. Some of the pictures show Thor and Loki in costume wielding some sort of Asgardian (presumably) container, while the rest of the cast is decked out in civvies.

Here’s a description of some of the scenes that were filmed:

Here’s what I saw being filmed: Thor and Loki dialogue scene. – Hawkeye, Black Widow and Banner exit a S.H.I.E.L.D. car. Widow hands Banner some kind of duffel bag. – Tony Stark shakes hands with Captain America and gets in his car (a badass convertible) with Banner, and they drive off. Cap gets on his bike and drives away in the other direction. There are a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the street, standing guard as all of this happens. – Thor and Loki stand facing each other, each holding on to some kind of Asgardian device (you can see it in the pictures below). The entire rest of the team (Erik Selvig, Hawkeye, Widow, Stark, Ruffalo, Cap) stand around them in a circle. Loki and Thor disappear and the group looks up at them as they go up into the clouds. – Finally, some kind of dialogue scene between Loki, Widow and Hawkeye.

Tons more pics at the link, including more of the mysterious device Thor and Loki are holding, plus a look at the S.H.I.E.L.D.Mobile (Yea, I just named it).

Clark Gregg Talks Iron Man 3, Skrulls and His Fate in The Avengers – (Splashpage)

There has been a lot of talk lately regarding both Skrulls and whether or not Agent Coulson will make it out alive after The Avengers. Anyone familiar with Whedon’s work knows he loves to kill off characters. But Gregg spoke about this rumor and more:

“I’ve read this! I’ve read this,” Gregg told Crave Online, speaking to the persistent rumors that Coulson could bite the dust in “The Avengers.” “I’m flattered that people care, but I wish they would stop saying this because they’re going to put it in somebody’s mind! I’m talking to them about doing ‘Iron Man 3’ right now, and somebody’s going ‘Maybe Agent Coulson should die,’ and I’m like, ‘Hey, hey, hey! This is the best job I’ve ever had! Stop talking about killing Agent Coulson off.'”

“I talked to Joss Whedon early on,” said the actor. “I said ‘Hey, why is everyone saying this?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’ve done that before. Don’t worry. You’re safe.'”

Speaking to the long standing rumors that the Skrulls are the villains of the movie, Gregg teased: “I’m taking down the Skrull armada single-handed!”

Lest you think he was giving up the goods, Gregg promptly added: “I’m just kidding. ‘Skrull armada single-handed…’ No, they’re Kree!”

Though he claimed to be kidding again, our money is on there being some truth to his comments — at this stage, all signs point to some kind of alien menace terrorizing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, whether it’s the Skrulls or Kree or another race entirely.

“There’s definitely new stuff,” he teased. “Much different, new stuff for Agent Coulson to do in this one. You know, it’s kind of ‘all hands on deck’ in terms of combating the threat that has shown up. And Joss… Joss is a master at taking what we know about each one of these characters, the superheroes and Agent Coulson, and building on what’s already there.”

I really hope Coulson is safe, as he is slowly becoming my favorite part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). And he clearly knows of Skrulls and the Kree, so does that imply prior knowledge of Marvel’s aliens or did he read about them in the script? That is the big question. Here’s another one.

What is the Leviathian? – (CBM)

An Avengers call sheet pointed out not only the fact that those people in the Mo-Cap suits fighting Cap are actually aliens, but they will also be dealing with a CG Leviathan. Check out the call sheets below:

So what is Leviathan? Early rumors pointed to the name of a space ship, or even a giant sea monster which might point to some Atlantean involvement. All this tells us is that it is definitely CG. There’s a poll at the link of what seems to be the genreal public’s views on this mystery. While these rumors are still in the running, another theory has popped up which I think is kind of cool.

Whedon’s Playing Games With Us – (CBM)

If anyone has read Joss Whedon’s run on The Astonishing X-Men, the term of Leviathan is not a new one. in the comic it was used as a decoy plan to misdirect the aliens the X-Men are fighting. The article goes on to speculate that the aliens in The Avengers might be some sort of mash-up of the Breakworld aliens.

The word “Leviathan” is used as a Red Herring to fool the X-Men’s enemy, Ord. Doesn’t it seem like the kind of thing Joss Whedon might do? This is by no means any indication that the alien race in The Avengers are from the Breakworld (linking those two together would be a bit too much of a stretch I think) but I wouldn’t be at all shocked if we’ve all taken the word far too literally by thinking of it as mysterious creature from the sea, rather than the director simply using a code name from his days on Astonishing X-Men. Of course, my theory is equally as speculative, but I didn’t think that there would be any harm in bringing this up for you guys to think over. I mean, it may just be the actual name of a ship for all we know, but at this point, nothing is clear apart from the fact it’s NOT the camera and IS a CGI something or other. Now, while we’re on the subject of crazy theories, here’s something else I couldn’t help but notice. See the comparison below? The weapons do look kind of similar, eh?

So while I think that may be a bit of a stretch, at this point we know next to nothing about it. My thoughts? Its an alien ship named Leviathan, that seems to be the most likely rumor. And speaking of rumors…

Another Villain Rumor Picks Up Steam – (CBM)

A long time ago it was reported that a major villain might have a place in The Avengers, which would lead to speculation that one of the biggest storylines, not to mention one of the most devastating weapons of the Marvel U. would be featured in the movies. So if you really don’t want to know more about this then stop reading, but really, you’ve already come this far. It’s just a rumor.

OK, so…The other big villain we will see is THANOS. Latino Review broke that news in May but since then it has been pretty quiet regarding that. Well, according to my source, he is indeed in the film and the mysterious aliens everyone is talking about, is his army. As for the plot details, well, it will be very interesting…Basically Thanos makes a deal with Loki (like Hiddleston said in one interview that Loki makes some shady deals) to get him the Infinity Gauntlet. He trades his army for the Gauntlet. And that’s about it.

All right, now that would be huge. It also doesn’t even seem that far-fetched, but it would be quite an undertaking to properly accomplish. Both financially and cinematically. The Infinity Gauntlet is comprised of 6 Infinity Gems (Power, Soul, Mind, Reality, Time, Space), that when used together can pretty much do anything. ANYTHING. So while it would be cool to see, I don’t think it would fit into the semi-realistic world The Avengers is trying to uphold.

At least that’s what I originally thought. Then I remembered the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, which The Wozz and I reported on back at Bam!Kapow! which featured a look at… well… the picture speaks for itself.

Yea, that’s the Infinity Gauntlet. At the time I assumed it was going to either feature in Thor or just be a hidden easter egg. Now I don’t remember seeing it in Thor, so is there more to this rumor than we think?

And that’s it from this edition of the Hero Express! Next time we’ll take a look at some of the news, pics, and spoilers from The Dark Knight Rises!

Be sure to leave a comment and tell us your thoughts on any of the rumors flying around out there!

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Grizzly Review: Thor

I went into Thor with high expectations, but an underlying dread – hoping it didn’t suck mortal ass. Thankfully it didn’t, and I was treated to an excellent example of what a comic book movie should be: fast, fun and captivating. There wasn’t really a dull moment, whether it was Thor in Asgard fighting frost giants alongside Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, or on Midgard (Earth to you mortals) where Thor beats the crap out of hospital staff and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents while trying to comprehend and fit into our world.

From the beginning, when I started listening to Anthony Hopkins as Odin explain the history of the nine realms, I was dragged into those worlds and I loved every second of it.

The story seems simple: The Asgardians have a truce with the Frost Giants of the realm called ‘Jotunheim’ after a long war between them. However on Thor’s day, when he is named Odin’s heir, the Frost Giants try to steal back one of their ancient weapons from inside Asgard. They are stopped and Odin let’s it pass, while Thor being a bit of a hot head, thinks they should go to ‘Jotunheim’ and retaliate against the giants. Odin forbids it, but Thor, with some subtle nudging from his brother Loki, decides to go to ‘Jotunheim’ against Odin’s wishes to find out how the giants were able to get into Asgard.

After a fact-finding mission turns into an all out assault and what appears to be the beginning of a war, Odin and Thor have a falling out. Thor is stripped of his powers and banished to Earth. And now the stage is set for the movie to kick into full gear.

If you’re a newcomer to Thor you will really enjoy the story as it unfolds, and even as a casual fan or comic reader, the movie’s story progresses well and doesn’t fail to entertain. I have to admit, I was a little worried about the Asgard scenes feeling too fake and cheesy with the way that Thor and his brethren speak, but truthfully the Asgardian scenes had some of the best acting moments, overshadowing much that occurs on the Earth portion of the story.

Asgard also looked fantastic in every aspect including the city, structures, the wardrobe and the many set pieces. On the scenes that take place on Earth you’ll definitely be itching to see more of Asgard like I was, but the Earth scenes are by no means boring. I mean come on, you have Natalie Portman to look at!

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I’m still surprised at how great of a cast that comic book movies now command these days. You’ve got a heavy hitter like Anthony Hopkins portraying the All-Father Odin and Renee Russo as Thor’s mother. Natalie Portman plays astrophysicist and love interest to Thor Jane Foster, with Stellan Skarsgård as one of her mentors and colleagues. That’s not to mention the rest of the supporting cast like Ray Stevenson as Volstagg and Jeremy Renner making an extended cameo as Hawkeye in one scene. Everyone was brilliant all the way around!

Chris Hemsworth definitely held his own in this movie, which is his first starring role. He played the smug and arrogant Thor and the serious take care of business God of Thunder when the time called for it. Some of his most entertaining scenes were the ones on Earth where he still thinks himself a God with powers, being utterly proven wrong. He smashes coffee mugs on the floor and goes to pet stores wanting a horse to travel on. It’s all pretty funny without being over the top silly. Let’s face it, this movie easily could have degenerated into a farce much like Masters of the Universe, but it really did impress me with how well done it was.

Was it Oscar material? No. Was it more than I went in expecting? Absolutely.

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Tom Hiddelton as Loki was probably right underneath if not on par with Hemsworth’s portrayal of his brother Thor in the movie. He played the part of good son and brother well and then the part of ultimate villain perfectly, but he wasn’t the generic villain archetype. Loki’s motivations were very human indeed and there was real emotion behind his word’s during the final battle between the two brothers.

I’m giving Thor a 4.5 out of 5 grizzlies. I really can’t think of anything I disliked about the movie and I would have given it full points if I was a hardcore Thor fan.

The acting was all top notch, the visuals stunning and story very well done. I’m actually inspired to pick up a few Thor comics and can’t wait for The Avengers and the eventual Thor 2 that will inevitably follow. I hope everyone else likes it as much as I did, and I recommend going to check it out. I think it would appeal to comic fans and non comic fans alike!

Comment below and let us know what you thought of the movie!

I just had to have a picture of Natalie Portman in this article…

Marvel Comic Review: Fear Itself – Book 2

 

Fear Itself rages on as Thor is imprisoned by his father Odin, the ‘Hammers of the Worthy’ fall, and the Serpent unleashes his wave of terror across the world! If I could choose one word to describe this issue it would simply be: Chaos. Things are moving along at break neck speed and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are rushing to contain these newest attacks. Not much happened in the story department, aside from a few of the Worthy being revealed, but from the looks at the end of the issue we’ll have to pick up a few tie ins to see the others getting their hammers. If you haven’t read my review of the first issue I suggest you do that, but otherwise read onward into *spoiler* territory!

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Marvel Comic Review: Fear Itself – Book 1

Well it’s here people. Fear Itself has arrived on comic book shelves. Did it wow me as much as my hype ridden brain was expecting?

No.

But it wasn’t supposed to I surmise. It wasn’t bad, just a whole lot of needed set up. It set the stage by showing us the main villains, the heroes and where the Asgardians stand at this point.

*Beware my spoilers!*

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Marvel’s Next Big One: The Road to ‘Fear Itself’…

I remember a little over a year ago talking to my comic guy about the then upcoming Marvel event, the Heroic Age which was about to start up. It was supposed to return the heroes to a more peaceful and manageable existence. He was ready for the heroes to get back to basics and just be superheroes without all the complexities of real life added in. His main reasoning was that there had been too many ‘dark times’ for the Marvel superheroes, and it was time for a mood change.

I couldn’t have disagreed more. I love nothing more than seeing the Marvel heroes collectively fight for their lives and deal with loss as normal people do. I love seeing that heroes from Hawkeye to Captain America are not only vulnerable, but killable. And heroes like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are mentally vulnerable. The last several years at Marvel had been all about this, dark and depressing. And the story that started it all was of course Avengers Disassembled, where the Avengers were literally – disassembled.

And done so,  from the inside by one of their own. We have an unknown force messing with the Avengers, which results in multiple casualties, seeing Ant-Man and Hawkeye both killed in the first wave. Tony Stark is then ousted as the U.S. ‘Secretary of Defense’ and Avengers Mansion is all but destroyed. Numerous Avengers are put out of commission including She-Hulk, Vision, and the Wasp. The big reveal is that it was the Scarlet Witch committing all of these attacks, and it was actually quite heartbreaking to see why she did what she did.

Years earlier the Witch used her magic to become pregnant with twins, using Mephisto‘s essence, but they were suddenly taken from her when that essence returned to Mephisto. Imagine trying to cope with your kids just ceasing to exist, I’m not a mother but that has to be a cause for severe depression. Combined with constant abductions by jobbers such as Chthon and Immortus and manipulations by her loving dad Magneto, and even Agatha Harkness routinely wiping the memory of her children away it’s no wonder she suffered a nervous breakdown. Maybe this all could have been avoided with a nice psychiatrist seeing Wanda a couple times a week. After the heroes confront Wanda and a super throw down ensues…in House of M.

In House of M, the Marvel Universe is transformed by the Scarlet Witch’s reality altering powers into a mutant utopia where humans are the minority, and Magneto is the ruler of the United States. Once the heroes determine what has happened they realize that Magneto didn’t manipulate Wanda into doing this, but that it was her brother, Quicksilver. I mean seriously, who needs villains at this point?

By the end of House of M we are left with the majority of the mutant population de-powered due once again, to the Scarlet Witch .

Civil War begins with the heroes slowly recovering, and the mutants effectively sitting it out due to their kick in the oblongs from the events of House of M/Decimation. A shenanigan involving the New Warriors and an obliterated elementary school eventually culminates in the passing of the superhuman registration act, where all heroes will work under the U.S. government, sans secret identities to keep the public safe. The inevitable then happens, with heroes taking sides on the issue and all hell breaking loose between them.  Like I said, who the hell needs villains at this point? The series ends with many heroes going underground and Captain America death.

The next event kind of comes out of left field, but The Secret Invasion storyline was still pretty decent, and was a stepping stone to the next event.

Basically there is a Skrull invasion of Earth. All the heroes unite to defeat the aliens, but in the end it is too late to stop our old, psychotic friend Norman ‘Goblin’ Osborn from stepping up and taking control of SHIELD. Under Osborn’s leadership SHIELD is renamed HAMMER. [Ed. – Reminisant of DC electing Lex Luther President]

This leads us into Dark Reign, where the world is slowly placed in the grip of the world’s villains. Norman Osborn replaces the Avengers with his own team of “superheroes” consisting of :

  • Iron Patriot – Norman Osborn wearing a suit of Iron Man armor emblazoned with the star of Captain America.
  • Hawkeye – Bullseye, Killer extraordinaire.
  • Wolverine – Daken, the son of Wolverine.
  • Spiderman – Mac Gargan, the Scorpion, wearing the Venom symbiote.
  • Ms. Marvel – Moonstone
  • Captain Marvel – Noh-Varr, Kree Warrior.
  • Ares – Greek God of War.
  • Sentry – Superpsycho.

Dark Reign the leads into Siege where Osborn tries to conquer Asgard, but is finally defeated by the Avengers and promptly arrested (His inner goblin finally reared it’s ugly head for all to see).

With the heroes finally united again, and the Heroic Age stuff about to wrap up it’s finally time for a new storyline for our superheroes.

The very ominous looking Fear Itself.

Not much is known about the seven part series except that the superheroes will be facing off against a God of Fear, perhaps from Asgard? The heroes will face their greatest fears, which should be interesting in itself. Just to see what currently haunts big hitters like the Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, sounds good. There is going to be a prologue where a supposed “concealed act” in Marvel history occurs that has ramifications for the story. This prologue involves the Red Skull during World War 2 and it reeks of some sort of change in continuity.

That part may be good or bad. From all of the recent promos for the storyline Asgard must figure in somehow with different trios of characters reaching for what look like different variations of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.

I don’t need multiple doom and gloom storylines for the next five years, but I hope starting with Fear Itself Marvel gets back into the swing of making the stakes for our heroes high, and the ramifications of said event significant leading into the next one. So far Fear Itself is shaping up to be very interesting.

On the other hand I’m not excited about what Juggernaut appears to be doing in his promo picture. Is that Hercules in the peculiar position in front?