Hero Express: Avengers Edition

Welcome back to the Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film and TV.

This is the Hero Avengers Express for January 13th, 2012:

Two New International Banner Posters – (What Culture!)

Tired of looking at individual posters for each character in The Avengers? Well you and your oddly specific frustrations are in luck, because Marvel have put out these banners which group the cast together for your visual pleasure:

German Trailer Reveals New Footage – (Gamma Squad)

Germany’s dubbed version of the official Avengers trailer featured some extra footage that you might not have seen before. If my memory serves, the scene in which Black Widow confronts Bruce Banner was shown at Comic Con, and makes its reappearance here. Gamma Squad has a rough translation of the dialogue. I’ve highlighted the parts which don’t feature in the North American version:

Loki: At the end everyone is responsible for himself.
???: What are we doing?
Nick Fury: We’re getting ready. We had the plan to form a group of extraordinary people.
Black Widow: You have to join us.
Bruce Banner: And when I say no?
Black Widow: Then I will convince you.
Tony Stark: Let’s see who we got. We have some assassins. A man with breathtaking anger management problems.
Hulk: [roars]
Tony Stark: A demigod, a super soldier, and me.
Nick Fury: Gentlemen what are you ready to do?
Tony Stark: Don’t get angry but I don’t play well with others.
Captain America: A big man in Armor. Take it away what’s left?
Tony Stark: A genius, billionaire philanthropist.
Thor: [laughs]
Thor: You have no idea what you are dealing with.
Bruce Banner: We are no team. We are a time bomb.
Tony Stark: When we can’t protect the world, we can avenge it. Back to training.

Two New Badass Stills – (Geek Tyrant)

Geek Tyrant’s got two really nice stills from the official trailer. There’s really not much more to say about it, so here they are:

Epic.

It’s subtle, but you can see some nice refinements to Iron Man here. It’s particularly more visible in motion, near the end of the trailer. It also looks like the CG suit blends more cohesively with the environment than it did in the past Iron Man films (although the effects in those were great to begin with).

Disney’s Converting ‘The Avengers’ to 3D – (Film Drunk)

Before you cancel your plans for May 4th, you should know that the movie will be playing in 2D as well, but Disney officially announced this week that The Avengers is going to be converted to 3D in post-production.

JoBlo got to speak to director Joss Whedon about doing the movie in an extra dimension:

there definitely are movies that shouldn’t be in 3D […] THE AVENGERS isn’t obnoxiously 3D.”

“There’s no, ‘Oh look, we’re going to spend 20 minutes going through this tunnel because it’s in 3D!’ And no one is pointing at the screen the entire time. But it’s an action movie. Things tend to hurtle toward the screen anyway.”

Whedon says he was 100% behind the [3D] idea. “Yeah, it’s fun!…I’m not a big fan of extreme long lens, talky movies – I like to see the space I’m in and relate to it, so 3D kinda fits my aesthetic anyway. And the technology has advanced so far in the past couple years.

You can almost hear Whedon side-stepping around the bullshit. It reads a lot like the kind of political correctness one would use when you disagree with your employer but would like to sustain a career. But I don’t want to put words in Joss’s mouth (That’s Disney’s job, by the looks of it).

‘Avengers’ Toy Line Could Reveal New Villain – (Movie Web)

So rumors have been bouncing around for some time now that there might be a second villain accompanying Loki in his attempt to defeat The Avengers. Well, if NECA’s 2012 HeroClix Avengers toys are any indication, it looks like Red Skull could very well be that second villain.

This is the production description for the mini figures lineup that was sent to retailers recently:

“Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel’s the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki! Each Counter-Top display includes standard one-figure boosters as well as new three-figure “Team Packs”! Team Packs are designed with strong thematic undertones – play a Hydra force or defend freedom with a S.H.I.E.L.D. team pack!”

Movie Web brings up a good point, however: The lineup includes “24 single figures, plus 4 team packs of 3 figures each,” which is a pretty large number of characters. It could just as easily be that Red Skull is one of several other Marvel entities outside the ‘Avengers‘ who’ll feature in the toy line.

Mark Ruffalo on the Theme of The Avengers – (Cinema Blend)

In the Wall Street Journal’s blog, Speakeasy, Mark Ruffalo talked about the philosophy behind The Avengers:

“You have all these disparate egos, superheroes in this and that, and they refuse to give up some of their positions in order to make a more perfect union and to join the team,” Ruffalo said. “That’s really what the whole movie is about: subjugating your own best interest momentarily to further that of the whole.”

For those of you who might not know, Ruffalo is a self-admitted childhood fan of comic books, which Speakeasy touched on as well:

“Ruffalo, who watched every episode of the Hulk television series as a kid, said when he learned he got the role in “The Avengers,” he bought a boxed set of the series for himself and his 10-year-old son.

The Hulk actor said of superhero movies:

These movies reach a lot of people, they’re our modern mythology […] I think a lot of the beliefs I have and cherish were fostered by the decency of our superheroes, and what they were about and what they were fighting for.

The Hulk’s inclusion in The Avengers still remains pretty quiet, which has got to make a lot of fans anxious. Personally, I was really hoping The Avengers would center around an out-of-control Hulk on a rampage, and the Avengers being rounded up to stop him, but I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what part he’ll play.

The Alien Army Might Not Be Skrulls – (Geek Tyrant)

Prevalent speculation that the Skrulls would appear in The Avengers might be false, or at least no longer the case. It appears that the Skrulls are property of Fox.

Devin Faraci of Badass Digest spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige a while ago, at which point Feige stated they only had the rights to the Super Skrull and the rest of the property was up for grabs. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case.

In light of the new developments, Faraci stated:

Well, it turns out that either he was jumping the gun or someone in legal didn’t want to test the difference between those two concepts, and the aliens in The Avengers have been rebranded as something else, as well as redesigned.

The Avengers Will Be Seen Through Captain America’s Eyes – (Cinema Blend)

Director Joss Whedon spoke to Entertainment Weekly recently and explained that much of The Avengers will be filtered, so to speak, from the perspective of Steve Rogers’ Captain America:

So much of [The Avengers] story takes place from Steve Rogers’ perspective, since he’s the guy who just woke up and sees this weird-ass world. Everyone else has been living in it. He’s the guy that feels that sense of loss.

There is an anachronism to him, and Chris [Evans] and I have always tried to make it, without making it goofy or too obvious, always tried to make him that same grounded ’40s Steve Rogers he was in the other movie.

However don’t take that to mean Cap is the major focus of the story – Cinema Blend worded this very aptly, so I’ll quote them directly here:

Whedon and EW are careful to clarify that Cap isn’t the main character of the film, and that The Avengers is a true ensemble film– you have to assume Thor and Iron Man wouldn’t stand for having the spotlight stolen anyway. But every story needs an emotional hook, as Whedon well knows, and the sense of disorientation we felt right alongside Steve Rogers when he woke up at the end of Captain America seems to be the guiding emotion as the Avengers assemble for the first time. It’s strange for any superheroes to be forced to work together, but when one is used to living in the 1940s? It probably feels downright impossible.

I’m really loving the idea of taking a distant perspective to the superhero team – Often in ensemble movies with larger-than-life characters, everything starts to feel too loud and chaotic. This seems like a natural way to step back and help the audience connect.

And that’s all for this Avengers edition of the Hero Express!

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