Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner talk The Avengers, also TV Trailer

It was getting a bit much with all the Avengers posts but one highlight of this interview by Marvel stood out as a lovely moment that had to be shared.

Zack Zeigler recently talked to both actors for the movie on characters and costumes, we got some gems of the following that had to get passed forward.

“We are humans with high skill sets,” Renner said. “[Hawkeye and Black Widow] fight well together…and they complement each other.”

Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson star as Hawkeye and Black Widow in “Marvel’s The Avengers”
Added Johansson, “Both of us fight hand-to-hand…but we’re fighting in a different way than everybody else. We do a lot of fighting on the ground.”

Johansson made her debut as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” where we learned of her affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and that she wouldn’t hesitate to lay the smack down on bad guys. Renner made a brief cameo as the bow-and-arrow wielding Hawkeye in “Thor.”

For both Renner and Johansson, getting into character never posed a problem. The issue was getting comfortable in their characters’ clothing.

“It was like 800 degrees in my costume…and everybody looked incredibly uncomfortable until the cameras were rolling,” she said. “And then ‘Cut!’ and we were all like, ‘Ugh, this thing! Get it off me, it’s awful!”

There’s one more part that makes this priceless, although I’m not sure how great Mark Ruffalo feels about it.

Added Renner, “I think the humility award goes to [Mark] Ruffalo. [He was] in a thong or wearing something unflattering, and he’s supposed to be the [Incredible Hulk].”

Keep that in mind future potential Hulk actors, running around in a thong might be part of your job requirements. Outside of that you do get to look like a badass on the big screen and that just might make up for all of the labor invested.

To top things off we have the latest TV Spot showing a roll call of the team.

Link: Marvel News

A Black Widow trailer appears and Robert Downey Jr. Talks Avengers

On the 4th day of April Marvel gave to… well they gave a new trailer showcasing Black Widow in The Avengers movie, it’s a pretty sweet clip although she still will have quite a challenge ahead against the supernatural forces at work. Worth a watch especially if you like to see Scarlett Johansson getting acrobatic and wrecking shop.

Robert Downey Jr. follows up on that by interviewing with Marvel about his role in the Avengers as Tony Stark and how the impressions found of his character leading into the movie wont exactly dictate where we see him now. Given the story control has shifted hands and we’ve seen Tony make leaps and bounds between stories that’s not a far cry for expectations.
He also notes how impressive it is to work with Joss Whedon on this film and how any situation can flip in a moments notice working with him, any challenges in scripts or scenes are tackled in a moments notice and the fluid motion of the whole thing goes uninterrupted.
“[Joss] is really quick and incredibly responsible to his job requirements, to the letter,” Downey, Jr. said. “There’s a scene at the end that kind of unites Thor and Cap and Tony, and it needed to say a lot…but it couldn’t be two pages, so [Joss] said, ‘Give me a second.’ It ended up being four lines that included all of us and he gave us three pages of options. The guy is kind of a machine, but [what he writes] feels organic.”
It’s a good sign for the movie, Marvel has had a very unsteady past with franchise successes but this seems to be their strongest card to play yet. On top of this momentum the company is also pushing forward news on Thor 2 coming November 15, 2013 and Iron Man 3 in May 3, 2013.

Marvel brings Avengers TV Spot Brings Helicarrier and Agent Coulson Poster

Avengers stuff is going crazy this month, between AvX and the new Avengers movie it’s getting heavy. First up, Agent Coulson gets a new movie poster, he’s a right hand man to Nick Fury and a huge part of helping the team organize to take on their latest threat.

No word on the movie poster availability like the Lego one but here’s to hoping it’s out there anyway. With that said, check out the video below and enjoy the poster resolution we have available.

 

 

 

 

The Avengers play closer slot for Tribeca Film Fest 2012

Marvel is going all out with The Avengers, today the team announces they’ve secured the closing spot to the festival and will air a special screening there for the event on April 28th, the promotion will allow local heroes from police, rescue and armed forces to sit in on the screening and meet the cast. It’s a nice gesture by the group at an event often out of reach, it’s a huge treat though as they’ll get to catch the actors behind the magic on the screen as well.

Joss Whedon of course was excited at the news and had this to say

“Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there.  I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.”

For the rest of us the film will still be on schedule to release May 4, 2012 but hey if you’re going to Tribeca and know someone at Marvel, maybe you can sneak in.

Links: Marvel News | Tribeca Film Fest

Marvel adds 10 new pictures from The Avengers movie

As if it wasn’t hard enough holding out for that May 4th release, Marvel has 10 new shots of the cast for the movie to tease everyone with. Some decent action shots all around although the stills of Chris Evans still have me really wondering about that Captain America suit. Hopefully it works better in action than it does right now.

Check out the pictures in the gallery below, we’ll add any extras as Marvel releases them.

Link: Marvel News

Review – Angel & Faith #8 Daddy Issues Part 3

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

We begin this issue with some serious slayer action. Faith is dealing with Nadira, who coincidentally has a lot of characteristics of our Faith of yesteryear. Nadira has a lot of issues from her past and deals with them by lashing out at everyone around her, eventually making everything worse. Even though Faith has grown, she still has a short fuse and a knack for not holding her tongue or sword for that matter! In typical slayer fashion they talk out their problems while nearly killing each other, slayers aren’t generally known for their communication skills. After what appears to be a breakthrough, everything falls apart because of Faith’s surprising suggestion. Wounded, troubled slayers are only a part of the myriad of Faith’s problems, lest we forget that her estranged father is in town and all may not seem to be what it appears to be. He has problems of his own and as it turns out he wants Faith to fix them. We finally get a really good look into what kind of person he really is, and that person is, to put it mildly, not very good and it seems she would be better off without him around. Faith decides to take care of his problem in her own way with some help from Angel and things get ugly!

This is a deep issue, it is very sad and emotional. Even though we have seen Faith grow and mature, this issue really gets to the crux of her issues and shows her pain and suffering in a way we haven’t seen in this series before. Faith’s character is really captured beautifully. This issue is Faith centered so there is very little Angel in it, although his unswerving loyalty and support are felt when he is there. The dialog is excellent as is the story progression. The art is fantastic, Faith’s pain really comes across to the reader. I loved the Harmony issue, but this one is by far the best yet, I really hope that this series continues with the complexity that is featured in this issue.

Release Date: March 28th, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Angel & Faith #7 Daddy Issues Part Two

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Rebekah Isaacs Cover

With the nutty and always entertaining Drusilla (Mother Superior) back in London, we begin this issue with a mini flashback showcasing some of the evil Angelus did to Dru which would eventually cause her to become who she is today. Even though we are told nothing new in the flashback, I always love to see them because they do a really good job reminding us of what Angel used to be. This flashback also has another familiar face in it as an added bonus! Back to present day, where Angel and Dru are getting…reacquainted? More to the point, a changed Dru is getting into Angel’s head (which only seems fair considering their past) while Angel tries to figure out how and why this has happened. Dru explains that she has decided to take a page out of Angel’s book and start “helping the helpless”, but of course, she is doing this in only the way Drusilla would.

We also see that Faith has a surprise of her own. Her father has come to town and has hopes of reconnecting with his estranged daughter. However, Faith is none too happy about this and essentially blows him off. Despite the fact that Angel’s hands are full with the wackiness that is Drusilla, he persuades Faith to give her dad a chance (again) but will this be the relationship that she hopes for?

This issue is excellent from start to finish. Anything involving Drusilla is always entertaining. The new Dru is very different from any Dru we have ever seen in the past. Faith’s Dad’s storyline also looks like it’s going to be a very interesting one and it will be great to see where it will go and how Faith will deal with the many potential outcomes. The art is fabulous as always, Rebekah Isaacs captures Dru perfectly. With both Angel and Faith dealing with demons (both figuratively and literally) from their past, this could be a really amazing story arc!

Steve Morris Cover

Release Date: February 29th, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Angel & Faith #5 – In Perfect Harmony

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Phil Noto
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

This new issue begins with both a new story and new character perspective as we find ourselves hearing Angel’s inner thoughts instead of Faith’s like we had in previous issues.  This issue focuses on two old friends, international vampire superstar Harmony and her assistant and best friend Clem.  Harmony has gotten herself into some trouble and has asked a reluctant Angel for help.  With a little persuading and a lot of whining she gets Angel and Faith to help her.  Angel Investigations is in full effect!  Angel and Faith begin trying to solve the mystery that Harmony has brought to them and thanks to Clem’s stripperobics and self-defense classes we get to see him unleash some serious ass kicking in the process.  As the story progresses we learn that Harmony has a lot of enemies (shocking?).  They keep coming up with dead ends so Faith offers some sage advice “when all else fails, bust some heads” and bust some heads they do!  However, all was for naught because they were totally off track (c’mon, Angel’s a little rusty).  In the end they do finally figure it out and Harmony actually teaches Angel and Faith something in her own convoluted way.

This issue was amazing, I loved it.  It was the best issue so far in the series.  It really has it all, some awesome pop culture references, sarcasm, and some surprisingly touching parts.  Harmony is captured perfectly as is Clem.  Angel and Faith are in their element with Harmony and Clem providing the comic relief.  The art is good, however sometimes it doesn’t totally capture each character. This was an absolutely phenomenal issue, go pre-order it now!

Release Date:  December 28th, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 Freefall Part Four

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty With Dexter Vines and Dave Stewart
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Georges Jeanty Cover

We begin this issue with a short flashback that gives us even more insight into Severin and his motivations.  Is he genuinely bad or does he think what he’s doing is just?  Who’s “leading” him? Most importantly, will he succeed in his mission to kill Buffy?  Chances are, probably not, but it is a safe bet that he will keep trying until someone or something stops him permanently.  This issue really highlights the huge mess that is Buffy’s life.  Her friends are keeping their distance (except Spike of course), her roommates may stumble upon some very questionable things that Buffy keeps in her room, and finally Buffy is placed on the police’s most wanted list.  For any of us this may seem like a hole that no one could climb out of; but, this is Buffy.  Very little phases her, she has learned to take life’s little (little for her anyway) obstacles as they come and eventually she will get everything sorted out. As she begins to get everything back on track we learn that Severin is not working alone and really seems to be  manipulated and used as a pawn by someone we have met before!

Steve Morris Cover

There is some good action in this issue along with some very good banter/dialog.  As I said in a previous review, Buffy and Willow’s relationship is definitely on the mend and it was nice seeing them interact with what appeared to be only a slight feeling of animosity.  The issue was very good and really seems to be keeping a nice pace with adding a few surprises here and there!

Release Date: December 14th, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Review – Angel & Faith #4 Live Through This Part 4

Script:: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starking & Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Produce: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

This issue begins with a big brawl between our heroes and the brother and sister duo from Hell, Pearl and Nash.  The party gets broken up due to these bizzaro world wonder twins and complete chaos has broken out because of the lack of Mohra blood.  Everybody wants it nobody has it, well almost nobody, Pearl and Nash may have a bit which may or may not be beneficial to Angel and Faith’s escape plan.

Faith, trusting Angel, is still conflicted about the path and decisions she wants to make about his future (as well as hers).  As she finally decides what she’s going to do, they make a startling discovery about just what exactly the Mohra blood does.  There are complications and repercussions because (again) the seed is no more.  Angel and Faith must attend to a problem created from the absence of magic in the world (yep you guessed it, that pesky seed again…) and they do so with gory precision.  Since the Mohra blood appears to no longer be an option in bringing Giles back, Angel focuses on finding another way.  After a brief conversation with Alasdair, Faith finally levels with Angel about the concerns she has with his plan.  She tells him that she supports him (and his new idea to bring Giles back) but that she will stop him if necessary.  They have a nice heart to heart and we see why they make such a good team.  All the good feelings are short-lived though because there a change appears in Angel’s demeanor to which he appears to be oblivious to!

Rebekah Issacs Cover

This is the final issue in this story arc and like previous issues, this one has moments where the characters voices ring true.  There is some snarky Faith, some sarcastic Angel but those instances are few and far between.  I love this story and I love these characters, I just wish they could find their groove (consistently).  The art is fabulous, I find Rebekah Isaacs’ version of Faith really embodying the character we know and love.  I do recommend this issue because I do truly believe that this team is going to find their footing soon and when they do, the results will be amazing.

Release Date: November 30th 2011

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆