Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston
You could easily spend an Avengers Assemble review just quoting endless lines of dialogue. That's how good the script is. Yes, Marvel, the folks who brought us Iron Man 2, have just been praised for their astute screenwriting. Because Avengers Assemble is a superbly written film.
Throughout this colossal marketing campaign - and that's what The Avengers franchise has mostly been - Marvel have (Iron Man's bloated sequel aside) consistently beaten my expectations. And now expectations are actually high? They've gone and topped them again. Because rather than let producer Kevin Feige dictate the dialogue, the Marvel demi-god hired geek king, comic nerd, writer-extraordinaire and all-round love of my life Joss Whedon to make a movie. And holy purple shorts, he assembles the heck out of it.
It's not a Friday unless it involves Tony Stark and a Norse demi-god kicking the crap out of each other.
The full movie hits cinemas next Thursday (26th April). It contains at least 65% more awesome. In the meantime, you can head this way for our Avengers Assemble review
Earlier this week, Marvel released a new character poster for Avengers Assemble, entirely devoted to one man: Clark Gregg - or, when he's not giving his name to popular chain of sausage roll vendors, S.H.I.E.L.D's Agent Coulson.
Yes, Agent Coulson. The guy who popped up in the background of almost every film released in the past three years has been promoted to leading star status.
It's good for him, really - I'm quite a fan of Clark's tight-lipped, deadpan delivery in things like (500) Days of Summer and Mr Popper's Penguins - but if it can happen to Agent Coulson, why not the other background players of Marvel's epic Avengers franchise? The robotic arm in Iron Man surely deserves a poster? Or how about that scene-stealing lamppost in Thor? Or that random soldier guy who walked past Captain America that one time in a field?
Then I stopped procrastinating in Photoshop and started thinking. A bit-part cameo player, brought to the foreground to tie together an endless string of sequels, prequels and other entries in a colossal franchise that will never end? We've seen that before...
And so I present to you, Agent Coulson: The Jim's Dad of Marvel's Avengers:
If Agent Coulson doesn't do it for you, feast your eyes on the Stifler's Mum of Marvel's franchise: a Scarlett Johansson Avengers clip is this way.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is out in cinemas on Thursday 26th April. Head this way to watch the official Avengers Assemble trailer.
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: Thursday 26th April
Marvel Studios presents “Marvel Avengers Assemble”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel Avengers Assemble” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel Avengers Assemble" hits UK cinemas on April 26, 2012.
In “Marvel Avengers Assemble” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.
The Avengers Assemble (yeah, that's the title in the UK now) has a new trailer. That trailer goes BRRRRMMMMMM.
It also contains a pretty massive spoiler, uttered by Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner halfway through:
OMG. THEY'RE A TIME BOMB. Who's got the explosives? Does it go off when Iron Man flies at less than 50 miles per hour? What does this time bomb look like? Maybe it's that Giant Robot out of Transformers that turns up near the end. And more importantly, what happens when the time bomb goes off? I'm betting that Josh Brolin turns up and does imitations of everybody in the cast circa 1963.
Read on for the rather awesome new Avengers trailer. And make sure you rewind it at least three times to hear Bruce Banner's crucial line.
It's official. The Avengers Super Bowl trailer has been released by Marvel - and Joss Whedon's superhero flick is full of action, CGI and Mark Ruffalo in full-on green mode. "I have an army," scowls Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Tony Stark's reply is short: "We have a Hulk."
Here it is:
The Avengers is out on Friday 27th April - and continues to look surprisingly good. There's more stuff on the official Avengers Facebook page.
"When two objects collide... there is always damage..."
So speaks Jared Harris in the Sherlock Holmes 2 "special content" trailer. What's special about it? Mostly the vox pops they've dumped in the middle of the other footage. But if the other footage includes Lane Pryce from Mad Men twirling his moustache, I'm more than happy to watch it.
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock sequel may not look like a classic (indeed, neither was the fun first one) but Moriarty could be brilliant. Did I mention it was Lane Pryce from Mad Men?
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is out on Friday 16th December.
The trailer for JOSS WHEDON'S The Avengers is here - and I hate the fact that it looks rather awesome.
They've even managed to avoid spoilers from all the other Marvel films, which is quite impressive.
So I was at Hampton Court Palace today - as you do - enjoying the maze, the rubbish outdoor toilets, and the incredibly naff gardens with trees that look like a Mario Bros SNES game. Then I spotted two large green screens erected on the lawn out back, along with some equipment and a couple of marquees.
A quick mosey on up to the fencing revealed that it was none other than stuff for the Sherlock Holmes 2 shoot. So, naturally, I took some EXCLUSIVE on location photos. They're so EXCLUSIVE that I have to use big letters whenever I write the word EXCLUSIVE.
"ZOMG! WHERE'S ROBERT DOWNEY JR?"
And there followed several exciting EXCLUSIVE photos of people on location at Hampton Court Palace, where Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2 was/is being filmed. This is proper heavy journalistic shizzle here, people. Film paparazzi gold. You will NEVER see pictures of this quality at any reputable film publication.
Read on to suck up the pictorial goodness.
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan
Cars are funny. Men are funny. Two men in a car together? That's hilarious. Especially if they have to drive across America because one of them says "bomb" on an airplane. They swap bags too. And get accused of drug smuggling. And cross the border into Mexico. Oh, and one of them's about to have a baby! The Funniest Film Since The Hangover, Due Date ticks every comedy box. Except the one labelled jokes.