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.
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.
It's World Book Day! Celebrating it is easy: just read a book.
But as the saying goes, if you're at work and you don't have the time to crack open a spine until this evening, get Samuel L. Jackson to read one to you. So here's a special World Book Day treat: Samuel L. Jackson reading Go the Fuck to Sleep.
For more books read by famous people, here's Werner Herzog reading Winnie the Pooh and scary actors reading ghost stories.
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.
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.
Jurassic Park is back in cinemas this week, one month in advance of the trilogy's release on Blu-ray in October.
That means you get to see Steven Spielberg's family monster movie classic all embiggened, the way what it was supposed to look like. But in the 18 years since 1993 (YES, YOU ARE THAT OLD), maybe you've forgotten quite how brilliant Spielberg's masterpiece is. Maybe you can't recall the family-friendly charm of a film with all the fun of an Indiana Jones adventure mixed with the threat of Jaws. Maybe you've repressed the memories of peeing in your pants as dinosaurs took over Isla Nublar, destroying cars, felling trees, jumping around kitchens and munching toilets.
And so we're here to help you remember the sheer spectacle of watching one of the greatest blockbusters of all time in a giant darkened room.
Here are 15 things in Jurassic Park that look even bigger on the big screen.
What do Edward Norton and Eric Bana have in common? Neither of them played The Incredible Hulk. Not really. They played Bruce Banner and left the effects guys to do the rest. But not Mark Ruffalo. He's confirmed that he'll be doing all of it. Through motion capture.
Yes, Mark will be putting on his mo-cap to play the scientist's angry green alter ego for Marvel's upcoming Avengers movie. He told NY Mag why he was so excited about his role in Joss Whedon's geek-tastic comic book crossover:
"No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun."
He also commented about his inspiration for the role stemming from the old TV series: "I really love the first TV version of it, the Bill Bixby one. I'm gonna shoot for that a little bit. He was an everyman in it. He's always on the run and trying to find love. It's really a sympathetic character, before he turns into the Hulk and fucks everything up."
Ruffalo then confirmed that his Hulk would definitely be in 3D: "I hope I don't bulge in anyone's face, that's all I have to say."
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Eva Mendes
If you don't like Will, you won't like this - that's pretty much the standard maxim for all of Ferrell's comedies. When he comes up with turkeys like Land of the Lost, it throws that way off. Here, though, he's back with writer-director Adam McKay, the man responsible for Anchorman and the very amusing Talladega Nights. It's not quite on a par with the legend of Ron Burgundy, but The Other Guys still breaks out the hilarity in pretty constant doses.
Just because, you know, you might enjoy it.