The Avengers - Movie Concept Art Poster Collection


Steve Rogers/Captain America

Even though Marvel Studios didn't have a huge Avengers promotion at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the nice folks at Marvel did give us one bit of awesomeness to whet our appetites. The posters shown here were released individually, each day of the Con, and when combined made a huge panoramic shot of the team in action.

There are so many cool elements in these concept art posters that give us a good idea of how the team will appear in the movie. First, Hulk - it's reported that the visual effects people based the design of his face on Mark Ruffalo, the actor portraying his alter ego, Bruce Banner. If you look closely, you can kinda make out Ruffalo's features. Plus, from the image you get some idea of Hulk's proportions in comparison to his fellow Avengers - very cool.

Of course, Captain America's uniform might be the best part of this poster series. Kudos to the designers for staying true to Kirby and Simon's original design, while making it seem functional- like a modern, military combat suit.

Finally, the part of these posters I really dug was the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier hovering in the background of the poster on the far right- the one with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Gotta admit, I've been waiting to see how the might of the helicarrier would be translated to the screen ever since the Avengers film was announced. Looks like the designers nailed it, if this image is any indication.
Click here to see a larger version of the combined poster image below.



The Avengers - Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures
S.H.I.E.L.D. - Nick Fury, Agent Phil Coulson, Agent Maria Hill
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Thor
Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk
Tony Stark/Iron Man
Clint Barton/Hawkeye

'Captain Canuck' - Canadian Superhero Movie Being Planned




So you thought Captain America was the only super-patriot with enough swag to warrant his own feature film? Oh how wrong you are! Minds Eye Entertainment has obtained the rights  to Canadian comic book superhero, Captain Canuck and is working on a screen adaptation at this very moment.  Captain Canuck is the creation of Richard Comely, who (along with co-creator Ron Leishman) began publishing the hero's adventures way back in 1975.  

No word yet on who will star, but I'm hoping they go all Canadian on our asses and get Will Arnett, of  Arrested Development fame. 
Will Arnett 
Check out the official press release below. 
(Los Angeles, CA) July 19 , 2011 - Minds Eye Entertainment has picked up the rights to the Canadian comic book Superhero CAPTAIN CANUCK from writer/creator Richard Comely, as announced today by Kevin DeWalt, CEO and President of Minds Eye. Working closely with Comely, Minds Eye is currently in development on a film adaptation based on the comic book series.
The first issue of CAPTAIN CANUCK hit newsstands in May 1975. Thirty-six years later, the superhero franchise has garnered fans around the world. To date, more than 2 million copies have been sold and 26 different editions have been printed. IDW Publishing recently published two hard cover collections of the original issues that have since sold out.
DeWalt said: “I have always been a big fan of CAPTAIN CANUCK, and we are honored to be working with Richard on bringing Canada’s greatest Superhero to the big screen.”
Over the years, there have been a number of licensed CAPTAIN CANUCK products, including t-shirts, sweat shirts, doodle posters, etc. Canada Post issued a CAPTAIN CANUCK postage stamp in 1995. In addition, CAPTAIN CANUCK has also made the cover of TIME Magazine.
Creator Comely said: “I’ve had a great beginning with Minds Eye.
I’m confident we can make a movie that will appeal to audiences both in Canada and around the world.”
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Andrew Garfield Calls Spidey a Role for Life

Andrew Garfield
I know actors are supposed to rave about every role they play, as part of the promotional campaign for their films, but Andrew Garfield seems genuinely honored to portray Spider-Man. In a recent interview with Reuters, he sounds like he's perfectly happy to make the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man the focus of his entire career. Personally, I think it would be fascinating to have a superhero franchise follow a character for many years, featuring the same actor. That way, we could see the character age in real time and it would open up a lot of interesting story possibilities. 
From the Reuters article: 
Andrew Garfield - Sony Pictures
 "The Amazing Spider-Man" will land in theaters in 2012, and it has been pitched to fans of Peter Parker -- a.k.a. Spider-Man -- as a franchise reboot that takes the boy back to his roots as a gawky teenager who acquires the web-spinning capabilities and super strength of a spider. 
The first three movies, starting with 2002's "Spider-Man" and directed by Sam Raimi, took in a whopping $2.5 billion worldwide, but the makers decided that to continue thrilling loyal fans, the franchise needed a fresh start. 
So, they hired the little-known Garfield (who since then made a name for himself in Facebook film "The Social Network) to portray Parker and director Marc Webb (independent film "500 Days of Summer") to breathe new life into the series."
Check out some of Garfield's quotes from the interview and see if you think he's being sincere. 
"I could play this character for the rest of my life," an enthusiastic Garfield, 27, told Reuters at Comic-Con on Friday, where the first few clips of the film were revealed to fans. 
"I think Marc wanted to make it as authentic as possible ... what happens to this kid? What happens to a kid if he really truly gets these superpowers? But also what the real struggle it is to be a teenager"  
"This is really a lot of responsibility, and I feel the responsibility of the symbol I was given to portray."
Read the entire article at the link below.
Andrew Garfield calls Spider-Man a role for life | Reuters

Review: Captain America: The First Avenger



I'm not one for lengthy movie reviews, but I wanted to post a few thoughts after seeing Captain America: The First Avenger earlier today. Overall, I agree with most of the critics who have given it largely positive reviews. It was a fun movie that paid homage to the original 1940's comic book, while intelligently tweaking Cap's origin story for the screen. 


Chris Evans
What I'm about to say might seem like hyperbole, but I'm serious - Chris Evans puts in one of the best performances of the year so far and he deserves a lot of credit for his work here. Hayley Atwell, who played the only major female character, was fantastic as well. Her performance was a surprise for me because I wasn't familiar with her work and I had no idea she was such a fine actor. 


Finally, kudos to director, Joe Johnston, for blending the huge (and numerous) action scenes with the personal story of Steve Rogers' journey to becoming a hero.


Now, as for some noteworthy reviews that I've read, one that stands out is by A.O. Scott of the New York Times. I was a little surprised at all of the nice things he had to say about Captain America. Below is a sample and link to the article.
Hayley Atwell
"With a dusty color scheme that evokes newsprint and cheap ink, and a production design that captures the Deco-inflected futurism of an earlier time, the movie is nostalgic without making a big fuss about it. And though there are plenty of the usual digital enhancements and overscaled effects, the pseudo-operatic grandiosity that has become a staple of the genre is mostly missing. Instead “Captain America,” like its unapologetically corny hero, is propelled by unpretentious and plucky ingenuity." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
Full New York Times Review  

'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Swings In

Sony Pictures
The Amazing Spider-Man trailer is here and while it might be kinda light on action, it looks like director, Marc Webb, has a cool vision for Spidey. There's been grumbling from fans of the first Spidey trilogy ever since Webb  replaced Sam Raimi in the director's chair, but this clip should quiet some of the critics. Of course, the film stars  Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Pete's girl, Gwen Stacey, with a supporting cast including Sally Field and Martin Sheen.

Now, as for the trailer - it seems to show an origin story that's largely faithful to Spidey's comic book beginnings, but this time, Gwen Stacy works in the same lab as Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who eventually becomes the villainous Lizard. Two things I like right away with this trailer - first, the origin story seems to include a bit of mystery as to what happened to Pete's parents, which opens a lot of story possibilities for the sequels to explore. Also, even though he doesn't say much here, I think I'm gonna dig Garfield's take on Peter Parker. He has a sullen, withdrawn expression - like a kid with a traumatic past, which refers back to the loss of his parents. Overall, I think this clip gives us a hint that Sony made a good call in hiring Webb to freshen and energize the Spidey franchise. Disagree? Lemme know what you think.



The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3, 2012 (USA)

Jon Favreau Talks 'The Avengers' and Joss Whedon

The Avengers - Marvel Entertainment
Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, recently spoke to MTV News on his involvement in The Avengers, as executive producer. It sounds like he really isn't involved much, beyond being "supportive".
Here's a bit from the interview -
"My involvement is just to be as supportive as I can be. Most of the cast is people that came onboard to work with me on the 'Iron Man' film, so I feel a sense of responsibility to them. I really hope it works out," Favreau told MTV News while promoting "Cowboys and Aliens." "I'm not in the trenches with them and I'm not making creative decisions on their behalf, but I'm completely available and of service." 
Favreau also had a lot of nice things to say about the man bringing The Avengers to the screen, Joss Whedon.
"They have Joss Whedon, who's a very talented guy and is really good with ensembles and really understands the superhero genre better than I do," Favreau explained. "I understand 'Iron Man' very, very well, especially the 'Iron Man' movie and the cast and the characters all built to one thing. But there are other characters that I don't know. Each filmmaker had a different approach to how they went about it — 'Captain America' is coming out, 'Thor.' The combining of all those things is going to be its own thing in and of itself that Joss has embraced and wrote the script. I expect big things." - Jon Favreau
I have to admit, I've been skeptical as to whether Whedon was the right choice for directing The Avengers, but hopefully I'll be singing a different tune after I see the trailer this weekend. Sure sounds like Favreau thinks he's doing a great job.

Check out the MTV article at the link below
'Avengers' Producer Jon Favreau Reveals His Marvel Role - MTV Movie News| MTV

New Iron Man Concept Art Poster from Comic-Con

New! Just released by Marvel Entertainment from the San Diego Comic-Con International! Feast your eyes on this concept art character poster for Iron Man, featuring the Mark VIII armor he'll be wearing in The Avengers. Gawd, I can't wait for The Avengers to open on May 4, 2012.

Thanks to comicbookmovie  and @RIMBreaks for the heads  up

Chris Evans - 'Top 10 Things Never Said by a Superhero'

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers 
Have you seen this? I got a good chuckle out of this video. Chris Evans, star of Captain America: The First Avenger, recently stopped by Late Show with David Letterman and gave the "Top Ten Things Never Before Said by a Superhero". Who knew Steve Rogers had a brother named Kenny?

First Trailer for 'The Avengers' to Screen with 'Captain America' Movie

The Avengers - Marvel Studios
Yesss, great news today! Word is spreading about the first trailer for The Avengers (May 4, 2012) being attached to Captain America: The First Avengerwhich opens in the USA on July 22. From reports, it seems that several U.S. military installations were treated to an advanced screening of the Cap movie this weekend, and a brief trailer was shown after the credits rolled. There's no word on whether the exact same trailer will be shown when the Cap movie opens next Friday, but who cares - it's sure to be cool. Below, you can check out the description of the trailer, as reported by someone who allegedly saw the clip. Spoilers Ahead 
"It starts out with Captain America punching a punching bag until it flies off into a wall, and then enters Nick Fury. They briefly talked about a mission and that they needed to get ready, but they never explained what the mission was. And then it happened. As the music kicked in, scenes of SHEILD, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), & Loki were shown!! It showed a hell of a lot of action! Thor had a brief costume change, just no chainmail under armor and his hair was a bit longer. Iron Man was shown in what looked like the Mark VI or maybe a new Mark VII armor!! I don't recall who was fighting who or what, but it was a lot of kick-assery!! And at the end of it all, Thor threw Minjor (sic) and then it flashed... The Avengers!"
Source: ComicBookMovie 

Close-up Pic of Spidey's New Costume

The Amazing Spider-Man - Sony Pictures
GeekTyrant posted this close-up pic of Spidey's suit in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man. It wasn't clear if this was an official pic or one that some enterprising set worker snapped. Either way, it looks like the designers did a good job of updating the costume without losing any of the features that made the original so cool. Not sure how well Peter Parker can see out of those eye covers, though. Whaddya think?

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in the USA on July 3, 2012.

Gotham Crumbles in 'The Dark Knight Rises' Poster

The first poster for The Dark Knight Rises was unveiled this week at the film's official website, and it's a clever bit of graphic design, if you ask me. As with most movie posters these days, it goes for the minimalist look, and just features the Bat-symbol placed subliminally in the midst of a ravaged Gotham City. Thanks to MTV's Splashpage for the heads up.
You can check out more Bat-news at the link below
‘Dark Knight Rises’ Poster Brings Gotham City To Ruin

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Screenwriter Says Movie is "more realistic"

The Amazing Spider-Man - Sony Pictures
The most anticipated event at next week's San Diego Comic-Con International (July 21-24)is the premiere of the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, and while that's cool, we still need even more Spidey info. While Sony's highly anticipated reboot of  the Spider-Man franchise is still in post-production, we're gradually getting a sense of what the final film will look like. For example, a recent interview with the film's screenwriter, Steve Kloves, -published by Collidersheds some light on the overall tone of the movie.
Check out a few highlights from the interview below -

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
"He (Kloves) says the tone is more realistic than the previous Spider-Man films. He wanted to make sure that the film was grounded in reality, because he said he can’t write cartoony dialogue. They told him reality was what they wanted, they wanted him to write Peter Parker as a real character. 
He said he wrote very naturalistically. There’s a lot of humor, but it’s naturalistic humor, not jokes.
Since Sony is planning a trilogy, they asked him to write the sequel, but he declined, he said he dated the property, he doesn’t wanna marry it. 
He said there’s a reason that their Spider-Man has mechanical webshooters as opposed to organic ones. Kloves says he wrote some really cool things involving the mechanical webshooters.
 Marvel was very involved in the film, as they are with all movies based on their properties. They provided a sort of bible of things that were crucial to the character.He says Mark Webb was really schooling himself in 3D, and wanted to shoot the movie in a sort of pure form of 3D, in a sophisticated way.
For lots more Spidey info, read the entire interview at the link below
Steve Kloves Interview THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

'Captain America' Figure Based on 'The First Avenger'

Sideshow Collectibles
Check out this amazingly detailed 12 inch figure that will be available later this summer to coincide with the Captain America: The First Avenger movie. It sells for $169.99 and is available at Sideshow Collectibles. I'm not an avid figure collector, but I might have to break the piggy bank for this one.

Sideshow Collectibles

'The Avengers' - Open Casting Call for Extras

Avengers copyright Marvel Comics - painting by Alex Ross
So, you wanna be in a little superhero movie? If you're in the Cleveland, Ohio area, you can head over to the casting call for The Avengers next week. See announcement from MichiganActing.com below -

"An open casting call for extras is being held for the feature film, “The Avengers”. Portions of this comic book superhero adventure film will be shot in Cleveland, Ohio. The production will be the largest feature film ever made in Ohio, as well as the largest Marvel Studios production to date. Pre-production is already underway with principal photography scheduled from April through September 2011. “The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. 
Open Call Details 
Friday, July 15th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday, July 16th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Holiday Inn – Independence 
6001 Rockside Road Independence, OH 44131"

For the complete announcement, check out the link below

'Captain America' Actress Hayley Atwell in Esquire

Hayley Atwell - Esquire
Hayley Atwell, who will be playing American agent, Peggy Carter, in Captain America: The First Avenger, seems to be having trouble with her sweater (it keeps popping open) in her recent photo shoot for Esquire. Besides a plethora of pics of the lovely British babe, the article also gives us some info on the Cap movie.

Hayley Atwell - Esquire
For example, she talks about meeting Captain America director, Joe Johnston, for the first time -

"When I met with the director of Captain America [out July 22], I hadn't seen the script, and I had to go meet him, and we spoke for like an hour. With a lot of those big films, they'll do that instead of an audition — and I prefer them, because I love a chat. I've found the messier the meeting gets, the more successful. You vomit on someone's shirt, it's probably going to work in your favor. Because you shared something: an intimate moment of drunken behavior."- Hayley Atwell
Check out all the pics (and more Cap talk) here Hayley Atwell Hot Pictures - Hayley Atwell Interview and Sexy Pics - Esquire

Green Lantern Concept Art

Aaron Sims Company
I love movie concept art! The visual effects of today's movies are so spectacular, that it's easy to forget they began life as sketches and paintings. When concept artists and designers give us a look into their creative process, we can see how the images on the screen originated. It's kind of like a magician showing us how a trick is accomplished. Recently, two artists that worked on Green Lantern released images that show us how they imagined the planet, Oa, would appear, as well as some of Hal Jordan's fellow Lanterns.

The illustration above and the ones below are from the Aaron Sims Company, whose credits include work on Fantastic FourThe Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans. You can view the entire gallery at www.aaron-sims.com
Click on the images to enlarge. 

Aaron Sims Company
Aaron Sims Company
The images below are from Fabian Lacey, who also worked on films such as TRON Legacy, and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers. You can view the entire gallery at www.fabianlacey.com

Fabian Lacey

Fabian Lacey

Fabian Lacey

Will 'Captain America' Movie "Sell" Overseas?

Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures
Ever since it was announced that a Captain America movie was being produced, I've wondered how the character would be accepted by audiences, both in the U.S. and overseas. Let's face it, we live in an age in which ultra-patriotism, like the kind Cap is famous for, is seen by many to be a character flaw. I worried about there being some unintended chuckles during the movie if Cap said anything like "America is the greatest country on earth," or other lines that could be seen as too nationalistic. 

It looks like the issue of how to market a World War II era super-patriot has been on the minds of the filmmakers, as well. On July 3, Brooks Barnes posted an article on the New York Times' Media Decoder blog that outlined the challenges that Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have in marketing Captain America: The First Avenger to foreign audiences.
Captain America #1 -1941 Timely/Marvel Comics

Here's a sample -
"Selling a quaintly patriotic war hero in a politically divided United States would be tricky enough. What about overseas, where movies can generate over 70 percent of their total box-office revenue and the word “America” can be a downright dirty one?" -Brooks Barnes - New York Times, 7/3/11
The article raises some interesting questions in terms of what American movie distributors are willing to do in order to market films with a pro-America stance. You can find the full article at the link below -
Soft-Pedal Captain America Overseas? Hollywood Says No - NYTimes.com

Thor 2, Captain America and Batman - News and Pics

Fan-made poster for The Dark Knight Rises - GeekTyrant.com
Ah yes, we're celebrating Independence Day here in the U.S. with tons o' superhero movie goodness to keep many a fan happy. This week, we saw that Thor 2 is officially a "go" and we even have a release date. As mentioned here earlier, lots of behind-the-scenes info on Captain America: The First Avenger is being released and a new trailer shows what we think is the opening scene of the flick.  As for DC/Warner, some enterprising on-set spies have leaked photos from the top secret set of The Dark Knight Rises.

First up, Deadline reported that Marvel Studios is starting to assemble the pieces for a sequel to the hugely successful Thor, however Kenneth Branagh won't be back as director. A writer has been hired, as Deadline reports -
"Marvel has set Don Payne, one of the credited scribes on the first film, to script the sequel. Payne rewrote Lobo for Warner Bros, and was one of the writers on Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer."
Even though Branagh won't be directing Thor 2, he might still be involved, according to Deadline -
"Kenneth Branagh won't be returning as helmer. Branagh, who directed the first film and watched it gross $437 million worldwide with a few territories still playing out, will likely be involved in some producing capacity."
Thor 2 is slated for a July 26, 2013 release.


Captain America: The First Avenger is opening on July 22 (USA) and this week Marvel released the international poster (pictured below) which features an unmasked Chris Evans and the evil visage of the Red Skull looming in the background. 
Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures
Thanks to a forum member on SuperheroHype, we got a look at the Captain America Official Movie Special Magazine that shows some images that haven't been online before (as far as I know).
SuperHeroHype
SuperHeroHype
SuperHeroHype
See the rest of the pics here 


And of course, no update is complete without news from the set of The Dark Knight Rises. In this set of pics, we see what appears to be a large aircraft of some kind being prepped for filming. Also from SuperHeroHype, these photos were taken at Cardington Hangar in the UK.
SuperHeroHype
SuperHeroHype
SuperHeroHype
Batman-News also posted several pics that show an English estate called Wollaton Hall being transformed into Wayne Manor. 
Bat-News.com
So, it looks like the summer of 2011 is gonna be filled with superhero movie news from around the world. Of course, this is just a sample of the info that's out there. If I missed something major, let me know. 

Tyrese Gibson Campaigns for 'Luke Cage' Role in Marvel Movie

copyright Marvel Comics
Actor, Tyrese Gibson, really wants to portray Luke Cage/Power Man in the movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book. Check this video that he directed at the Marvel Studios honchos while he was at the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere -
"Listen, to Marvel: this is Tyrese Gibson. Get it together. Let's go ahead and shoot this comic book. Luke Cage is one of the original Marvel characters. Show some more respect. Go ahead and get some traction going on Luke Cage. I'm ready. I've got my headband ready, baby. What's the problem, officer? Let's get it!" - Tyrese Gibson
Ya know what? I think he has a shot at the role because he has an established fan base after appearing in several blockbuster action movies. However, he isn't so well-known that people would associate him with a previous role instead of Cage. Who knows? Maybe Marvel agrees.


BTW - Gibson isn't the first actor to engage in a little self-promotion for the Luke Cage part. A few weeks ago, Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice Guy) produced a film clip in which he starred as Cage. So far, Marvel has been mum on who they might consider for the part, and in fact, the movie is still in the earliest stages of development - without even a director or screenplay.


Thanks to ReelzChannel for the heads up. Check out the full article at the link below. 
Tyrese Gibson Challenges Marvel Studios to "Show Some More Respect" to Luke Cage; Says He is "Ready" to Play the Role