J.J. Sedelmaier’s recent post on Superman got my comic book mojo going. I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy myself and it got me thinking about this piece I did a year and half ago for Imprint about the wild rumors surrounding the highly anticipated Avengers movie. Now that we know a lot more about it and the cast/crew, I thought it would be fun to see what we got right and what we didn’t.
It’s pretty remarkable how accurate the rumors were. All the leading actors were spot on (Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury). We even got Loki right. And, after Ed Norton was dumped as Hulk, indeed, it was Mark Ruffalo who stepped in to replace him. Seems the only thing the rumor mill got wrong (or at least is still uncertain about) is who will portray Ant-Man and the Wasp (if they’re even in the movie at all). Even the mock up poster was damn close, except for the Edward Norton part (see below).
As far at the plot line goes, it’s still a pretty closely-guarded secret, but various sites have reported that it’s got something to do with Loki getting his grubby mitts on the all-powerful Cosmic Cube (seen in last summer’s Captain America). And more here talking about Skrulls (which I heard were NOT going to be in the movie) and the super awesome god/death/villain called Thanos. Apparently a new trailer will be unveiled this week, so maybe that will shed a bit more light on things. Either way, it sounds like there will be a lot of super powered stars fighting for precious screen time.
There are some interesting photos, recent video of on-set filming, and some baseless conjecture over at the IFC site. If you want to join in on the rumor mongering tell us what you know in the comments section below.
Scroll down to see the latest trailer released just yesterday. It’s pretty amazing.
Super Bowl trailer:
Newest Avengers Trailer (March 1, 2012)
Original Poster Mock up
Official Avengers Poster
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