In anticipation of the midnight release of “The Avengers,” the Comic Reel begins, as has been the tradition this week, with a TV spot from Marvel’s official YouTube account.
Although Earth’s Mightiest Movie debuts tomorrow, that hasn’t stopped news from pouring in faster than Tony Stark after he’s discovered a new element. Director Joss Whedon spoke with Badass Digest about legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton’s cameo in “The Avengers” where he interacts with a naked Bruce Banner.
“He needs somebody who will just accept him,” Whedon said, referring to Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, going on to mention “Avengers” DP Seamus McGarvey had been following Harry Dean Stanton for a documentary, which gave Whedon an idea. “I sort of got him stuck in my head and I was like who is more accepting than Harry Dean Stanton? And, so I got to write this weird little scene — which when I wrote it was not little, it was about 12 pages long. I was like oh, this is great, Banner falls into a Coen Brothers movie! The fact that they even let me keep that concept and that we actually landed Harry Dean to play it was very exciting.”
Definitely something to look out for during the midnight release.
If the fight scene between Thor and Loki looks real, that’s probably because it is! Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, spoke with Yahoo! Movies, revealing the punches in the scene actually connected. After direction from Whedon that the actors needed to “sell it more” and “react bigger,” Hiddleston had a brief conversation with Chris Hemsworth before the next take.
“I said to Chris, ‘Dude, just hit me. Just hit me because I’m protected here and it’s fine,'” Hiddleston told Yahoo! Movies. “He’s like, ‘Are you sure?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it will look great. Just go for it. … [Chris] really went for it and he’s just pummeling me in the chest and elbowing me in the face and Joss came back after that take and went, ‘We got it. It’s great.'”
While not completely focused on “The Avengers,” GQ has an in-depth profile of director Joss Whedon, his career and his initial reaction to the original “Avengers” script by Zak Penn.
“There was a script,” Whedon told GQ. “There just wasn’t a script I was going to film a word of.”
The magazine also reached out to Penn for comment, who said he was a little disappointed by Whedon’s decision to rework the script without Penn’s involvement.
“We could have collaborated more, but that was not his choice. He wanted to do it his way, and I respect that. I mean, it’s not like on the Hulk, where I got replaced by the lead actor,” Penn told GQ. “That was an unusual one. This was more normal.”
Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens tomorrow.
MEN IN BLACK 3
The third installment of the “Men In Black” series has revealed a number of new clips from the film. Here they are, Noisy Cricket rapid-fire style!
Here’s one from YouTube user RamasScreenEnt with Jay and Kay in a restaurant taking on the bad guys with some sweet firearm moves.
Yahoo! Movies gives a closer look at the awesome motorcycles ridden by Will Smith and Josh Brolin.
MetaCafe has posted a clip with an initial conversation between Agent Jay and Agent Kay from the past.
MSN has a quick look at Alice Eve as young O and Josh Brolin as young Kay.
Finally, Fandango has a clip detailing the coolest MiB gadget, the Neuralizer.
Opens May 25
Spinoff Online has posted some sweet new photos of The Lizard in “The Amazing Spider-Man” complete with torn white lab coat! Most excellent.
Opens July 3
The “Prometheus” viral campaign continues as Bleeding Cool has posted the solution to the recent viral “audio puzzle.” The solution, as it turns out, was just playing the clip backwards. It’s actually somewhat horrifying.
For those who prefer a visual look at the Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi epic, here are two new stills courtesy of The New York Times
Opens June 8
MTV caught up with Tom Hiddleston at the Tribeca Film Festival where the actor revealed where he’d like to take Loki’s character next following the events of “The Avengers.”
“I’d like to take [Loki] to his absolute rock bottom,” Hiddleston told MTV. “I’d like to see him yield, essentially, to his darkest instincts. Then, having hit rock bottom, maybe come back up.”
MTV also spoke with Chris Hemsworth at Tribeca, where the actor expressed a desire to see a “Game of Thrones” fueled Asgard in the “Thor” sequel.
“[‘Game of Thrones’] had a real mythical element to it, but it was rooted in such an organic and tangible world,” Hemsworth told MTV. “I think Asgard could really benefit from that sort of a grittier, aged feel to it and not so ethereal.”
Opens November 15, 2013
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
Finally, Comic Book Movie has posted a featurette for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” detailing the background of the character and the progression of the story with some new footage to boot.
Hopefully, those of you going to the midnight showing of “The Avengers” won’t be disappointed. I’ll be heading out to the 12:01 showing in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Harvard Square. If any of you fine CBR readers will be there, try to see if you can spot me. If anything incredible happens during your midnight showing, send in those tidbits and maybe I’ll post them to tomorrow’s Comic Reel! Wherever you are, have fun Assembling!