“You were made to be ruled,” Thor villain Loki hisses at the beginning of the new Avengers trailer. Were we ever! Cleveland-posing-as-New York has never look better, or filled with more enormous green rage monsters, than it does when Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner slip into their respective pair of skin-tight pants to fight evil.
Though, if we’re going to be honest here, the real star of the trailer would have to be Chris Hemsworth’s arms. Dang. Remember when Hemsworth got too ripped for his Thor costume? Well, apparently filmmakers came up with a solution that we all can enjoy come May 4, 2012: sleevelessness. In the meantime, you can enjoy the trailer’s five hottest shots of Chris’s insane arms. Consider your ticket to the gun show…comped.
While we’ve seen Chris Evans as Captain America on set already, new The Avengers fan footage, recorded in Cleveland where the film is currently in production, shows the latest Marvel superhero joining Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor as they battle…some kind of hilarious puzzle men. Okay, yes, we’re sure the color-coordinated stuntmen are invariably going to be green-screened into Ice Giants or murderous robots or more Chris Hemsworths (as they would if we were directing), but right now we like the idea of a gang of henchmen who all just happened to wear the same fabulous gray bodysuit on the day they had to take on the gang of superheroes. Man, we need to start writing that screenplay…
Ask any New Yorker: empty cabs are everywhere you turn…until the moment you need one. And from the looks of it, even Captain America seems to be having a little trouble getting a ride. Chris Evans has been crime-fightin’ up a storm on the set of The Avengers, the hotly anticipated sequel to this summer’s blockbuster, The First Avenger. Despite the New York cop cruisers and cabs, the producers actually recreated the NYC street scene in Cleveland, Ohio. They even built a full scale facade of Grand Central Station! Movie magic! But instead of keeping it around for us all to admire, the film makers blew it up for the movie. Damnit, you guys! That’s what CGI’s for! The Avengers better rule…and from the look of the pictures in the gallery below, we bet it will. Check it out! Will Captain America save New York? And more importantly, will he get a cab? We can’t wait to find out next summer!
Marvel’s Captain America last scene is as spoiler-y as you can get, provided any potential audience members actually thought for a second that Cap would be killed by Nazis. No, the real spoiler alert (really, we warn you; it’s an actual spoiler alert) is that in the last scene of the film, Chris Evans‘ Captain America wakes up in modern day New York and finds himself sprinting through Times Square, just in time for the upcoming Avengersmovie. Anti-spoiler alert: he is as jacked as he was 70 years ago.
Marvel also leaked the Avengers teaser shown after Captain America‘s credits, complete with Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man and Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury. Nothing too secret to see there, unless you consider it a secret how Chris Hemsworth’s Thor could possibly get any hotter after seeing him play a Norse god the first time around. We’ll give you a hint: hair extensions.
Let’s admit it: The Avengers has a lot to live up to. Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor—all characters who have earned their own movie—crammed into one summer blockbuster with a handful of other heroes, and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, far better known for nuanced TV character work than special effects extravaganzas? If you thought this sounds less than certain to work, Robert Downey Jr. would have agreed with you. “I tend to look at a scene and say Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis is absolutely impossible, we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shoot this, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s horrible.Ã‚Â I can tell you ten other movies its been in.Ã‚Â I refuse,’” said the actor behind Iron Man at the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend. “I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve signed on to do.Ã‚Â So I brought that attitude, happily. Anyway, I just thought how are you going to put all us clowns together? HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wearing a suit.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all jacked up.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so and so.Ã‚Â And poor Mark Ruffalo, what he’s gonna out do us?”
That was the wind up…and here’s the serve. “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re about six weeks in and I have to say Whedon is nailing it.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so smart and so good. Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be great.Ã‚Â I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed it but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be great.” While his confidence should be taken with a grain of salt, it is a relief to hear the eternally frank RDJ going to bat for the project like this—even if he practically admits he did it for the money. Will Marvel’s gamble pay off? Only one year until we find out for ourselves!
Did you know Jeremy Renner is a megastar? Sure, you probably knew that he stole Ben Affleck‘s The Town and got an Oscar nomination for The Hurt Locker. You may have even known he’s been a cult favorite since 2002′s Dahmer. But with Renner appearing inThe Avengers as Hawkeye, as well as starring in the next Mission: Impossible and Bournemovies, Hollywood has basically put all of their action chips on the 40-year-old. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy plans to cash them in by making a Steve McQueen biopic, to be written by We Own The Night director James Gray.
Playing one of the studliest stars in Hollywood history seems like serious hubris, but look at it this way: if Renner manages to upstage Matt Damon and Tom Cruise in their own action franchises, and make his mark alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and the other Avengers, he really should get to scream “aw, yeah, I’m the new Steve McQueen, baby!” in a vanity film. Plus, if his franchises fail, this McQueen movie will never get made.
An Oscar nomination is great and all, but playing a superhero? Now that’s an honor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner is a signature away from playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, the Marvel superhero team-up blockbuster scheduled for 2012. One of the lesser known heroes in the franchise, Hawkeye has no super powers but is such a badass with a bow and arrow that he gets to party with Iron Man anyway. Frankly, we think Renner may have the better deal: as anyone who’s seen Rambo: First Blood Part II knows, archery looks a lot more awesome than artillery.
The massive cast for The Avengers, which will follow the upcoming Thor and Captain America movies, includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America (Joss Whedon of Buffy fame will direct). Other characters still in question include Ant-Man (also scheduled for his own movie, to be directed by Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim‘s Edgar Wright) and The Hulk, last played by the allegedly difficult Edward Norton. But no matter how big the final cast is, it looks like we’ll eat least get some amazing archery GIFs out of it.