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"Marvel"ous Surprise

"Marvel"ous Surprise
Marvel Thors High

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Adam @ the Con

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Fri Jul 30th, 2010


Superheroes were in at Comic-Con this year. Not entirely surprising given that this is Comic-Con. Hello! The Green Lantern made a fairly big splash while The Green Hornet sent waves of nervousness throughout Hall H. There was no doubt that Marvel was where it was at this year, particularly where it pertains to big screen adaptations of iconic super hero properties.

First up; an early look at Captain America: The First Avenger. This latest Marvel adaptation just barely started shooting. Director Joe Johnston was on hand as was actor Chris Evans whose been chosen to don the Captain America outfit. Marvel put together a little teaser trailer for the film. Not much. A booming voice over and stock footage of various wars contained in the framework of the infamous Captain America shield. This was followed by a quick shot of Evans in the suit. Short but sweet. Johnston and Evans talked a bit about the challenges of bringing this hot property to the big screen. During the Q&A, Johnston revealed that of all the incarnations of the character, its Ed Brubaker's interpretation that he's drawing from most. Evans looked ripped. Clearly, he's taking the job seriously. Captain America: The First Avenger opens in July 2011.

Second up; a badass look at Thor. Director Kenneth Branagh was introduced to the stage. There are still plenty of folks out there who don't realize who this guy is. Branagh is no newcomer. He's been behind some of the classiest cinematic Shakespeare adaptations of all time, and to have someone of his pedigree involved in a super hero adaptation is quite special. As it turns out, Thor is one of Branagh's favorite super heroes. Branagh introduced a few of his cast members to the stage including Chris Hemsworth and the stunning Natalie Portman. Hemsworth caused quite a stir but he was no match for Portman whose mere presence at the con brought all the male (and even some of the female) geeks to their knees. Branagh is just about done with principal photography so he had a nice big reel to share with us. The reel opens with Thor in his natural habitat and finds him being banished by Anthony Hopkins' stern Oden. As fate would have it, he's exiled to a little planet called Earth where he inadvertently wreaks havoc amongst the mortals. Soon, his powers are sought after to save the world as we know it. Branagh has painted this thing on a pretty big canvas, so fans can rest easy. This will be nothing like that silly Masters of the Universe movie from the 80's. There's a nice little tie in with Iron Man, and Chris Hemsworth looks to be the real deal. Hell, he proved that with limited screen time as James Kirk's father in JJ Abrams' take on Star Trek. I can't speak for anyone else, but personally, I find it exciting that a director of Branagh's stature is working on a film like this. Hopefully, he'll bring some class to the proceedings. Not that other super hero properties haven't been classy, but this is an entirely different kind of class. Thor opens May 6th, 2011.

Check out this killer reel courtesy of comicbookmovie.com;


Finally, the BIG SURPRISE; The lights dimmed, and we were treated to an Avengers teaser. For those not familiar, The Avengers is an all star super hero property comprised of several heroes from the Marvel universe. A big screen Avengers movie has been hinted at for quite a while, and its clear that Jon Favreau had a game plan with his introduction of Nick Fury in Iron Man. That game plan would follow with a Tony Stark cameo in The Incredible Hulk and it looks to be a continuing trend with the upcoming Marvel film adaptations. Following The Avengers teaser, the lights came up and one Robert Downey Jr. was introduced to the stage. One by one, Downey Jr. (who will be reprising his role as Iron Man) would introduce members of The Avengers cast to the stage. Chris Hemsworth as Thor...Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow...Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury...Chris Evans as Captain America...Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, etc. Then he made official what was, up to that point, only rumored; Jeremy Renner will appear as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo will smash as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk (taking over for a departing Edward Norton). Finally, an animated Downey Jr. introduced their fearless director...Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly). To have the entire cast assembled right there on stage was pretty damn impressive. It was a super hero fan's wet dream! Three days of adventure in Hall H came to a rousing conclusion. Talk about going out with a bang! The Avengers is slated for July 2012.

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