Fandom 5: 'Avengers,' More 'Avengers,' and 'Sin City'
The newest Marvel movie gets a lot of thumbs-up, plus a new scene, while Robert Rodriguez dives back into the world of Frank Miller.
A very busy and packed week in the world of nerds. Here are the highlights:
1) Marvel Drops the Big One
It’s been years, if not decades, in the making. Many said it would never happen at all, but The Avengers movie finally got made. And it had its world premiere in Hollywood this past week.
Said Shaun of the Dead filmmaker Edgar Wright: "The Avengers is a big tub of popcorn heaven. A huge grin on my face throughout and much applause from the crowd too." Okay, since he’s working on Ant-Man for Marvel, he can be considered a biased source. But other than the fact that Heat Vision was there and can attest that he’s right, here’s a sampling from what the geek crowd said about the movie that opens May 4:
“The Avengers is pretty epic. There is probably more action in this film's climax than all the other Marvel movie combined!," SlashFilm’s Peter Sciretta said.
“That third act is more than enough to make THE AVENGERS the best Marvel movie yet,” tweeted Ain’t It Cool News’ Jeremy Smith.
2) Avengers Not Done Shooting?
As if the premiere wasn’t enough, then came word that Marvel was shooting another scene that would be added to the very, very end of the movie. (there is already a scene, not to be missed by fans of '70s Marvel, in the middle of the credits).
Robert Downey Jr. revealed the planned shoot at The Avengers press conference, director Joss Whedon and Marvel topper Kevin Feige denied it, then Mark Ruffalo said a shoot was indeed on. All in one day. Whew!
But determined to keep a lid on it, a Marvel spokesperson told THR, “no comment.”
Great. Now I gotta go see the movie again.
3) British Invasion Week
The big comics out this week aren’t from the Big Two, as Marvel and DC are known, but are going to sell like Big Two books.
Secret Service, written by Wanted and Kick-Ass co-creator Mark Millar and drawn by Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, and America’s Got Powers, from British TV personality (and known comic lover) Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch (artist of The Ultimates), are generating a lot of heat and press for being creator-owned books.
Service is British-oriented, mashing up James Bond-type ideas with the modern British economic strata, while Powers looks at American’s society’s fascination with reality TV and games through a super-powered lens.
4) Who’s Ready For Sin?
While one high-profile project lost its director (Gary Ross left Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, in case you missed it), one long-in-the-works movie finally got financing and the greenlight to move forward.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the follow-up to Sin City, the much-admired 2005 Robert Rodriguez adaptation of the Frank Miller comics, will shoot in Austin this summer.
Rodriguez is directing with Miller. One neat thing is that William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing The Departed, co-wrote the script.
Who from the old cast will return? Who will be the new players. The next few weeks will tell that story.
5) Spike and Willow Return
In many ways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is like the queen of the undead. The franchise cannot die.
While Buffy may no longer be on TV, fans of the show have been turning to Dark Horse for a continuation of the story in comic book form. The tales, referred to as “Season Eight” are even considered canon since show creator Joss Whedon is had a hand in writing some of issues.
Now Buffy fans are rejoicing as fan-favorite characters Willow, Buffy’s best pal who is a witch, and Spike, a vampire who’s in love with the Buffster, get their own five-issue comics.
Will they cast a spell on readers or will they bite? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)