Though The Hunger Games may have set the event film bar higher with its record-breaking $155 Million opening, the summer movie season is only a few weeks away and it’s going to kick off with The Avengers – which is looking to be a monster of a release. It’s not a sequel, per se, but it does bring together Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man with Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk, Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye, Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor, Chris Evans‘s Captain America, and Scarlet Johansson‘s Black Widow. To get you more stoked, there’s a new featurette on the film, check it out…
This fluff piece is heavy on the previous films, and I find it funny that they talk up The Incredible Hulk, but can’t show Edward Norton‘s face as Bruce Banner, but then also don’t really show Mark Ruffalo either. Such is the actor switch-up game.
You mostly have writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige talking here, buffered with clips from the returning cast (Downey Jr., Evans and Hemsworth). But with many of those interview clips, it’s hard to tell if they were done for this movie or are leftover snippets from the previous films. Mostly it seems that this is trying to get people caught up with the last couple movies in the series, as it does end with an ad for those previous efforts. No surprise: This also leaves out Ang Lee‘s Hulk.
What’s interesting about this film is that – as we’ve said before – the only real movie star of the film’s superhero leads is Iron Man. Though the other comic films have done okay, Iron Man and its sequel are the only ones that have done $300 Million dollars or more at the domestic box office. The Avengers has the first week of the summer season, and there’s no Fast Five spoiler this year, so the picture will open, and open big. But if it ends up doing numbers closer to what Captain America or Thor did, it will definitely be a disappointment. The Avengers opens in a little more than a month from now, so we should start getting reviews shortly. That said, early word has been very positive.
Would you buy your Avengers tickets now?