Ten years ago, Spider-Man opened to theaters across America and became the first movie to cross the $100m mark on an opening weekend. Now, more of Marvel's finest continue that fine tradition, as The Avengers smashes box office records by becoming the first movie to gross over $200m in a single weekend.
Marvel President Kevin Feige has big plans for the future of the Marvel Movieverse. Astronomically big.
After months of trailers, clips, stills and more trailers, the big day finally arrived. The build-up to The Avengers (as I’ll refer to it as for the rest of this review) began years back with that little teaser at the end of Iron Man and since then it’s been a marketing master class in accumulating hype. It was always going to be a massive challenge to all involved to ensure that it lived up to its colossal expectations. Here was a movie which would attempt to cram several franchises worth of stars into one story and still end up with an entertaining and coherent plot. It was undoubtedly a mammoth task and one which I’m glad to say, Joss Whedon and his gang pass with flying colours.
The Avengers is currently destroying the foreign box office (and has yet to be released in the US, so imagine how much bigger it's about to get) and the public has never been more excited and eager to follow the exploits of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, so talk has turned to what comes after The Avengers have Assembled.
With all the hype this year around a certain superhero collective, the reappearance of the bat-attired vigilante and a return trip to Middle Earth amongst others, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that there is a G.I. Joe sequel on its way. But there is, and we have lots of pictures and character posters from G.I. Joe: Retaliation to prove it.
Warning: If you get sandy in the privates about any minute detail being revealed as a "spoiler", then avoid the rest of this story because I'll be talking about the nature of the alien threat that will plague The Avengers this summer.
Tis but a week to go until The Avengers finally get out their screwdrivers and show us their assembling skills, and to celebrate the film’s impending release Texas-based art company Mondo has commissioned seven special Avengers posters.
A whopping 27 new images of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble have been released online this week, which include a look at How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, the Hulk at his angriest, a lot of lasers, and the odd-looking antagonist Loki played by Tom Hiddleston.
Avengers marketing has been a little excessive of late, with enough promotional clips released that you could probably edit them together and have most of the movie by now, but there is still room for some interesting buzz surrounding Marvel's epic blockbuster.
Marvel's The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble, if that's how you choose to live your life) will open in the UK on April 26th, and rolling out around the world over the following weeks. Since 2008's Iron Man, Marvel have built towards The Avengers, but where do they go from here?
Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige talked to Collider about the future of the studio, including some news on sequels to Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers (assuming it succeeds).