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Jeremy Renner as HawkeyeLooks like Jeremy Renner will be taking on the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.

Renner was rumored to be up for the role during the fall, but his attachment at the time Universal’s Battleship and to a as yet unnamed Paul Thomas Anderson project was thought to prevent him from joining the film. Since then, Renner has not been cast in Battleship and Anderson’s project has been pushed back repeatedly as it’s tried to cobble together financing.

I like Renner for this role, and he’s a former Whedonite, (He played Penn on Angel) so I’m hoping this means Joss will be able to draft more of his favorite actors for the film. *cough* Nathan Fillion *cough* Gina Torres *cough*

This is good news. I’m really excited. Renner is a tremendously talented actor, it’s nice to see him continuing to get some recognition post The Hurt Locker.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the costume.

Via: Heat Vision – The Hollywood Reporter

‘Tis the day for concept art!

First we saw the official costume for Captain America, Now images of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor costume have begun to appear like popcorn all over the Internet today:


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A few days ago, Mike Sampson over at JoBlo posted a detailed description of Captain America’s costume developed for Chris Evans:

The fabric of the costume doesn’t look like the scaled material of SPIDER-MAN but more of a leather fabric, like something you’d see on one of the X-MEN. Cap wears an old school utility belt, the likes of which we haven’t seen much in modern superhero movies. Utility belts were a staple of comic superheroes but haven’t made the transition but here Cap sports a rather thick belt made up of brown pockets with a silver buckle. (It actually looks something like the belt on this Captain America toy. [snip]
The suit actually has a practical WWII military look to it with some of the obvious Captain America flourishes that we would expect. It’s hard to really pass judgment on a costume until you see it properly lit, in motion and doing what it’s meant to do. But based on what I saw, I’m pretty impressed with how they were able to adapt the costume for the film.

As for the shield, it actually hews very closely to the classic design of red/white/red rings with the white star in a blue circle at the middle.

And yesterday, AICN posted artwork of a completely different source, which Mike from JoBlo has confirmed to be the art he was describing in his original piece.

And now, without further ado, I give you: Captain America – The First Avenger:

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Could Josh Holloway play either Hank Pym or Dum Dum Dugan?Hmmmm….. Avengers News is reporting that Josh Holloway is in talks to play a “lead” role in The Avengers movie: either Hank Pym (Ant Man), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) or Timothy “Dum Dum” Duggan. All these movies would potentially  have their own franchises spun off of them.

Of all those choices, I’m liking Holloway for Hank Pym. I’d honestly like to see Hawkeye go to Nathan Filion, who deserves a movie franchise after all this time. And Dum Dum’s character just screams Sam Elliot to me.

According to Avengers News, the word “lead” is important when it comes to negotiations:

We mention a “lead” role because these bigger actors often won’t sign “retainers”, meaning everything should be 100% locked (character, film, etc) for Josh once he’s signed the dotted line.

Interesting. No word yet as to what Joss Whedon has to say about casting, if anything. It would be nice to see The Avengers cast and director choices firmed up over the summer.

What do you think?

Via: Avengers News

It’s Just Some Random Guy posted his 100th VIDEO this week.

If you haven’t seen any of these before, the videos started as a spoof of the PC/Mac commercials using Marvel and DC characters. These shorts evolved into two serial movies, After Hours and Happy Hour. In the serials, the action centers around the adventures of all the major DC and Marvel heroes and villains as they kick back and relax at Stan’s Place, a super hero bar owned by Stan Lee. The characters also comment on the state of their movie franchises and parody other popular summer movie offerings.

What’s so surprising about these videos is the amount of emotional depth IJSRG is able to generate using nothing but action figures. I dare anyone to to watch Twas the Dark Night Before Christmas and not tear up just a little.

When not making parody videos, It’s Just Some Random Guy and Girl are creating promotional videos for various Comic Cons (and the Ontario PGA Golf Merchandising Show – HUH?).

If you are a comic fan, it’s worth the time to sit down and watch these videos. These are great stories filled with stellar character moments – my favorite being  Green Goblin busting out singing Summertime. Even if comics aren’t your thing, pop some popcorn and settle in for a great ride. I promise you will bust a gut laughing.

I hope the series goes on for a long time. Keep up the good work and again, congratulations!

The action continues with Zero Hour.

Review: Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2Iron Man 2

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Rating: Rating System!Rating System!Rating System!/ 5 purses

Iron Man 2 throws you right back where the action left off in Iron Man. Tony Stark has just revealed to the world that he… is… Iron Man, and the media frenzy has begun. Accolades, adulation flow like wine, but one man is not celebrating. He is dying in a squalid apartment in Moscow watching the drama unfold on TV. His only companion is his son – Ivan Vanko. As his father, bitter and vindictive to the end,  breathes his last, Ivan gets to work on an arc reactor similar to the one Stark built in Afghanistan using forty year old plans developed by his father and Howard Stark.

Six months later, Tony, as Iron Man, has opened Stark Expo with a self-indulgent display that is cringe worthy. Given his level of hubris in the first movie, you are aching for someone to give him a smackdown. It only gets worse at the Senate arms committee where he embarrasses the government and humiliates his corporate rival, Justin Hammer.

It’s only after the Senate committee meeting that we realize that Tony *is* getting a smackdown of biblical proportions – the arc reactor that is keeping the shrapnel from destroying his heart, is slowly poisoning him. He’s dying and the only thing he cares about is his legacy as the protector of world peace, and he will do anything to keep that glory all to himself, even alienate his best friends Rhody and Pepper.

The scene changes at this point from California to Monaco for the Grand Prix, where Tony finally encounters Ivan Vanko as Whiplash. From this point on, the film chugs along slowly, setting Vanko up as Justin Hammer’s go-to guy for destroying Tony, the degeneration of Tony’s personal relationships and the loss of one of his Iron Man prototypes to the US Military. It doesn’t pick up again until Hammer’s presentation at Stark Expo, which sparks the final action packed third of the movie.

Sam Rockwell as Justin HammerI enjoyed Iron Man 2. It has its problems, mostly with the melodrama involving Tony and his father which drags the movie down during the middle of the film. It also criminally short changes several characters: Pepper Potts, SHIELD’s insider Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow, but worst of all Ivan Vanko and Justin Hammer. Mickey Rourke could have made a great villain, but he’s given so little to work with in terms of back story and motivation. The scene that he shares with Tony is lifeless. Rourke is so bogged down in his accent, that he isn’t able to generate any passion for his cause. He is neither menacing or sympathetic. As for poor Sam Rockwell, he does a great job playing a buffoon. I can see shades of Guy Fleegman from Galaxy Quest in Justin but in Tony Stark’s chief rival, that is a bad thing. Hammer has all of Tony’s arrogance but none of his charm or intelligence. He’s that nerd from high school who had the clothes, had the car, had all the trappings of popularity, but was such an imbecile that his financial standing didn’t matter – he would never be accepted, he could never get the girl. At no point in the movie do you actually believe that Justin Hammer is ever a real threat to Tony Stark, either personally or professionally.

Pepper and Natasha are also one note characters. Pepper is reduced from Tony’s patient, witty, competent foil to being nothing more than a screaming shrew. She is never able to make a point, or go toe to toe with Tony as she once did. She is completely impotent. As for Black Widow, she could have not made it into the movie and I don’t think you would ever notice. The role that she played in terms of the story could have been better served by Pepper, rounding out her character and role as Tony’s most capable associate without the movie losing anything except skin tight leather.

Scarlett Johansson as Black WidowNone of these players ever really challenge Tony in the end, for better or for worse. It’s disappointing if you’re thinking in terms of this movie and this movie only, but it has interesting potential if you look at it in terms of the greater story arc. At the end of Iron Man 2, Tony Stark has yet to be successfully challenged by anyone. His greatest enemy is yet to come. His greatest enemy, ultimately, is himself. And that premise sets up for a  for a truly delicious sequel. I just hope Jon Favreau and his team of writers are up for the task.

Visually, the movie is stunning, although there was one effect during Scarlett Johansson’s fight scene near the end that bothered me. There seemed to be some sort of double exposure on her movements that was distracting and honestly hurt my eyes. I know it wasn’t just me because DH mentioned it as well. I’m not sure if it was the print of the film, or some sort of special effect, so I’ll be interested to hear if anyone else saw the same thing.

Iron Man and War MachineAll and all, Iron Man 2 was a fun film. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I was hoping to see an expanded role for Pepper Potts, as well as more interaction between Nick Fury and Tony Stark. Sam Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. sparkle when they’re on screen together. The film maintained its humor throughout – no one quips like Robert Downey Jr. Happily, Don Cheadle walked into the role of James Rhodes and nailed it. He was with Downey beat for beat and I actually preferred his characterization of Rhodes to Terrence Howard’s who struck me as whiny and self involved. It will be interesting to see where Tony and James’ relationship goes from here. I do think it’s a fine set-up for both The Avengers movie and the next Iron Man sequel.

For those who are wondering, Iron Man 2 is definitely worth seeing in the IMAX format. The scene where Iron Man and War Machine are being chased through the Stark Expo grounds is amazing and definitely worth the extra coin.

BTW, stick around after the credits for a teaser of epic proportions.

Robert Downey Jr. is the bestest.I’m not sure I’ve mentioned yet how much I love Robert Downey Jr.

I love the man. I believe he’s an incredibly inspiring person. One of the things that I love about him is his brutal honesty when it comes to discussing his life, his addictions and his brushes with the law. I can’t think of one other person who has been able to turn it around the way he did.

And the fact that he could go through so much and still come out with a healthy dose of humour about himself – he is always able to find the funny about himself and that whole horrible period in his life.

He managed to go up a notch on the FG Respect-O-Meter (patent pending) this week.  When asked if he’s had experience with superhero costumes prior to Iron Man, he responded:

“Growing up, no. But in my mid-30s in Palm Springs right before an arrest, yes.”

OH SNAP!

You rule Robert. I bow down before you’re awesomeness.

Via: People’s Top 10 Celebrity Quotes of the Week

Interesting Casting Rumor

Tommy Lee Jones to join Captain America?This sounds intriguing. UGO is reporting that Tommy Lee Jones is close to joining the cast of Captain America.

Hmmmmm…

Not sure how reliable that is, considering Jones has signed on to reprise his role as Agent Kay in Men in Black III: Did We Really Need This Movie?

Frankly, I would much rather see him in the Captain America movie despite my reservations. He would certainly bring a lot of cred to the production and I would love to see him going head to (shiny, red) head with Hugo Weaving. That could potentially be a lot of fun.

The question is (after you ask yourself if this could be a lot of bull) what role should he play? Potential characters include: Dr. Abraham Erskine the man who invented the Super Soldier Serum, some as yet unnamed head of the Super Soldier Program (Operation Rebirth), or could he be Bucky Barnes, 60 years later if they don’t kill him off?

T’will be interesting. I’ll keep you updated.

Yahoo has posted the first photo of Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian God, Thor.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

The armour looks good, but Thor seems, well, broody. This is kind of an odd pick for a first look. I would have thought they would want to use something heroic to promote a superhero movie. Emo and Norse Gods don’t mix.

What do you think?

Joss Whedon to direct The AvengersYou read it here, well, probably not first exactly, but it looks like Joss Whedon *will* be directing the upcoming Avengers movie!

According to both Entertainment Weekly and Deadline New York, Whedon is in final negotiations with Marvel to direct the multi-hero adaptation that’s due out in May 2012. This means that he will not be directing the Runaways as had been previously reported, that role has been given to Pete Sollett. The movie will bring together Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Helmsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury as well as introducing some of Marvel’s second tier heroes for the first time.

I am so happy for Joss and excited for all of us.  I think Whedon is a great choice for this movie, he’s great at directing ensemble pieces, he’s a master at balancing humour and drama and no one writes better snappy dialogue than he does. He’s also great at coaxing strong performances out of weaker actors.

I cannot wait to see who else will be joining the cast and in what capacity.

Say it with me now, you know you want to:

SQUEEUpdate: Variety is now on board as well. They are also saying that Edward Norton might be returning as The Hulk as well.  *Snoopy Dance*