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Avengers Assemble…. on May 4th!!!

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A few days ago, a new trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers came out and got me excited for the summer of 2012. While this summer does not look to be as huge as last summer for Marvel, this movie represents the culmination of several past movie events and the work of several past summers. Needless to say (and I’m saying it again here), I’m excited to finally see what Joss Whedon, Zak Penn, and the actors have created with the movie. However, I have some apprehensions that I hope will be a null and void point when I finally watch the movie.

1) The star power of the cast as a whole is quite scary for a movie of this magnitude. I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing. Honestly, to this point, all the characters have functioned and embodied the characters in much the way that I would have hoped that they would. I will even admit that Chris Evans as Capt. wasn’t that bad… and I didn’t have high hopes for him in that film. However, when you put too many big stars together, it sometimes seems that the product they give isn’t necessarily the best thing that has ever been… There are many examples of this in moviedom memory (Be Cool (2005), Shark Tale (2004), and there are many more… you know these) that fail from their inception… I’m hoping that this is not the case with this movie simply because Joss Whedon is at the helm. From his television shows, he has proven that he can work well with ensemble casts. Here’s hoping that he can deal with the egos of the big league.

2) Speaking of people in the film, I’m also concerned about Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner… I don’t know that he can bring the understated nature of the intelligent Banner to life… When I heard that Edward Norton wasn’t coming aboard for this movie, I began to think that it might be better just to eliminate the Hulk altogether (and I know that he is a part of the Avengers… I just don’t know about Ruffalo). Honestly, I just don’t find Ruffalo to be the right actor for the part because he doesn’t look like the Banner type… You can put glasses on some one but this does not indicate intelligence… we’ve seen many examples of this. While I think that Ruffalo will do an alright job as evidenced by his acting cred, I just don’t feel like he will be a good Bruce Banner for me…

3) Storyline to bring them together… While I am excited that it looks like Loki will be the main villain, I am concerned as to how they are going to finally bring them together. They have been doing this all along, but I worry that things will not work together as well as what it should…

Still, even with these apprehensions in mind, I look forward to seeing movie at a midnight showing on May 4th. I will be there (not in costume… I’m a fan boy… but yeah…) and waiting to be bewitched by the characters one more time. Seeing Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Capt. America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and all the other characters come to life once again and as a group will be awesome. All these individuals have made great movies on their own, so they should be able to bring some of that charisma as a group.

As Loki says in the trailer, “How desperate are you that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”

For me, I’m desperate to see how these “creatures” come alive once again.

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Year of the Geek: Comic Book Movies of 2011

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I saw somewhere on the internet the other day (maybe it was my homepage…I’m not completely sure which is one of the pitfalls of reading news and such on the internet the majority of the time…but any way) that a lot of people are terming this year the year of the geek due to the excessive number of comic book movies coming out in the theaters this year. Honestly, I am excited about this year…does that mean I am a geek myself. I believe so because I am looking forward to watching several of the movies that will be coming out over the course of the year, and here are the few that I’m most interested in (and alright, I am a Marvel snob to some degree…so forgive me if a lot of the DC or Darkhorse stuff is missing from my assessment).

Thor–Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. This movie is promising to be one of the must see movies of the summer months. Following the storyline of one of the most prominent Marvel characters (which all of them are prominent in their own right), this movie is bringing us all one step closer to the promised Avengers movie that will be in theaters in 2012. What I am most interested in in this movie is how they are going to meld the scientific and the magical worlds that Marvel are known for. I know that in the movie trailer they are saying that science and magic are practically the same thing just us dumb humans using another name for something mystical. Yet, I’m still intrigued to see how far they go with this concept.

X-Men: First Class–As most of you know who read my blog on a regular basis, X-Men are the comic book heroes that are near and dear to my heart, so it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am anxious about this upcoming movie.  It does have a few good things going for it though. First, Matthew Vaughn is directing the movie and overall his other movies (Kick Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake…all good movies). Then, you have Bryan Singer (the man who co-wrote and directed for the first two good X-Men movies) responsible for the story. Finally, you have several actors that are pretty good in the roles of some of our memorable characters (James McAvoy is Professor X, Kevin Bacon is Sebastian Shaw, and many more). I’m still holding my breath on the this one because we all know the debacle of the third movie. However, I’m trying to remain hopeful that this movie might help redeem the series from X3 and the Wolverine movie. Also, another side note, Wolverine will not be in this one unless it is a small cameo (Hooray! I don’t like him that much anyway).

Green Lantern–Okay, so, this is one of the few (if only) DC comic movie adaptation that appears here. I’m interested in this one because let’s face it Green Lantern is a pretty cool super hero. His powers are limited by the strength of his mind…so, yeah, he seems like he would be any intellectual’s go to super hero. Being played by Ryan Reynolds, I think this movie has potential if it is done right because like any other super hero movie it also has the potential to be sooooooo bad too.

Captain America: The First Avenger–Okay, so, I’m not a huge fan of Capt. However, I’m pretty excited about this movie because its release will be the last piece of the puzzle for the afore-mentioned Avengers movie. Chris Evans will be an okay Capt. (I’m not completely thrilled by his casting choice partially because he has already been a character in the Marvel-verse of movies), but I am really excited to see Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I think that he is going to be amazing at that. Why? Because he plays evil and off-beat characters well (look at Mr. Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, etc)…I’m just excited overall.

So, these are just a sampling of the top things that I”m looking forward to. I’m also excited about Harry Potter and other things of that nature (not excited about Twilight). Looking forward to seeing Paul Bettany in Priest. Yet, I’m also not excited to see some others (like the Green Hornet for instance…I find Seth Rogen insufferable). However, there will be more to come of these other things in following days. Till then, adieu.

Captain America vs. The Red Skull

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I’m sure it has come to everyone’s attention at this point that they are producing a Captain America Movie starring Chris Evans as Capt. Well, as you know, I am on the fence about this decision for many, many reasons and have mentioned them before. Therefore, I will not go into them now. However, I think a great casting choice that they’ve made is who is going to play the Red Skull, Capt.’s main villain. Brace yourself…it’s going to be Hugo Weaving.

Honestly, as much as I dislike the Chris Evans casting, I approve of this casting whole heartedly. Why? Because Weaving is an amazing actor. Watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Transformers (he voiced Megatron), and many more to see his acting chops. He is an amazing actor and will bring the character of the Red Skull into glorious reality (as far as movie reality goes…). Weaving has ability to become this character.

The only thing that I really worry about with this casting choice is how will Evans fare against this powerhouse? I mean seriously Weaving is more experienced and brings a large presence to the screen. I mean for God sakes in V for Vendetta he, as V,  overshadowed Natalie Portman’s performance and this was without the use of facial expressions…or even seeing his face for that matter. He is that good. It scares me that he will make the tilt of the movie a little off kilter compared to Evans….However, that being said, I believe that he will make the movie something to watch…rather than it just being a Captain America fan’s wet dream.

In my opinion, Weaving will be the reason to watch the movie, and this fact is sad to say because Capt. should be amazing. He is “The First Avenger” afterall. So, while I still hold my breath to see if Evans performance is any good (I still haven’t completely passed judgment because I have been surprised before), I know that Weaving will be amazing…enough said.

The Avengers Meet Buffy

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So, the other day, I was speaking with a friend of mine when she mentioned something that immediately made me joyful. With all the controversy that has been surrounding the casting of Captain America and Thor, I have not kept up with who would be directing this large ensemble cast. It is not a terribly easy thing to do and do well…so, I was really excited when I heard Joss Whedon of Buffy, Firefly, and Dollhouse would be the one responsible. Immediately, I had the thought that this movie has an amazing prospect to be good whereas other directors might not understand the dynamics of the thing. I believe that Joss Whedon will do an amazing job of bringing these comic book icons to the big screen.

1) His previous work is amazing. If you have ever watched an episode of any of his shows, it is clear that he has a certain artistry to him. If you’ve ever seen Buffy, Firefly, or anything else that he has done, he has a definite vision for all of his projects, and it’s this vision that excites me.

2) Going back to his vision, Joss Whedon has a phenomenal understanding of the inner workings of comic books. Within the past few years (2004 to be exact), he wrote the Astonishing X-Men arc of Marvel’s much beloved series. In it, he creates a wonderful story of what could have been if the X-Men were under different leadership due to unforseen circumstances. He knows what is going to work to help bring the comic book movie together, and this pleases me.

3) My final reason that I approve of Joss Whedon directing the Avengers’ movie (other than liking his previous work) is that he knows how to deal well with an ensemble cast. If you look at any of the shows that he has created/directed, Whedon has massive casts. Whereas your average cast may have 3 to 4 “main” characters, his tend to be larger. At one point, Buffy had 8+ people to manage, and his other shows such as Dollhouse and Firefly have similar numbers. He knows how to weave his characters that he is given into a cohesive whole. Why should The Avengers be any different?

With the year 2012 (the release date for the movie) fast approaching, the little boy inside of me is giddy because I’ll be able to see Joss Whedon’s vision of Marvel. It should be wonderful because he will have a fairly large budget to work with and will no longer be inhibited by small screen conventions. With his unlimitedly creative mind and a budget to match, what could Whedon produce other than an exciting and intriguing film?

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April 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Captain America: Chris Evans?!?

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Chris Evans of Fantastic Four movie fame has been named as Steve Rogers/Captain America for the upcoming movies that Marvel is in the process of producing. My immediate response was Why?. I mean he’s okay as seen from roles such as Mace in the movie Sunshine with Cillian Murphy. However, I don’t think that he’s the right actor for the part for several reasons.

1) I don’t think that he has the right dynamic to compete with the other actors. It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying that he is just super low key either. It’s just that he’s going to have to act against Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson (two very seasoned actors). Captain America is the leader of the Avengers for all practical purposes…he has to be able to believably take the reigns of leadership; honestly, I don’t know that he can do this when teamed with Jr.’s Tony Stark…

2) The jury is out as to whether he can pull off the “person from another time in the modern world” issue. Most of the roles in which he has appeared are not roles that require a lot of acting dynamic…I’m sorry even being the Captain of a ship that is destined to crash into the sun isn’t really enough. It’s one of those things that has been problematic for me since the being of casting talks. Who has the acting range to play this character and still fit all of our criteria (physically fit, American, etc. )? The answer is no one really knows what prominent actor has the chops to play this person and still be the right fit. I only hope that Evans will prove me wrong about his acting prowess.

3) He’s already been a character in the Marvelverse. This probably bothers me the most and is the most trivial of all the reasons. I don’t like the fact that the movie companies are so willing to compromise the artistry of the universe in order to cast him as another person. I know in the end all that matters to them is the money that rolls in; however,  I would also like to think that there was someone in the casting room going “Wait hasn’t he already been in one of our movies?” In my head, it just makes the idea of the “bridging of the universe” in the Avengers movie a little problematic because Reed Richards and the other members of the Fantastic Four will possibly appear in the sequels to the Avengers movie (face it, the sequels are going to happen).

Overall, I think that I am a little disappointed in their casting decision purely because Chris Evans as a dynamic, multifaceted actor is an unknown factor to me. I suppose we shall just have to see when the movie does come out in 2011 whether or not my theory holds up or whether I will be eating my own words.

Captain America

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On the web on pretty much every fanboy website and some legitimate new sites, people have been discussing who they think should play Captain America in the upcoming movies: The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. Why is this casting decision causing so much trouble? Well, there are rumors floating around of unrest with the person who is supposed to be directing the Capt. Movie, of actors ducking out, and many more…However, I think the main reason is that no one really can put their finger on who would make a good Captain America. I mean really he represents the free world and all that the U. S. stands for, the ideals of truth, justice and freedom…Really? Why would that be hard? In my mind though, there are a few other ideas to take into account with casting.

1. Captain America is a character who is out of his element…out of his own time. (Spoiler Alert for those out there that know nothing about the comics!!).Due to him being frozen during WWII, Cap is living in a foreign place. He has been thawed in a more modern world and must face the challenge of acclimating himself to it because although he is a superhero he must also fit in as a regular civilian. The actor playing him must be able to show this depth. If he doesn’t, he will be losing a huge part of the CA character.

2. The person playing Captain America must be American…I know it might sound a little odd, but in the minds of everyone out there, you know that it’s true. I mean I think there are some great British, Irish, Welsh, etc. actors who would play the part and kick ass doing it (Daniel Craig comes to mind). However, this trade-off would not be being true to the heart of the character. He is a symbol of America…it would be odd to have someone other than an American play him…

3. The person who plays him needs to have some basis in the Marvel comic book realm. A person playing a character like this needs to know something about them before they become him. It’s just like playing a character from a well-known book and never reading the books. The actor needs to be versed in the lore and mythology of Cap before they can truly tune into the character. It just makes sense people…

With forerunners like Channing Tatum, Chis Evans, John Krasinski, and others being mentioned, I don’t know that I believe that any of these people can actually tap into the core character that is Captain America. Sure, all of them look like him in some degree or other, but to quote CNN.com,  “Marvel’s casting choice for Cap must be someone who can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury, and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, to name a few.”  A lot of the movie franchise’s success rests on this choice…will they make the right one?(I also believe that one great casting choice they’ve made is casting Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull…Amazing!). Personally, I think that Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles would make a great Cap. I believe that he has the acting range as well as the look, but that’s just me putting my two-cents worth in.

Quote from CNN.com. Click below for a link to the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/16/captain.america.movie.star.ew/index.html