Superhero Round-Up: ‘Avengers’ Surpassing $73M Internationally, Black Widow Standalone Movie, Ruffalo Signs For 6 Hulk Movies, ‘The Wolverine’ Will Be a “True Wolverine Movie” and MOAR!
I’d like to preface this post by saying that The Avengers is the one movie I’d like to see spoiler and judgment free. I’ve been avoiding trailers, clips, featurettes, interviews, comments, etc. – all so that the movies novelty won’t be ruined for me. I don’t want to be the guy that says “I’m sure I’ll still enjoy it, but the initial wow factor of seeing the Avengers Assembled on screen will result in a huge ‘meh’, I’ve been seeing this everyday for months”. That quote actually comes from resident NB writer Jeremy Hudson, who’s fan hope has been ruined by an onslaught of marketing. Point is, it was really hard for me to tackle today’s -Avengers heavy- super hero round up. You’ll just have to excuse my tip-toeing around the subject matter.
Anyhow, hit the jump for an assault of Avengers and post Avengers news. As well as few blips regarding The Amazing Spider-Man and The Wolverine.
First up on the docket – Avengers surpassing $73M internationally.
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have provided us with estimates of the overseas box office for The Avengers so far. The Joss Whedon super hero epic has earned an estimated $73.1 million in its first Wednesday through Friday of overseas release from 41 territories representing approximately 70% of the film’s potential performance (the figure does not include Russia, China and Japan).
Here are the results of the key territories:
Australia – $11.1M
UK – $9.4M
France – $6.8M
Italy – $5.8M
Mexico – $4.7M
Korea – $4.5M
Taiwan – $3.6M
Germany – $3.4M
Philippines – $3.4M
Brazil – $2.8M
HK – $1.8M
Spain – $1.7M
Other – $14.1M
Total – $73.1M
I’ve said before that box office numbers don’t interest me. I’m not a numbers kind of guy. However, I have a stake in ownership when something from my culture becomes culturally relevant. Big box office numbers kind of validates my nerdom. So it’s good to hear The Avengers making bank. Here’s to another comic-book movie bumping Twilight off the record list.
Next – Joss Whedon’s Commentary On The ‘Avengers’ Iron Man- Thor “Face Off” Clip
Argh! that fucking headline just ruined things for me. I would have preferred to be oblivious to Avengers in-fighting. Thanks Joss, for inserting you’re angelic ginger mouth before the films May 4th release. Anyhow, Whedon recently sat down exclusively with Yahoo Movies and offered commentary to one of the previously-released movie clips (which I may have seen, but have tried desperately hard to forget). Featuring “the Face Off” between Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth‘s mighty Thor, watch the video above.
Next – Hemsworth and Hiddleston Explain How Thor Returns to Earth in ‘The Avengers’
With the Bifrost destroyed at the end of Thor, just how does the God of Thunder return to Earth in Marvel’s The Avengers? Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston do their best to explain this particular plot development – all while I stick my fingers in my ear and shout “LA
Source: MTV Splash Page
Next – Screening Footage From The Tribecca Film Festival
Our friends from ComicBookMovie rounded up some B-Roll footage from The Avengers special screening at the Tribeca Film Festival where the stars honored the men and women of the special armed forces, first-responders and local law enforcement.That’s pretty awesome, the super heroes honoring the real life heroes. But, of course, I wouldn’t know anything about that ’cause I didn’t watch a flippin’ sec. from the 4 clips above.
Time for some post Avengers talk – Black Widow Standalone “Already Planned” Says Kevin Feige
During a recent Q&A interview with Movieline Marvel Studios head chief cake Kevin Feige (which is pronounced “Fay-gay”) revealed plans for Scarlett Johansson‘s Russian S.H.I.E.L.D. spy Black Widow. He’s quote implies they have a stand alone movie planned. Check out the quote below:
How far along are we from seeing Black Widow in her own story?
Well, I think you saw it in Avengers. I think that’s one of the many amazing things Joss Whedon can do. I think people are going to be surprised by how powerful Scarlett is in this movie, and how evolved her role is. We have already planned her next appearances and where to take that character because we believe in it and we believe in her in a big, big way. When will there be a standalone? Both is what we’re heading toward. A lot of it is that we’re only going to make two movies a year, maybe sometimes it’ll be one movie a year like this year, maybe someday it’ll be three movies a year just depending on what comes together. But really, it’s two movies. So there’s kind of a backup on the runway right now in terms of when can something go. We do like when some of the characters appear in other people’s movies.
Huh, me again? Oh… I’ll simply say ” Can’t wait to see DAT ASS!!! ”
Moving onto The Hulk – Mark Ruffalo Has Six Figure Picture Deal With Marvel
Talking to Collider, Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he is signed up to star in SIX Marvel Studios movies. Ruffalo also talked about his reaction to reading The Avengers script for the first time, deleted scenes, and how funny the movie is. Watch the video interview above.
Mark Ruffalo got a multi-deal picture with Marvel!? I wonder what Ed Norton & Terrence Howard must be feeling now.
Now, onto some non-Avengers super hero news…
– New Images from The Amazing Spider-Man
Two new images from The Amazing Spider-Man have gone online. Picture 1 is of Spider-Man sitting on the ground, in shackles, with guns pointed at his web head. Picture 2 is a battle worn Spidery standing, in what looks to be, Doc Connors (aka The Lizard) office. I’d laugh at the thimble sized bulge Andrew Garfield is sportin’, but I (sadly) wouldn’t fair much better in skin tight blues.
Here’s the synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man:
Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret his father held…a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins.
Ending our super hero round up – FOX CEO Says ‘The Wolverine’ Will Be a “True Wolverine Movie”
After a series of delays, it appears that The Wolverine – said to be a stand alone film starring Hugh Jackman yet again as the famous Marvel Comics character – is finally beginning production this summer. Recently, it was confirmed that the film, directed by Knight And Day’s James Mangold, will film in both Australia and Japan. Now, in an interview with Collider, Fox CEO Tom Rothman updates on the flick, revealing when casting begins and their current preparation. “Hugh Jackman is finishing Les Miserables in London, we’re gearing up and prepping now. We’ll shoot the stage work in Australia and the location work in Japan, and we’ll start casting in the next month or so. There’ll be a lot of local Japanese talent in it.”
Additionally, Rothman discussed the story and how it’s a “true Wolverine” film. “This is […] a pretty original take. It’s based on a very successful run in the comics, but it’s a true Wolverine movie, I mean this is the true berserker, bad ass Wolverine.” The film is based on Frank Miller’s successful Japanese storyline. It’s additionally been confirmed that the Silver Samurai will be the villain in the movie.
The Wolverine is set to hit theaters July 26th, 2013.
Source: Source: ComicBookMovie