The character of Hawkeye, while he may be one of the less memorable moments of the two Marvel films he’s starred in so far, has still become somewhat of a familiar face. Or rather, Jeremy Renner’s face has become familiar. But that may not be for much longer, for if “sources” are to be believed, the actor-archer is not only absent from Marvel’s Phase 2, but Hawkeye may also be transferring to television – albeit with a different actor holding the bow.
So why all the changes? Some are saying that Renner’s big mouth may be the cause of his being phased out of Phase 2. When talking to Total Film, he had these words for his fans:
For 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses … I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.
It looks like his negative comments, however truthful they may be, could have pissed Marvel execs off. After all, you don’t want the actors in your movies talking smack about them and potentially hurting future ticket/DVD sales right? Just smile and nod and praise Kevin Feige, Jeremy and everything will be just fine.
If the rumors of his departure are true, it may also be true that the character of Hawkeye will be picked up by a fresh face and possibly transferred to Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a regular. Seeing as how there are plenty of other characters to choose from for upcoming films (perhaps even a few that have the potential for a film of their own), it’s not difficult to see Marvel shifting the semi-popular character over to television. Hell, maybe him and (Green) Arrow could go even go out for drinks some time, eh?
There’s a new trailer out for Marvel’s Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, thedirect-to-video Marvel Anime adaptation. Written by Brandon Auman and directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki this animated movie brings Matthew Mercer as the voice of Tony Stark and Walking Dead fan favorite Norman Reedus as the voice of the Punisher.
Billionaire Tony Stark, in his Iron Man armor, prevents an attack from a mysterious new foe, but innocent bystanders are killed, including his best friend War Machine, Lt. Colonel James Rhodes. Detained for questioning by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man escapes, determined to find the mastermind behind the attack. Pursued by Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man enlists the help of the ruthless vigilante The Punisher. But can the Armored Avenger handle what he finds when he catches the person responsible and is forced to face his deadliest weapon, a biotechnology called Technovore that could wipe out all life on the planet?
Here’s the new trailer:
This is the first trailer released earlier this year.
Why neither trailer has any character voices is a mystery to me. I was excited to hear Norman’s take on the Punisher’s tone and voice and disappointed that we didn’t even get a taste of it in either trailer. Will you be pulling out your wallet to check this out in April?
The DVD/Blu-ray will be released on April 16th, 2013.
I have what I’d like to consider an advantage in reading and reviewing this comic, and that is that I have no clear idea in my head of what a Hawkeye comic book looks, feels or reads like. I know who Hawkeye is, of course (and yes, I knew who he was before the damn movie, so lay off), but he’s never been one of those characters who grabbed me. I used to feel the same way about Iron Man, though, and Matt Fraction is one of the writers (along with Warren Ellis) who turned that around for me. So, putting my faith in Fraction and dynamite artist David Aja, I snagged this debut issue and found myself swept into a gritty little world with a compelling, funny and completely freestanding Clint Barton at the center.
This NerdBastard has been a fan of S.H.I.E.L.D. since I first picked up a copy of Strange Tales and read about Super Secret Agent Nick Fury fighting to protect the world from the evils of Hydra. One read through and look at that fabulous Jim Steranko art and I was hooked like a 300lb marlin.
You can imagine my delight when watching the Avengers movie; seeing all those S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and equipment every time the Avengers were on the Helicarrier. This NerdBastard was in S.H.I.E.L.D. fan-boy heaven, but that got me thinking . . . an organization that big takes a lot of people to maintain and operate. If I were drafted into S.H.I.E.L.D. (Hell I would be first in the volunteer line) what kind of job could I do? That lead me to think about what kind of job I might get stuck with . . .
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When they started sewing the seeds for The Avengers back in 2008′s Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson was there helping to lay the ground work as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. And ever since, Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have become a bigger and bigger presence in the Marvel films, from The Incredible Hulk to the finale of last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
According to Jackson, the reason for that has as much to do with making S.H.I.E.L.D. feel like a real, functional organization as it does with being a cool Easter Egg.
“We do know that his organization is a real organization. His paranoia is not paranoia but a real founded fear,” says Jackson of Fury’s motivation in The Avengers. Apparently, one of the subplots of the film is Fury’s attempt to justify the necessity of the super-team. “There is a need for the Avengers Initiative, and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be. Which we assume anyway, because he bucks against the system in an interesting way.”
Of course, The Avengers is the result of years of work and planning, but is there anyway that a “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be its own movie? Jackson says it can, but with conditions.
“Natasha [Scarlett Johansson] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn’t do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They’re essential elements of what’s there,” he explains. “I don’t know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose … I mean, we’re not superheroes. We’re more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with good toys—closer to a Bond movie than a superhero movie.”
Well that sounds provocative.
You can get a load of all of Jackson’s comments for yourself, via this video interview courtesy of MTV
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ABOVE: Ever wonder what Super Mario Bros. would be like if instead it would be Super Mario Sisters. Knowing the Japanese and the love of a girl in uniform with a skirt I’m kind of surprised we haven’t seen a gender-swapped edition. Nintendo, get on that! Enji Night would make such a cute cover girl. (Fashionably Geek)
You’re probably familiar with the spectacular posters created by Mondo, the art boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. They’ve made awesome poster designs for everything from Star Wars to Hellboy to TRON to Scott Pilgrim. Mondo likes to focus, “on bringing art back to movie posters,” and they work with some of the best artists available.
With The Avengers releasing in two weeks they’ve announced they’ll be releasing a special seven poster series to celebrate. One can only assume each poster will feature a specific member of the super team and I cannot wait to see what kick ass designs they’ve come up with. Today they shared the posters for both Black Widow and Hawkeye and they are amazing! Olly Moss created Black Widow’s poster and Tom Whalen was responsible for Hawkeye’s. Check ‘em out below,
23 days and counting until The Avengers hits the big screens across the country. This summer has seen the advent and increase in the movie clips shown, entire 10 to 20 minutes of the start of the movie clips, 10 second teasers of trailers that tease the movie, pre-theater still pictures and featurettes, blog postings and videos with in depth cast and production comments and dialogue, and now even more and more clips of clips that when clipped together form some new Hollywood Marketing Frankenstein Monster that wants to suck all the anticipation out of our collective nerdy bones while licking it’s lips and smacking it’s monstrous gums on that sweet, juicy marrow.
The only redeeming feature about all these clips is that it will give the movie goer the opportunity to go pee after drinking that 64 ounce monster Coke, pick those popcorn kernels out of your back teeth, and maybe for those lucky few the chance for a quick darkened theater tongue lashing from your significant other without missing anything.
So go ahead intrepid NerdBastard reader, get your fill of these Avengers clips, dip well into creative genius of Josh Whedon, and revel in his hot-tub bubbles of Marvel goodness.
“Ve haave vays of making you Hulk out Dr. Banner . . .”
The German “Avengers” trailer has hit the Uberweb. There is only a couple of seconds of new footage towards the end, but it is a fun couple of seconds.
Stark just being Stark.
When you are a ”Genius, Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist” you can act like that around others and get away with it for quite a bit longer than the rest of us. It will be these kinds of moments though, that will make or break this movie. We already know the action will be great, the effects unbelievable, and the Black Widow poses sexy, but will the characters mesh as a team while still holding true to their core values?
Directed by fandom’s favourite son, Joss Whedon; Marvel’s THE AVENGERS stars Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury.
The star studded ensemble cast of super heroes are also joined by Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig.
This movie just looks better and better. This is the trailer all The Avengers fanboys have been waiting for. Hard hitting action, conflict on the team, witty quips, high tech SHIELD spy stuff, what isn’t in this film?
This movie is gonna rock the Superhero movie genre box office socks off. It’s not going to break records . . . it’s gonna crush them.
This trailer pushes all this NerdBastards buttons . . .
“The Avengers” Release date is 4 May 2012.
Complete star cast of The Avengers includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jermy Renner, Samuel Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Lou Ferrigno (Hulk voice) and Clark Gregg.
Is it just me or does the “Avengers Assemble” title look cooler than just “The Avengers” ?
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