With release week finally here, excitement is building to a fever pitch for Earth's Mightiest Movie, beginning with a few new TV spots. This one from Comic Book Movie gives a few milliseconds of unseen footage:
Whereas this Hulk-centric UK television promo makes for some excellent lunchtime viewing:
Here's one from the MarvelFreshmanTV YouTube account entitled "Balance."
According to an interview with director Joss Whedon by the New York Daily News, one of the early versions of "The Avengers" actually included The Wasp. "Trying to figure out the way you want to introduce all those characters, that was stuff we were still tweaking in the edit," Whedon told the New York Daily News.
Finally, Entertainment Weekly has posted a few new shots of "The Avengers" including photos of Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.
Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens May 4
DARK KNIGHT RISES
According to ComingSoon.net, Christopher Nolan's third Batman film has begun its viral promotion. By finding a promotional logo and submitting it via Twitter and Facebook, fans can unlock frames of a new trailer with website TDKR07202012.com logging each discovery. ComingSoon.net has also collected some of the frames into a single image. Check it out below and keep a lookout for the special graffiti logo.
The LA Times Hero Complex blog spoke with Christopher Nolan about the final film and his goals in terms of wrapping up the trilogy.
"Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story," Nolan told Hero Complex. "And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story … unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful."
Opens July 20
The newest international trailer for "Prometheus" hit the air this weekend -- and man, does it ever feature some new footage. It's a meaty three minutes long.
Additionally, Idris Elba spoke with IGN about his role as Captain Janek.
"He is an engineer. He works on these huge vessels that do long-haul space trips," Elba told IGN. "He's the captain of Prometheus and there isn't much to him. He's like a longshoreman. There's no real mystery with him, I don't think, and why would there be? His job is pretty straightforward. He has a character and personality that will reveal itself in the film. But his purpose on that ship is to fly it and to get it from point A to point B. He's not really involved in the politics that ensues in the film."
Opens June 8
IRON MAN 3
While speaking with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Badass Digest asked what would happen should Robert Downey, Jr. would ever leave the role of Tony Stark. Feige compared the "Iron Man" franchise to that of James Bond and noted the studio would consider recasting the role.
"I think Bond is a good example," Feige told Badass Digest. "Let's put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn't, and I'm still here making these movies, we don't take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it."
However, while speaking with MTV News, Robert Downey, Jr. expressed that he wouldn't be giving up the role anytime soon.
"I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes," Downey, Jr. told MTV.
"It's funny. Sometimes you have to call for a good old-fashioned British invasion," the actor continued, speaking about "Iron Man 3." "'Iron Man 3' is really shaping up to be something special. We start in a couple weeks. I'm sure I'll be leaking secrets to you as we move ahead."
Opens May 3, 2013
Speaking of James Bond, here's a sweet new image of Daniel Craig in the upcoming Bond film, "Skyfall."
Opens November 9
In its 2012 Summer Movies Guide, USA Today has posted a new image of Andrew Garfield as the Amazing Spider-Man.
Opens July 3
While speaking with Empire Online, Tom Hiddleston teased the direction of "Thor 2" and some of his hopes for the film.
"What Chris Hemsworth and I would love," Hiddleston told Empire, "is to be allowed is to have a moment -- maybe not in 'Thor 2' but at some stage -- when Loki is forgiven."
Opens November 15, 2013
300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA
According to HeyUGuys.co.uk, actor Jamie Blackley has been dropped from the production of the "300" follow-up in favor of the original choice for the role of co-lead character Calisto. HeyUGuys cites an anonymous source as saying, "Blackley, who was cast as a co-lead in the film has now been dropped from the production altogether in favour of their original choice for the role."
Opens August 2013
THE LONE RANGER
Comic Book Movie has posted a large gallery of photos of Johnny Depp's full Tonto costume from the upcoming Disney adaptation of "The Lone Ranger." The person pictured may not be Depp, but rather his stunt double. Check out the photo below and click through for a full gallery.
Opens May 31, 2013
Spinoff Online reports Fox has hired David James Kelly to rewrite the script for David Slade's "Daredevil" reboot. The script was previously penned by "Fringe" writer/producer Brad Caleb Cane and is based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's "Born Again" storyline.
GAME OF THRONES
I'll leave you today with a preview of next week's episode "The Old Gods and the New." Enjoy!
Airs Sundays on HBO