The Avengers, 300: Battle of Artemisia, Amazing Spider-Man: May 2nd Comic Reel

Wed, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:13am PDT

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THE AVENGERS

With only a few days left until "The Avengers" hits its U.S. release date, it's become increasingly difficult to avoid seeing Earth's Mightiest Heroes on everything from television advertisements to billboards and web ads. Here's the newest TV spot from Marvel's official YouTube account called "Balance 2."

Speaking of clips, Chris Evans showed up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to debut a new clip from Earth's Mightiest Movie. A tip of the hat to Comic Book Movie for the heads up. Take a look.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke with Wired about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what not having the X-Men and Spider-Man in the same wheelhouse means for continuity.

"Well, look, clearly we would prefer everything be at home, so to speak," Feige told Wired. "But all the contracts are different. Some of them have very firm reversion dates, and some of them we don’t expect to get back any time soon, let’s put it that way. We’re fine with that. We have a great relationship with Sony and Fox. Would we like to have them all back? Sure. But we are more than comfortable with the way things stand now, because it worked out pretty well, right? The Avengers is a gargantuan part of the Marvel Universe, as big a part or bigger part than X-Men, bigger than Fantastic Four. There’s no doubt that Spider-Man is the most well-known, but in terms of families of characters, Avengers is bigger. Yes, the book has been around so long that almost every single character has popped in and out at some point. But there was a little bit of planning and a lot of luck that we ended up with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Widow, Fury, SHIELD, all within our rights. Because that obviously led up to The Avengers."

Meanwhile, Comic Book Movie spoke with Chris Hemsworth about his role as Thor in the film and how he owes his casting as the God of Thunder to director Joss Whedon.

"Joss called Ken Branaugh and said, 'I'm working with Chris, you should see the guy,'" Hemsworth told Comic Book Movie. "Joss was a huge fan of Ken and Ken was a big fan of him, so I kind of slipped in the middle somewhere, got back in the room and then it all came full circle."

Finally, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans spoke to Collider about some of the film's deleted scenes.

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens May 4

300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA

While speaking with MTV, actress Eva Green spoke about her role as Artemisia in the upcoming "300" follow-up film, "Battle of Artemisia."

"Oh yeah, I’m playing Artemisia. She really existed actually," Green told MTV. "She was commander on a boat, of a whole Armada. … She's a very ballsy character, she’s almost like a man, so that’s fun. It’s my first action film, it’s going to be a challenge, [there will be] lots of training."

Opens August 2, 2013

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Spinoff Online has revealed two new posters for "The Amazing Spider-Man" -- one with Spidey in a dynamic, web-slinging pose and another with some battle damage on his suit.

Opens July 3

OLDBOY

According to Deadline, actor Sharlto Copley has been cast in Spike Lee's remake of the classic Japanese film "Oldboy." Copley will play villain Adrian Pryce, an enigmatic billionaire trying to destroy the life of Josh Brolin's character Joe Douchett. "Oldboy" begins shooting in late September 2012.

SKYFALL

Comic Book Movie has posted many new behind-the-scenes photos of the upcoming Bond movie "Skyfall." The photo gallery features pictures of Bond girl Berenice Marlohe alongside Daniel Craig on a yacht. Check out the photo below and be sure to click through for the whole gallery.

Opens November 9

VAN HELSING

In an official press release, Universal Pictures announced it has signed a two-year first-look production deal with writing team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who will begin their time at the studio by re-imagining both "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing."

"We're thrilled to call Universal Pictures our home,” said Kurtzman and Orci via press release. "From the moment we sat down with Adam, Donna, Peter, Jeff and the entire Uni team, there was an instant flow of inspired ideas. They really understand the importance of building a strong creative team and giving our shared projects their full support. We're proud to start making movies that will live as part of Universal’s enduring legacy."

The press release further stated actor Tom Cruise is currently attached to star and produce the "Van Helsing" reboot.

CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

Here's an interesting tidbit from HeyUGuys. On his official Facebook Page, "Chronicles of Riddick" star Vin Diesel revealed the franchise's next film would not be hitting theaters in 2012, but would likely release in January 2013.

"The studio said the earliest they could release the new 'Riddick' is in January... was hoping for 2012... but, it's on the horizon," Diesel said via Facebook. "I think they are liking what they are seeing... haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release... haha... now that's a ways in the future but it is exciting."

The post was accompanied by this image, teasing the return of Riddick.

Opens 2013

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN

TV Guide has posted a new clip of an upcoming episode of Disney XD's "Ultimate Spider-Man" featuring the Incredible Hulk!

Airs Sundays on Disney XD

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