The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus: May 4th Comic Reel

Fri, May 4th, 2012 at 8:59am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

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THE AVENGERS

Whether you saw the midnight release early this morning, plan to see it later today or in the coming weeks, one thing is certain: "The Avengers" is here! For the curious, check out CBR Staffer Josie Campbell's review of Earth's Mightiest Movie or head over to the CBR Avengers Hub where all "Avengers" comic and movie stories are compiled for one-stop viewing.

Also, from the Marvel AU YouTube account, have a new featurette entitled "Teamwork!"

Over at NextMovie.com, Clark Gregg has compiled a hilarious video detailing his top five favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe moments.

Although less hilarious, this Collider video interview with Samuel L. Jackson is far more informative, giving a quick overview of some scenes that hit the cutting room floor.

Collider also spoke with Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner -- and Johansson noted the differences in portraying the Black Widow in "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers."

Finally, in order to re-live the "Avengers" adventure, Hot Toys has you covered with this excellent likeness of Chris Hemsworth as an action figure, courtesy of Comic Book Movie.

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Now playing!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Unsurprisingly, a new trailer for Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" was paired with "The Avengers." Check it out below:

Over at MTV Splash Page, Chris Zylka (who plays Flash Thompson in the upcoming film) spoke about his process in developing the character of Flash to help the audience further understand Peter Parker's high school arch-nemesis.

"I just really tried to delve into 'why,'" Zylka told MTV. "Why does Flash do this? And to try to show that to the audience a little bit more than just beating up on Peter or just being an adoring fan of Spider-Man. And maybe showing the backstory a bit more to the character, why he's a bully and stuff like that."

Finally, Marc Webb spoke with Collider about "The Amazing Spider-Man" where the director noted, among other things, the impact of the disappearance of Peter's parents and the death of Uncle Ben.

"The first domino in the story is the parents," Webb told Collider. "He goes out looking for his father and he finds himself. That's my tagline. There are a few elements that Marvel is very protective of, and Uncle Ben's death is a very important part of the Spider-Man origin story. Uncle Ben's death, transforming him and having an impact, in a certain way, is an incredibly important part of the mythology and I would never subvert that. That's all I'll say about that, but I'm very protective of that."

Opens July 3

PROMETHEUS

Actor Logan Marshall-Green spoke with The Reel Bits about his character Charlie Holloway in the upcoming Ridley Scott film.

"I play Charlie Holloway, who is a scientist and the love interest of Elizabeth Shaw, Noomi Rapace's character," Marshall-Green told The Reel Bits. "They are a team. If she's the brains, he's the legs. I wouldn't go so far to say muscle, but he's the legs. He's the one who leaps before he looks, and sometimes it hurts them as a team but a lot of the times it's helped them. He takes a lot of chances and so far so good. This mission is one of the chances. The beautiful part is Noomi and I are teamed, but we actually differ in our philosophies as to exactly what we want or what we believe. She's the believer. I'm the scientist. I'm the skeptic. I'm the atheist, if you will. But we complete each other, for lack of a better word. We make a whole in that sense. I think its what's drawn the characters together romantically as well. It's just this kind of respect, full respect but my skepticism matched with her beliefs, her faith."

Opens June 8

SKYFALL

007.com has posted a new behind-the-scenes video blog for "Skyfall," the newest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, containing interviews with the cast and crew.

Opens November 9

THE EXPENDABLES 2

Spinoff Online has posted a video of the debut trailer for "The Expendables 2." Aw yeah, Chuck Norris!

Opens August 17

ARROW

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Arrow" -- the CW show based on DC Comics' Green Arrow -- is considered a "lock for series orders" among the network's eight announced dramas. The network will likely pick up at least five new dramas for next season.

Will air on the CW next season

MEN IN BLACK 3

While speaking with Zap2It, Josh Brolin mentioned how he was able to so accurately channel a young Tommy Lee Jones for "Men In Black 3."

"I just went and rented a little motel down in Mexico with my computer and my GarageBand, and just kind of went through it," Brolin told Zap2It. "I got really frustrated, wanted to quit, wanted to call Sony and say, 'You're wasting your money doing this because I can't do this.' You know, all the actor stuff that people go through. And then you start to go, 'Oh my god, that's one thing that sounds good.'"

Opens May 25

OLDBOY

Speaking of Josh Brolin, the star of the "Oldboy" remake spoke with /Film and said original "Oldboy" director Chan-wook Park gave his blessing for the remake.

"I love 'Oldboy' and I'm close with Chan-wook Park and I emailed him a couple months ago, just asking for his blessing to do this movie becuase if he had said ‘No,' I wouldn't have done it," Brolin told /Film. "But I really respect his movie and we'll make a little different movie and this whole idea of a more Hollywood version of it? Whatever. We're just going to make a different version but have respect to the initial story and premise. I'm looking forward to it, man. I'm talking about it nervously right now because it makes me nervous."

300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA

According to Spinoff Online, actress Eva Green dropped a few hints about her role as Artemisia in the upcoming "300" follow-up during the press junket for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows."

"She's a commander of the Persian armada," she said. “So she fights – she's like a man. … She's another very, very strong woman that has some balls, that's for sure."

Opens August 2, 2013

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

In addition to being the opening day for "The Avengers," today is also Star Wars day! In the spirit of Star Wars day, here's a new short from Team Unicorn members Rileah Vanderbilt and Clare Grant -- it's a follow-up to their massively popular "Saber" online video from 2009.

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TAGS:  the avengers, amazing spider-man, prometheus, skyfall, the expendables 2, arrow, men in black 3, oldboy, 300: the battle of artemisia

 
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