July 25, 2011 by Brian
Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Marvel, Thor Movies
The posters have been trickling out of Comic-Con all last week, but now we get to see the final product and the final team make-up.
And with Joss Whedon directing? Be still my geeky, under-exercised heart.
July 26, 2011 @ 9:05 am
The poster is… boring. The artist seems to have focused on getting the likenesses right rather than giving them interesting expressions and postures. The women look great, and of course it’s hard to mess up Hulk’s snarl (but then you don’t need to match an actor there). The others look like they’re posing. And Nick Fury looks confused.
The movie is going to be amazing. With each of the superheroes (except Hawkeye (and Hulk? I didn’t see Incredible)) already well-developed in at least one movie, I’m really looking forward to seeing how these guys interact.
July 26, 2011 @ 9:56 am
Incredible Hulk was MUCH better than Ang Lee’s abomination (see what I did there). It’s not Shakespeare, but it was fun and actually made sense.
That said, I’m pretty bummed Edward Norton isn’t staying on as Banner. Not going to dismiss Ruffalo until he has a chance to prove himself, just think Norton is a brilliant actor and captured that repressed nerd vibe so well. And his grasp of dark humor is perfect.
July 26, 2011 @ 11:17 am
I think the problem with Ang Lee’s abomination is he thought he was making Shakespeare. Overall, though, Marvel has been the leader when it comes to superhero movies lately, and The Avengers is a juggernaut that will keep absorbing, man, all the hype, which hopefully won’t boomerang. It’s a charging rhino that I expect will make a lot of green, gobblin’ up the competition next summer.
As for the poster, of course they looked posed, but that’s because it’s, well, a poster, trying to look, I suspect, like a comic book poster.
July 28, 2011 @ 9:38 am
I didn’t say they look posed, I said they look like they’re posing. “Okay, lower your arm a bit, and point off into the distance. Now look… angry. No, that’s not right, how about determined. Okay, we’ll go with concerned. Now hold still.” The poses and expressions (especially the expressions) aren’t nearly as dynamic, energetic, or heroic as most comic posters and covers I’ve seen.
I loved “Hulk” — it was great how there was as much thoughtful introspection as there was smashing stuff. It’s just that the movie went guano-insane when they turned his dad into a random supervillain. (If they’d turned him into Abomination, the symmetry could have worked well, using Banner’s dad as a dark mirror to show what makes Hulk a hero instead of a monster. But they went with some guy who could turn himself into steel or rock or… lightning?!) I want to see more superhero movies that thoughtful. (That’s what I liked best about “Unbreakable”, too, only there the ending at least fit the rest of the movie.)
W. Blaine Dowler
July 26, 2011 @ 7:52 pm
Marvel publicly stated that they didn’t invite Edward Norton back because the project “needed a team player.” It sounds like he’s an extremely difficult man to work with who almost halted production of “Incredible” in an attempt to control the direction of the film.
As for the quality of “Incredible Hulk” compared to Ang Lee’s “Hulk,” I enjoy both. However, I enjoy “Incredible Hulk” as a Hulk-based action fest, while I enjoy Ang Lee’s film as a great Bruce Banner movie that happens to guest star the Hulk. Ang Lee’s would have been much better if the studio hadn’t forced the inclusion of a supervillain, too.
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