‘The Avengers’: Black Widow Clip & Character Wallpapers

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Here in the States, we are now officially one month away from the release of Marvel Studio’s The Avengers, as is being brought to life on the big screen under the watchful eye of writer/director Joss Whedon. What better way to celebrate the “occasion” than by watching the first official clip unveiled from the comic book movie juggernaut?

There are also new Avengers character wallpapers available for viewing (and downloading), for all you out there who’ve been waiting for high-resolution images of characters like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, or S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Black Widow to set as your computer’s background. Speaking of ScarJo’s Marvel universe alter ego…

The first Marvel-sanctioned clip released from Avengers picks up with the Black Widow, a.k.a. Natalie Rushman and/or Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. actress Scarlett Johansson) on a covert mission where she’s been “captured,” tied to a chair and “interrogated” by what appears to be a Russian ex-general/war criminal and his thugs – and no, that’s not secretly the description for a scene from The Avengers adult film parody. Moving on…

Marvel made a wise decision by selecting this scene as the first to unveil from The Avengers. It offers a nice taste of Whedon’s trademark quippy dialogue for those not familiar with his previous work (see: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), features a welcome appearance from everyone’s favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. employee, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – as nonchalantly professional as ever – and involves Black Widow kicking some serious butt in a somewhat more grounded (and less cheesy) fashion that she did during her (in)famous hallway fight scene in Iron Man 2.

That’s all to say: we remain as psyched as ever to see the additional 134 minutes (or so) of Marvel’s biggest superhero movie to date.

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The Avengers Character Wallpapers

Shifting gears a bit here – thanks to Wyndham Rewards’ Avengers marketing tie-in (just one part of the film’s $100 million promotional campaign), we can offer ten new character wallpapers featuring the film’s most important players – ranging from pure-hearted Captain America (Chris Evans) to sociopathic, but sympathetic Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

On a related note: We’ve approved of the Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo-based design prior to now, but the giant green man looks downright fantastic in this new wallpaper. Kudos to The Avengers‘ digital effects team for making the superhero look just as “realistic” in still form as when he’s frog-hopping around skyscrapers and bashing in alien skulls.

See what we mean by scrolling those the Avengers gallery below (click each image for a larger version):

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The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.

Look for The Avengers to hit theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

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Source: Marvel, Wyndham Rewards [via Coming Soon]

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  1. As I’ve already stated, I look forward to seeing The Avengers. The Avengers has always been my favorite Marvel book.

    However, you guys have to admit that this clip of Black Widow fighting off the baddies while tied to a chair is pretty much the exact same thing I saw in the movie ” Killer Elite. ”

    Whatever the case, I’d rather see Scarlett Johannson tied to a chair heaving and huffing away rather than watching Jason Statham anyday.

    Actually, I’m hoping Marvel does a solo Black Widow movie.

    • I am a nerd and I endorse this message.

  2. Apparently, @kryptonic, you took my advice and reduced the venom. Now I understand your position more clearly. As for serious movies, I think the lat Hulk had a level of seriousness. You have to understand that it is far easier IMO to make a realistic/’serious’ movie with a realistic character (a man in a costume) than say Thor or Hulk. TDK(R)which you referred to has its shortcomings at realism as well.

    • @Claude ;

      Fair enough. I appreciate that you have a better understanding of my POV.

      Less than a month from now …

      ALL Avengers fans will assemble!

    • @Claude

      The Ultimate universe, specifically The Ultimates Vol 1 & Vol 2, have proven that you can can have a serious take on the characters and in a more realistic setting while still keeping the characters just as fantastical i.e. Thor Mythology completely intact. Even the 616 has serious/realistic arcs i.e. Civil War.

      The MCU rather have lighthearted & fun movies, which is upsetting b/c IronMan & Incredible Hulk showed they could do movies with deeper themes & better plots beyond good & evil.

  3. This was a bit short, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great scene and finally giving Scarlett Johannson a bit better stuff to work with.

    I approve of this. :D

  4. Unfortunately, my only contact with the Ultimates was the Ultimate Avengers cartoons :) and some synopsis online. (Personally, I didn’t like what they did with Thor’s hammer. They made the mjolnir half battle-axe, half hammer: quite pointless IMO as the bludgeon of the uru is more effective than any blade. All in an attempt to make Thor more blood-thirsty and ‘bad-ass ‘perhaps? Ah well) I’d agree with you that the characters were made darker- not necessarily more serious. I notice that these terms seem to be used interchangeably nowadays- but they are not quite the same. I would also be the first to say that dark/’serious’ superhero movies does not a success make. Cases in point: the last 3 Punisher movies.

    On the flip side, with some fans clamouring for Ant-Man and Wasp to be put in the (next)Avengers movie, I’m not quite sure they’d be able to achieve the seriousness Kryptonic might be referring to. Because deviating far from the credibility plane makes it much harder for the script-writer to keep things grounded unlike in the comics where belief can easily be suspended. He also referred to X2 and XFC somewhere as serious movies. I agree with him there, they were handled quite well I think. Though I must hastily add that it is much easier to create credibility to a large extent if you are using the mutant/alien card. I believe the Avengers is being handled quite well. Only IM2, in my mind, was a tad bit humorous leading to it. I trust Whedon to maintain that level of seriousness. When I first heard of Buffy the Vampire-slayer many years ago, I laughed. The name sounded like kid’s stuff/chick flick but when I eventually watched an episode, I was amazed at the level of seriousness and research Whedon put into it despite being a TV series with a lower budget. This continued in Angel. He had successfully created his own universe.

    So in general, I understand Kryptonic’s position but not necessarily agree with it especially when the movie he uses for reference (TDKR) had its own level of unseriousness. I keep referring to Harvey Dent’s transformation from an all-time good guy to the ways of crime/murder as too drastic. We never saw any hint of a dark side prior to this. A bit unrealistic if you ask me.

    I feel DC traditionally had more serious stories then (e.g. Suicide Squad, Teen Titans)- this I feel was to make up for the two-dimensionality of their characters. Recall they brought out comics ‘for matured readers’ first. Marvel characters had more character depth and appeal which gave me more of a personal connection as a kid. Who would miss a Thor vs Hulk or a Wolverine vs.. or an Xmen vs Avengers or a Secret Wars? They sold not necessarily because they had better stories but because their characters (and supporting cast)were not flat. The only internationally popular 3D characters DC have are Supes and Bats IMO (I know some would disagree)and that’s why their movies keep revolving around them. Their personalities and supporting casts are also well-defined and quite popular. Why do you think the Wonder Woman series didn’t make it and GL movie tanked commercially? Why do you think Xmen became a major hit and Doom Patrol didn’t despite both similar comics coming out at the same time? For superhero/comic movies, you need appeal and character definition first to help develop a great story. If you have a good writer he will make it serious one as well.

    The Avengers, I believe, has all those ingredients.

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