‘The Avengers’ Updates: First Set Photo, New Cap Costume & More

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the avengers movie logo The Avengers Updates: First Set Photo, New Cap Costume & More

It’s only been three years since Marvel Studios first teased audiences with the possibility of finally seeing The Avengers assemble on the big screen – and yesterday cameras officially started rolling on the film. Now that production is underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico,  it’s probably only a matter of time before we catch our first glimpses of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in action together.

For now, we’ll have to make do with this set photo that Marvel has just released. It’s not a particularly revealing image, but looking at it gives me the same feeling I had when I saw all of the actors take the stage together at Comic-Con last year. It helps cement the fact that The Avengers isn’t just headlines and speculation anymore – this is actually happening.

Included with the photo is a vague summary of the film’s plot, which explains that the film will center around the appearance of “an unexpected enemy that threatens global safety and security”. This of course forces S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to mobilize a team that can “pull the world back from the brink of disaster.”

I know many fans are still hoping to see the The Skrulls and The Kree make an appearance in The Avengers, but unless this portion of Marvel’s press release (coupled with a certain leaked scene from Thor) is starting to paint a different picture:

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”

That synopsis suggests that Loki will be at the center of the trouble that faces The Avengers team – but then again, that angle still fits a rumored scenario for the film that surfaced a month ago, in which Loki will bring the Kree/Skrull war to Earth. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s truly the way things play out.

In the meantime, here’s the full-sized first set photo from The Avengers:

the avengers first photo The Avengers Updates: First Set Photo, New Cap Costume & More

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Captain America’s New Costume

In other Avengers news, Chris Evans recently spoke with MTV and revealed that he’ll be sporting a new version of the Captain America costume in the film. It sounds like he was hesitant to retire the original design, but the most recent permutation of the costume still wound up growing on him:

“Yeah, it’s awesome. It’s really cool. I was worried because I started to get really attached to the old one. It’s not that easy to move in, but I started really liking it. The first time I tried the new one on I was like ‘Aw, I miss the old one’, but it was early stages  … I was just in Albuquerque a couple days ago and we did a camera test with the new suit and it’s pretty rad.”

Evans also indicated that one aspect of The Avengers that he’s particularly looking forward to is the complicated relationship between Captain America and Iron Man:

“There’s friction between myself and Tony Stark. You know, they’re polar opposites. One guy is flash and spotlight and smooth and the other guy is selfless and in the shadows and kind of quiet … and they explore that and it’s pretty fun.”

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J.A.R.V.I.S. Confirmed for Avengers

Speaking of Stark, it turns out his A.I. pal J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) will be a part of The Avengers as well. A contributor to the Superhero Hype forums attended a press conference for Bettany’s new film Priest and the actor confirmed that Whedon has been in contact with him:

“Yes, I am involved in this project. Don’t know when we will start though, usually they call me when they’re almost finished with the movie, so we will see where this goes.”

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Thor Trailer Remixed

Finally, Conan O’Brien’s been having some fun dubbing the voice of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a few trailer parodies. The most recent one aired last Thursday and it’s pretty amusing. Check it out:

The “I’m Thooooor!” line cracks me up every time I watch it. Good-natured teasing from Team Coco aside, early reviews suggest that  Thor will be a fairly solid film. However, something tells me that Conan isn’t ready to retire this bit just yet, so stay tuned.

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Despite what’s starting to feel like an onslaught of films from Marvel Studios, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of something as ambitious as The Avengers. Everyone’s anxiously waiting to see if this gamble pays off and what it might mean for future Marvel films (and comic book movies in general).  In the meantime, we’ll keep you up-to-date with the film’s production.

Thor is currently in theaters overseas and will hit U.S. theaters on May 6, 2011.

Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters on July 22, 2011.

The Avengers hits theaters on May 4, 2012.

Source: Marvel, MTVSuperhero Hype, and Team Coco.

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  1. This movie will have problems like ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ with too many subplots, too many key characters, too little screentime for certain characters, etc. Everyone will be making these criticisms of this movie when it is released.

    • No.

    • nah this will be 10 times better the spidey 3

    • The origins would already have been told, so no need to rehash that. If the Skrull/Kree are involved, they may have to do something with that. Too many subplots might happen but let’s hope not.

    • It will not because spiderman franchise was just messed up to begin and cannot forget they killed like 2 of tha main villian in spiderman existence lmao that franchise was just uh fail lol and tha Avengers will not be :)

    • By the almighty hope not. Hopefully with everyone’s origin stories already shown we get a film that can just focus on the movie giving us a great story with some spectacular action.

    • Joss Whedon has proved with Firefly that he can fit an ensemble cast into a 2 hour movie and have all/most plot lines end. But this movie does need to be a long one because 1: Cap will(probably) be in modern day in his movie for 15 minutes of film time(He won’t understand some things) 2: A team that has never worked together and is basically being forced to 3: They have two threats at least 1 being an unpredictable Hulk and 2 an outside force(Loki, Aliens or other villains) 3: Who will be leading? How many inside conflicts will that bring up? There are plenty of other problems with plot that have to be discussed in the movie that I don’t have the time to write as I have to go to work now, but trust me there are more.
      Though I trust Whedon will make a good movie just the plot might not come 100% to fruition.

  2. YES!

  3. NO!! They should not use the same villain from Thor! Is Loki going to be their equivalent of Lex Luthor or General Zod?! There are many new villains that they can use. Hulk should not be used as a villain either.

    • Loki will be an instigator and not the main villain. And the Hulk will only be a villain for a short time as the avengers assemble.

      While I understand your concerns, having the Hulk as a villain brings a ton of character to this group. Along with Ironman and Captain America struggling to get along.

      You no longer need to tell the origin story of each member, but the group has an origin that is much richer than ‘hey, lets get all of these guys together’. And so in that way this is an origin movie.

    • when you watch the after cred scene in thor, you will understand how he fits into the avengers movie.

      • U saw it already or somethin? U must have a leaked copy…

  4. speaking of Coco. Have you seen him joking on the Captain America film? It is footage from like the old 70′s movies. The one where the suit has a motorcycle helmet and the shield is clearly plastic. lol

  5. I need to go clean up my pants. also need a handkerchief for the tears coming down my eyes.

    • I´ll hand you a tissue. :)

      • Hand me one as well please.

        • I´ll buy a family pack…

  6. At least the ball has begun rolling. We’ll have to see what this is shaping up to be like in the coming months. Thanks for the news and keep it coming.

  7. I’m almost worried that there’s so many hero’s, they all wont have ENOUGH screen time together.

    I just hope they’re all not divided and then get together at the end for an epic fight scene. I hope they fight together all the time through out the entire movie like… The Ninja Turtles…or…The Ghostbusters!

    Bad examples I guess, lol. Point is, I just hope they’re one solid unit the entire film with the beginning of the film showing them joining together. I don’t want them all doing their own thing the entire film, then hooking up at the end..

    Just sayin…

    PS – Hulk is supposed to be a villain in this? When was that stated?

    • It was rumored in the past that Hulk may actually be the villian. Hulk loses control and starts destroying everything and….wait. Go see The Avengers animated movie. It will explain. But I dont think this is the direction the live action movie is going in. We will see.

    • Hulk is NOT the villain. Ruffalo mentioned at a press conference that Hulk will be a hero in the film. Unless he was just BS-ing everyone.

    • well, they’re not going to be together the whole film, most likely. I have a feeling that the film will resemble the avengers animated movie in alot of ways. I think the movie will be as long as The Dark Knight, about 2 and a half goes long. I think they will be together about 35, 45 minutes into the movie, break up, and then REUNITE at the end of the film.i think iron man will lead instead off captain america (may be wrong but that’s what I think.) And I think the hulk will be a menace in the film somewhat, but then again, in the incredible hulk, he was able to control himself, so he may be in control the whole movie… Idk… I just can’t wait to see it.if this movie is done right, it will ve the greatest movie the world has ever seen. Epic… But yeah, just my thoughts…

      • he was either controlling himself or becoming lost in his powers. That smirk really can go both ways.

        or they might just froget it all because ruffalo was cast.
        one thing im going to miss is the chemistry that could have happened between Norton and RDJ.

  8. It wouldn’t take much for this to be a Muppet Movie cross-over. Just sayin’.

  9. I hope The Avengers will be 2 1/2 hours of awesomeness.

    • Is anyone else excited that there is a new cap suit, or is it just me? The first one looks great for the WW11time period, but we need something more modern looking.

  10. Hulk’s chair does not look nearly big enough…….

    • I think Ironman’s would break under his heavy armor

      • That would make a great spoof skit for the trailers.

        • Like this:

  11. I still can’t believe this is actualy happening. From the start I kept waiting for news that it would be delayed or scrapped. And I’m really surprised that it has started shooting before Thor & Captain America hit theaters. I say bravo to Marvel!!

  12. It would be lazy for them to use a Villian that we’ve already seen. It would bring more tension and thinking from the team to come together and figure out a plan,if you brought in a villian we haven’t seen and is/are a big challenge for them.

    • The Avengers is another one of those comics that has such a long history that certain characters that appeared in the comic books would be so unfamiliar to most people they might not be usable for a movie. Aside from Loki who they are already debuting in Thor the only other mainstream villain they fought was Sub-Mariner, who is also seen as a hero.

      Using Loki to trick Namor into a fight with the Avengers and or turning Hulk could be interesting since it would require only one more major character being introduced and make for a more balanced fight since having Hulk and Thor against almost anyone is not a even match.

      The Kree-Skrull war might be a little too much for a movie since the introduction of two whole alien races might be too much and there is the effects issue to consider (Green Lantern should be a good measure of how well that much CGI is going to go over). And I always associate the Skrulls with Fantastic Four because of the whole Super-Skrull story. Too band they buried Fantastic Four already.

      • Since it seems that this movie is based on the “Ultimate” version of the Avengers, they could use the “Ultimate” version of the Skrulls, the Chitauri. And since the crappy FF movies never used the Skrulls, it´s still possible… But who knows what Whedon has in mind…

    • It is said that it will be a new villain, but maybe he is allied with loki, and I think the hulk is possibly a menace but idk, well see.

  13. i just have to say as a life long comic fanboy, seeing all of those heroes names on the chairs
    money shot!

  14. I would hardly call finding out that Evans missed the WWII version of the suit and the new one grew on him, useful “information”. :P

    All I can say is, the chest had better be scalemail or there WILL be hell to pay!

    http://www.thinkhero.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Avengers-Alex-Ross.bmp

    • Agreed!!!

  15. Well this rules out the possibility of Loki being Killed in Thor

    • Loki won’t be killed in “Thor” anyway…They are, at least vaguely, following the basic idea of Norse mythology (Marvel’s version of such), so Loki must remain alive for the Twilight of the Gods.

      Plus, didn’t the Avengers first form when Loki plotted to wreak havoc on Earth by controlling the Hulk to go on a rampage? Thus, it makes sense to have both as villains (at least initially) in the first film.

  16. Great news, can’t wait for Thor in less than 2 weeks. BTW has any new information surfaced recently regarding the avengers teaser trailer debuting in front of Thor and/or Captain America?

    http://screenrant.com/the-avengers-movie-trailer-villains-kofi-104261/

  17. good news everyone,and that trailer was f*@#ing hilarious gotta love Conan

  18. That Conan trailer was great!!! I was almost waiting for an “Oh no you didn’t!!” in there.

  19. WHERES HAWKEYES CHAIR ON THE SET?!

  20. Conan’s an effin’ juvenille a-hole. Always was and always will be. His only appeal is to this current generation of stoners that just happen to run across him in his deadzone time slot. Good luck with the Thor publicity grab. It reeks of desperation.

  21. Will Ant-Man sit on a thimble when he gets a chair?

  22. Unrelated to this topic but…
    I just saw Thor last night. The movie is solid, the 3D effects were average (to be expected from a movie converted to 3D). I also feel the film was a bit rushed but all-n-all a cool movie. The post-credit scene was awesome (won’t spoil anything). The actor who played Loki was amazing. The theater I watched it in was awful. There were lights on that were distracting and the screen’s colors were pale and almost looked like it was in black-and-white (might be exaggerating a bit).

    GO WATCH IT. IT’S WORTH THE MONEY.

  23. Ant-Man is supposed to be next. So it;’s possible Ant-Man & Iron Man 3 may be the two Marvel movies for 2013. I’m hoping that Marvel drops Edgar Wright for Ant-Man, he’s not the “wright” guy. Some of you are going to say that that they should drop Ant-Man alltogether because he’s lame..A shrinking man,it’s like Honey I shrunk the kids..dadada.. No, an Ant-Man movie can be done well IF the script is GREAT foremost, besides great acting,visual FX,etc. So far I can’t stand Edgar Wright’s idea for Ant-Man, he’s the reason why Ant-Man/Gian-Man won’t be an Avenger and may not show in the Avengers movie at all. I hope Marvel gets somebody else to do it or maybe even Jos Whedon himself to replace him. What do you guys think? Who’d be a better director for Ant-Man?

    • I agree. I am horrified by the idea of this Ant-Man movie. Making it a full-blown comedy, with a period setting and a spy flick. It’s not right!

      Why can’t they just stick to the original ant-man story? Or better yet… don’t make an Ant-Man movie. Just incorporate him into the Avengers… I mean… how hard is it to mention his name in the movie… at the end of the Avengers (where they set up a possible sequel) they could mention a scientist working on a project that could help in their next mission… a.k.a. Ant-Man (Henry Pym) and his assistant Janet (the Wasp). You guys know what i’m talking about, right?

  24. Chiwetel Ejiofor Has to play black panther

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252230/

  25. Anybody else feel the Avengers will be the 1st of a trilogy – I hope so as I feel there is just too much to stuff into just 1 movie. Still hoping Thanos may show-up !

    • I really hope that’s the case. Then they could bring in all the original members like Black Panther, Ant-Man and Wasp.

  26. they had better use the leader , and not leave us hanging. more hulk and lets see the LEADER!!!!!!

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