Friday, February 10, 2012

Big Week For Marvel

This space is normally reserved for sports posts, but this week was just so full of movie trailer goodness that I had to talk about them on here, Grantland style. In particular, the good people at Marvel released some awesome trailers for their upcoming superhero blockbusters. It started with a new trailer for The Avengers last week that was extended for a spot during the Super Bowl:

I've been excited for this for over three years now with all the clues they've laid in previous movies, whether it be after the credits or otherwise. In particular, I loved the subtle introduction of Sharon Carter (Amanda Righetti, from The O.C., North Shore, and The Mentalist) when Captain America (Chris Evans) awakes in present time. Sharon Carter is a prominent character in the comic books who is a distant relative of agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who was Cap's love interest in The First Avenger. 

And of course, besides the anticipation of seeing Cap, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson!!) work together, I'm looking forward to two other new characters. First, SHIELD agent Maria Hill is going to be played by Cobie Smulders, better known as Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother. Second, superstar Jeremy Renner is going to be reprising his role as Hawkeye after his brief cameo in Thor. Hawkeye has always been one of my favorite member of the Avengers, but I'm even more excited to see Renner in the newest Bourne movie. Matt Damon isn't involved in Boune Legacy due to production disagreements, but Renner is playing a new Treadstone operative who is an absolute badass. Enjoy:

Now, besides The Avengers, Marvel debuted the trailer for their other superhero blockbuster of the summer on Tuesday night:

The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot for the wall-crawler series with Andrew Garfield as the title character. I'm looking forward to Emma Stone playing the web-head's love interest, but she surprisingly won't be playing  red head Mary Jane Watson since the film is going to follow the true comic book story line of Peter Parker's first love interest: Gwen Stacy. Dennis Leary looks awesome as Gwen's father and police chief who is decidedly anti-Spidey, Martin Sheen should shine as the influential Uncle Ben Parker, and Rhys Ifans is going to be the main villains as Dr. Connors, Peter's mentor who eventually transforms into the Lizard. What I'm really intrigued with is the possibility of the back story of Peter's parents. If I remember correctly, they were double agent Russian spies during the Cold War, so if they have any kind of involvement at all, it should be juicy.

Lastly among this superhero mania, Marvel also announced on Tuesday that The Wolverine is set for a release date of July 23, 2013. The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine was originally rumored to be set in Japan with Logan adjusting to his post-Weapon X operation and amnesia and facing the Silver Samurai. 
Can't wait until that trailer comes out.

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