Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen has nabbed a baddie role in the upcoming sequel, THOR 2, which at this stage in the game, is set to follow the pending IRON MAN 3 as Marvel’s next step in their attempt to craft one hell of a cinematic universe.
With his next film, WORLD’S END, set to shoot this September, and THE AVENGERS still making handfuls of dollars each day it's out there, people are wondering when his take on ANT-MAN will finally get to see the light of day. We may now know a little bit more about the answer to that question.
In THE AVENGERS, a particularly intense scene occurs wherein Thor, in an attempt to defend his brother Loki, is struck down by Black Widow, who simply states, "He killed 80 people in two days." Taken aback, Thor smiles meekly and replies, "He's adopted?"
Those two words have apparently struck a nerve, with some crying foul at Whedon's disrespect toward the adopted community, with their logic being that adoption = bad guy. As is typical of the Internet, commenters came out in full force to tell the creator of the petition, Jamie Berke, to "lighten up."
So yes, apparently a billion dollars is damn cool. Just ask Marvel Studios.
As you likely have already heard, director Joss Whedon and his Marvel team-up behemoth THE AVENGERS has annihilated an amalgam of box office records, bringing its worldwide gross, as of the conclusion of this weekend, over the billion dollar mark. That’s right, in only 19 days, the film has already become the 11th highest grossing film of all time. And it’s not slowing down.
Well, that was a bit unexpected. But then again, what should one have expected from a film bringing together four of the biggest heroes in the world today?
That’s right, Marvel’s THE AVENGERS has won this weekend’s box office, and shattered the record for highest grossing weekend in the history of film, raking in an aggressively incomprehensible $200.3 million in just three days. On 4,300 screens, the film nearly made $50k per screen, making more in 20 screens than the number two film, THINK LIKE A MAN, busted out in its full weekend. Simply put, it’s a monster that won’t be stopped for the foreseeable future.
THE AVENGERS is one of the best comic book movies ever made.
Despite my tendency to hyperbolize my reaction toward a film - I’m typically coming off a post-movie high when I say such things - Joss Whedon’s conglomeration of some of Marvel’s best superheroes - Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Captain America, Hawkeye, and The Hulk - is a love letter to the stories and characters he grew up with, penned by a man who truly loves them. There is no better person to write and direct a superhero movie than Joss Whedon, and THE AVENGERS is a testament to what can happen when you put beloved properties in the right hands.
Deep in an underground laboratory run by the secret agency S.H.I.E.L.D. lies the Tesseract, a glowing alien cube with unimaginable power. Without warning it activates, opening a portal in space through which the Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) enters. After taking over the minds of Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Clint “Hawkeye” Barton, he steals the Tesseract with the intention of opening a portal through which an alien race called the Chitauri will enter and help him take over Earth. To help fight off Loki, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembles the Avengers - Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson); Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner); Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.); Captain America (Chris Evans); Thor, the Thunder God of Asgard (Chris Hemsworth); and Bruce "The Hulk" Banner (Mark Ruffalo) - to defend the Earth from the impending alien invasion.
THE AVENGERS is only a couple days away, so all of us at Gordon and the Whale want to make sure that you are in the know.
We'd like to present a new column: The Cheat Sheet.
This is your place to go if you got behind on the media frenzy, or even if you just want a reminder about the film. Below you will find a compilation of trailers, posters, clips, and some stuff you can buy about the movie at hand.
Though comic book movies exploded at the box office over a decade ago, it feels like they’ve all been leading up to THE AVENGERS release. In addition to the film being directed by renowned geek god Joss Whedon and that it includes a cast of A-listers like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner (to name a few), the marketing blitz and fan fervor surrounding this film has been intense since it was initially announced - the expectations are sky high.