Though it already holds the crown as the biggest blockbuster of the year, The Avengers has also received a more dubious award this week—the most mistake-filled movie of 2012. Ouch. So what are the problems?
It was probably only a matter of time before someone took two of Joss Whedon's most beloved creations—his late, lamented sci-fi western and his recent, ginormous Marvel movie—and crammed them together. And damn if the result doesn't just make you want more of both.
This Sunday is the 40th anniversary of Watergate, the event that catapulted President Richard M. Nixon from being merely the 37th president to one of the most notorious—so we're looking back at the times that notoriety translated into genre fiction.
Though they're both Marvel properties, and both on the big screen this summer, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man are controlled by different film studios—making a true crossover nearly impossible at the moment. But, that didn't stop Marvel from nearly sneaking a Spidey easter egg into the box office juggernaut Avengers.
Marvel legend Stan Lee is obviously thrilled to have the company's pantheon of heroes tearing up the big screen, but he says The Hulk's recent feature length efforts have left him underwhelmed—that is until Mark Ruffalo "nailed it" in The Avengers. So, what was the problem with the first two Hulk flicks?
Malcolm McDowell is well-versed in geek villainy. He was an anarchic teenager in A Clockwork Orange, a tyrannical emperor in Caligula and a star-destroying madman in Star Trek: Generations. Now he's taking aim at Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and The Avengers.
Ever since that surprising death went down in Marvel's The Avengers, rumors have swirled that the late team member could still potentially return for a sequel. Fans are speculating the character could take up the mantle of Avengers' team member Vision in the future, though it's all still speculation. But now, the actor himself has chimed in. Avengers spoilers ahead!
Like bows on top of an especially fine present, these spangly, spiffy head's-up displays and computer screens that were littered throughout The Avengers added a lush, techie texture that the movie wouldn't have been the same without. And here's a massive treasure trove of 'em.
A Brazilian man got so carried away with his love for The Avengers that he painted himself a lovely shade of emerald and entered a local costume competition. And then he discovered that the paint wouldn't come off. Hulk wash!
Here's the problem with Thor: His rogue's gallery is more of a collection than a gallery. He's not overflowing with titanic baddies. With Thor 2 heating up—and Marvel's cinematic honcho promising a "major, major" villain—we started thinking of who it might be.