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“Avengers” pixel-semble!

8-Bit nerdery genius Via XStitchMyHeart and The Mary Sue

Avengers-inspired craft geek goodness so awesome that it nearly kicked the butt of Sunday’s “Iron Man 3” SuperBowl trailer.  The creativity and wit of the greater internet nerd community never fails to amaze, does it?

There’s yet more – 8-bit sprite Harry Potter cast for the win, peeps!- at Cross Stitch My Heart’s Etsy shop.

 

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02/05/2013 · 6:54 pm

“Iron Man 3” Teaser Trailer Teaser Tribulation

Lookit! He’s got a new suit!

We live in strange times – witness the trend towards advanced teasers for film trailers.

Yes, that’s right – an advanced glance at an advance glance of a film which doesn’t arrive for months is the newest way that film companies have dreamt up to keep their products in the popular conversation in this age of blipvert attention spans and social media accelerating our expectations for the newest, fastest stuff now.

Getting in the action are Marvel, who engaged in a Facebook ‘like’ campaign to release stills and a 17-second look at the forthcoming trailer for next spring’s “Iron Man 3”, the first movie from the House of Ideas following this summer’s “Avengers” and it’s blockbuster success.  The full trailer is scheduled to show up on Apple’s site on Tuesday, but if you’re spectacularly impatient (and have a Facebook account) you can find a glimpse here…

 

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“Battleship” box office bomb baffles Berg

In “No shizz, Sherlock” news today comes “Battleship” director Peter Berg‘s assertion that his film flopped so that “The Avengers” could soar at the box office, like Tony Stark carting Hawkeye up to a better vantage point.  Or something.

“The reviews! They burn!”

Citing the unprecedented success of the Marvel Studios superhero epic having a knock-on effect on other would-be summer blockbuster fare in the marketplace, Berg still holds out hope for a sequel based on decent international business – the film’s US performance makes for less hopeful reading to anybody but the terminally optimistic.

Well, you can’t argue against a US box office take of $600 million but to cite “The Avengers” as the sole reason for your film under-performing is to ignore the rather more accurate idea that “Battleship” is so asinine, noisy and dim-witted that it makes your average Joel Schumacher/Rob Cohen/Michael Bay popcorn flick look like a Ken Loach film and reduces the IQ of anybody unlucky enough to be exposed to it for more than two minutes.

I like stupid, undemanding, glitzy genre crap – see my Resident Evil/“Underworld” fandom for ample evidence of that – and even I couldn’t drag myself to a cineplex to behold the spectacle of Rihanna pretending to be a naval officer and various aliens mocking our Earth Physics in the name of entertainment.

Once it comes to DVD and Blu-Ray, I might give the film a go but I don’t expect it to be anything more than shrill and silly, uber-patriotic fluff.  Weirdly, Peter Berg seems to believe that he’s made an important film.  One of us is right, and I don’t think that it’s him…

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“Iron Man 3” pic – suit up!

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The Avengers did pretty well at the box office this spring.  It’s as popular as Justin Bieber-flavoured dental braces would doubtless be, if some lunatic made them (idea copyrighted and trademarked, people, step away…).

Accordingly, phase two of Marvel’s ongoing “Avengers” project is in motion, with the justifiably emboldened folks at Marvel sharing with us the first proper set picture from “Iron Man 3” – which you can see above.

We’ve already had a few leaks and sneaky shots grabbed from the film’s shoot in North Carolina, which seemed to indicate the presence of Iron Patriot, which might worry those of us who don’t want to see “IM3” conclude with another mano-a-mano battle between dudes in suits.

I mean, I know that the premise of the character implies a certain amount of suit-bound butt-kicking, but it would be nice if splendid film maker and writing icon Shane Black found a smart way to resolve his story without having steel-on-steel fisticuffs saving the day.

We shall doubtless get to see the first teaser trailer for this threequel by the end of 2012, with the film rocking multiplexes and Repulsing box office records down on May 3, 2013…

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BraveHawk? BraveEye?

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via Cherry Garcia on Tumblr (and the SFX Spurious Awards)

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George R R Martin reviews “The Avengers”

A quickie – I thought that you might find George R R Martin’s thoughts on “The Avengers” worth reading.

He’s clearly a comics fan with some knowledge of the team and its historical dynamics, so his criticisms (when they come) are quite fair and balanced.

Fair and balanced criticism on the internet?  How does that work again?

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The Mark 8?

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‘Stark Industries Xbox 360’ Via Reddit.

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Acts of Gods

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“Put it on my tab….”

It’s good to know that somebody out there is considering the important stuff, per this story at SFX today – the damage caused by the climactic battle in “The Avengers” would have cost some poor soul $160 billion to make good.

A sum, of course, that is likely mere walking-around money for a Billionaire philanthropist superhero playboy such as Tony Stark, but more of a concern to the rest of us.

Why, it’s almost as much damage as two blokes in a car managed to accrue in the climactic car apocalypse in “Fast Five”…

This piece from TV Tropes on the concept of Hero Insurance makes for intriguing reading in that regard…

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Ant for my next trick…

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Via The Mary Sue (and Edgar Wright on Twitter).

As Edgar says – what can it mean?  And will it star Nathan Fillion, more to the point?  In this post-Avengers filmic world, the hot topic is how Marvel Studios intend to follow-up on the ludicrous, record-slaying success of the first movie.

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We have a sequel to “Iron Man” and “Thor” due in 2013 and Captain America in 2014 – the very earliest that we might expect to see an “Avengers” follow-up is 2015 and if Edgar’s cryptic Tweet is to be taken at absolute face value, his much-ballyhooed Ant Man movie might be nearer to being green-lit than previously thought.  Which would give us another suitable member of the “Avengers” squad to cheer on in a couple of years, all being well.

Who is Ant Man?  Marvel Wiki is your friend…

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He’s not a character devoid of controversy – but I would expect that kind of thing to be RetConned out of any filmic incarnation.  It’s okay for Tony Stark to have some alcohol intake problems if they serve the plot – but nobody really wants to see the next “Iron Man” play like an indirect sequel to Leaving Las Vegas, do they?  And I kind of doubt that Marvel are going to spend any of those “Avengers” takings on shooting a film where the lead character beats up his significant heroine other.

Edgar Wright?  A script by Joe Cornish? Crazy special effects and visual imagination running riot from one of the most exciting filmmakers of his generation?   Can I give you the ticket money now or do I have to wait on a list?

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Black Venus

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Via SoGeekChic.

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