My thoughts on this have become increasingly clear of late, but I’m getting more and more annoyed with studios of huge blockbuster movies — which have marketing budgets in the eleventybillions — that decide to release relatively benign movie stills in an effort to keep their movie all buzzed up and shit. It’s irritating in part because the stills often come from movies that I was excited about until I saw nearly every frame of the movie leaked out over the course of a year before its release.
Iron Man 2, for instance, won’t be released until next summer, but it seems like a new image is released every other day. And they rarely provide much insight into the movie at all. Likewise, information about the best kept secret in the world, Avatar (the fanboys’ Twilight), has been petering out for a couple of months, too. But because that movie is being kept under wraps, we get crap like concept art or stills of action figures or lame movie posters.
To that end, I’ve got a couple of new images from both Iron Man 2 and Avatar to show you, and below, a poll. I’m genuinely curious what you folks think. Most of you, who don’t scour the net eight hours a day looking for inane crap like this to post, may not be nearly as irritated (although, I’m actually impressed that some website writers can muster enthusiasm after each tidbit of nothing is released, day after day), so I’d like to know how these images affect your perception of the movies.
Here’s the new one from Iron Man 2, which features producer Kevin Feige talking to Robert Downey Jr. on set:
This other one is a new movie poster for James Cameron’s Avatar. Supposedly, that’s one of Neytiri, one of the blue aliens in the film from the race of Na’vi, apparently played by Zoe Saldana, although I don’t know why you’d cast Saldana and then mess her up like that for a movie poster.