Who Will Assemble The Avengers
It seems that not a day goes by that there isn’t more news about a Marvel Comics movie. Of course, that’s probably because there are roughly eleventy bersmillion Marvel films coming out. Some, like Fox’s X-Men franchise, I could give a shit about. After they decided to butcher the franchise and abandon any semblance of fealty to the comics, any resemblence to decent storytelling or directing with the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the even worse X-Men III, I just stopped caring. Here’s the latest news on their slated X-Men: First Class: Bryan Singer’s probably out because he’s doing Jack The Giant Killer. They’re looking at other directors. Whoop-de-doo. The only respectable X-Men director, and they’re looking elsewhere.
Anyway, the other end of the Marvel universe is of course the hotly anticipated, and so-far fulfilling Avengers franchise. We’ve had the excellent Iron Man and the pretty good The Incredible Hulk, with Iron Man 2 set for this summer, and Kenneth Brannagh directing Chris Hemsworth in Thor, as well as Joe Johnston directing Chris Evans in The First Avenger: Captain America (Yup, he’s been confirmed as accepting the role). All of this of course will lead up to the super duper mega tie-in flick, The Avengers. There hasn’t been a director announced, nor has the full team been announced (rumor has it that the Hulk won’t be in it, but Nick Fury, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man will). So far, the only rumors I can recall were that Iron Man director Jon Favreau mentioned his interest in it.
Now, Louis Leterrier, who directed The Incredible Hulk, has said that he’s on the shortlist for directing The Avengers. In an interview with Ain’t It Cool News, he said:
“I am on the shortlist, but I’m at the bottom of the shortlist, I’m sure… I don’t know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I’ve been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it. I loved my time at Marvel. I loved those guys. They’re fantastic. Kevin [Feige] is such a passionate boss; he gets his hands dirty. It’s a universe I want to keep exploring. I was frustrated with [THE INCREDIBLE HULK]. It was like, “That’s it? Only one superhero? Can I do more???” We’ll see. Time will tell.”
Personally, I’d be OK with Leterrier, who I thought did a fine job with the Hulk film, even though it received mixed reviews. He’s clearly a fan, which is critical, he knows his way around big action pieces, and from reports about the film, he’s very character-driven (something that put him at odds with the studio at times).
(h/t to The Playlist, who has an excellent write-up on this as well as a more in-depth exploration of Marvel’s financing woes. Also, he’s crazy. Jeremy Renner should totally be Hawkeye.)