What with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises bataranging all the salient headlines recently, it’s forgivable if you forgot about the forthcoming Marvel Studios universe movie The Avengers. Thankfully, we have the corporate sponsored eyes of Entertainment Weekly to give us our much needed update on Joss Whedon’s synthesis of Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America. Specifically, in the form of photographs from the very green screened set that will be in today’s new issue.
First, the cover, featuring top-to-bottom, left-to-right: RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlet Johansson’s Natalia Romanov/Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk. They all sort of look like they’re in the back of a Volkswagen, especially the Dr. Jekyll vibe Ruffalo is giving off:
Next here’s Robert Downey Jr. (late to work?) with Captain America, and I have to say, I quite like the modern day suit. It’s the best look we’ve had of it, so far, and I think it works:
Speaking of good looks, the new Black Widow suit definitely kicks the new Catwoman suit’s ass. Explosions help, of course:
And here she is with Hawkeye, who, I’ve noticed, is always aiming his bow but never actually fires it in any of the shots (photographs or promo art) we’ve seen. It just kind of underscores the inherit uselessness of an archer fighting alongside a gun specialist, a billionaire in a hi-tech armored suit, a super soldier, a gamma irradiated monster, and a literal god. Looks cool, though, even with all the purple:
Finally, here’s Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America chilling with their director. To be honest, the presence of Joss Whedon on this set, much less being the movie’s guiding hand, excites me more than anything. I’m an admitted and unabashed Whedonite, but only because he’s never let me down (as long as I stop watching “Dollhouse” at the pen-penultimate episode) and I really can’t think of a better filmmaker to make this movie:
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. It’s times like this he is actually thankful the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse hasn’t happened yet.