Tickets for the select-city midnight premiere of The Avengers went on sale yesterday and, naturally, pretty much sold out across the country in a matter of hours. Marvel Studios’ Facebook page for the movie baited its fans with the promise of free character-driven posters for the first six cities to sell all of the tickets for their 12:01AM screenings of the summer blockbuster, due out May 4th. As a form collateral to those fans who got their tickets in New York, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, Marvel has offered a look at those limited posters online. And possibly to make everyone else who still decorates like a nine year-old boy jealous with a fury that burns like a thousand suns.
Also taking off on the latest trailer, at a panel during SXSW for Avengers director Joss Whedon answered a question itching on fanboys’ collective ass ever since the Internet found out the movie’s chief villain Loki would be teaming up with some interstellar alien force — the whole reason Earth needs to assemble the titular heroes. Pertinently, what the hell is this?
Joss being Joss, he answered merely by saying that the aliens have nothing to do with fan favorites the Skrull or the Kree. (Those links only matter contextually if you’re either extremely curious or very, very bored at work.) As a fan of Marvel comics, it is an issue that would certainly temper or elevate my excitement for the movie. MTV’s Splashpage makes some guesses as to the identity of the giant flying serpent machine thing, and a couple of them definitely strike my fancy.
But I’m interested to know if this matters to anyone else, because right now I only trust in Whedon, or if you’ve already bought your ticket — even if it’s just metaphorically.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). If Samuel L. Jackson utters the words, “Fin Fang Foom,” then he is definitely down.