You’ve got to admire Marvel for attempting what hasn’t really been done before. Sure we’ve had superhero flicks with multiple villains and sidekicks but never a proper famous bunch of comic book heroes (we’ll forget Mystery Men) on screen before and all fighting the good fight.
The Avengers is a tantalising prospect and the fact Joss Whedon is directing just makes so damn cool. Whedon told the NY Times that everything is good to go on the project and it’ll start shooting next week:
“We’re just a hardscrabble bunch. Guerrilla film-making. I start production a week from Monday. I’m going to get started on the script now. Apparently that’s a thing. I don’t get it. Improv stunts are always way more exciting-looking.”
We don’t know much about the film’s content or storyline. Mark Ruffalo is playing Bruce Banner after Edward Norton had a very public spat with Kevin Feige last year. Ruffalo, being a tremendous actor, will no doubt bring a great performance to the table. And maybe Whedon can find a way of making The Hulk a bit more interesting and complex.
Joining Ruffalo is Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evan as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Marvel have been setting The Avengers up ever since Iron Man. Tony Stark is also getting an outing in 2013 in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. The age of the superhero is most definitely now.
The Avengers will be released in 2012. (Source)