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My new favorite series…S.H.I.E.L.D.!!!

Huge news that just came out way…ABC is going to make a S.H.I.E.L.D. show, and non other than The Avengers headliner Joss Wheadon is going to write, and possibly direct the pilot!

Deadline reported that ABC has given the go-ahead to begin work on Whedon’s show about S.H.I.E.L.D., the top secret organization that flies around in an invisible aircraft carrier. Many people had suspected this would happen after copious marketing behind the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric short Item 47. And deadline says the series will continue it’s growing focus on the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will be joining Whedon on this project, plus the big guy might direct the pilot. No word on when we’ll see the pilot, or who has been cast, or even who the main characters will be, since Samuel L. Jackson is unlikely to star in a weekly TV series.

But my speculation, and this is more hope than speculation, is that Maria Hill, (Colby Smuthers) will be the lead, I mean come on, she took over for awhile in the books, her other TV series is coming to an end, and who better than her to take the lead in a show like this!

Marvel’s finally talking about its super-secret new Avengers short

We all knew there was going to be a short film attached to Marvel’s Avengers Blu-ray. We knew it was going to be awesome. Now we know just how awesome. So—what is Item 47 about, who is in it and what does it mean for the future of the Marvel movie franchise?

Starring Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, Party Down, The Class), Item 47 gives us an idea of just how different the world is after the events of Marvel’s Avengers. Super heroes are in the limelight, an alien invasion was barely thwarted, and your average Joe or Jane is left to wonder, “Am I safe?” and “What happens next?”

A modern day Bonnie and Clyde story, Item 47 tells the story of Benny and Claire (get it?) who find an alien gun and use it to ill purpose. Marvel Studios co-president, Louis D’Esposito, explains saying, “So when this gun literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.”

This gives two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (played by Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver) the unlucky tasks of cleaning up the mess. If they’re taking a page from the Joss Whedon playbook, that means one ugly, deadly, but inappropriately hilarious mess.

This is all in the name of painting just how much the world has changed for everyday folks. Says Item 47‘s writer, Eric Pearson, “Anything that expands the world and shows you the more human elements of it, that just makes the world more colorful and fun for the average viewer.”

Lizzy Caplan with a big ol’ alien gun gone on a crime spree? At a whopping 12 minutes, that sounds great to us, but there’s even more to be excited about. The hope is that every major Avengers follow-up film (Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2) will carry a short film with it.

Could that mean we’ll see more minor characters taking center stage? According to D’Esposito it’s possible. “There’s always a potential to introduce a character. We have 8,000 of them, and they can’t all be at the same level. So maybe there are some that are not so popular, and we introduce them—and they take off. I could see that happening.”

The Avengers/Spiderman Crossover That Almost Was…

Though they’re both Marvel properties and both on the big screen this summer, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man are controlled by different film studios—so making a true crossover nearly impossible at the moment. But that didn’t stop Marvel from nearly sneaking a Spidey easter egg into the box office juggernaut Avengers.

According to Latino Review, Marvel and Spider-Man film rights holder Sony actually had extensive contact about showing off Oscorp Tower in the new New York skyline inAvengers, but the CG time schedules didn’t match up to make it happen:

 

“That design overlap, and the stunning look of the Oscorp Tower (seriously stunning) was enough for Marvel Studios and Sony to have the discussion about inserting Oscorp into The Avengers skyline. The Unified Marvel Manhattan Skyline almost existed.By the time the Oscorp building was fully designed, The Avengers digital Manhattan was already basically rendered and there was some up-conversion that needed to go down, so—for timing—it was scrapped.

BUT—Sony and Disney were going to let this happen. THAT’s the key thing here. Timing just didn’t work out.”

 

Though its still a far cry from letting Spidey join up with The Avengers, it’s at least a step in the right direction to show everybody can play in the same sandbox (or at least adjacent sandboxes) and still give us a few nods to the larger Marvel universe.

Avengers Concept Artwork Galore!!!

 
Concept artist Fabian Lacey designed many of the props for The Avengers, including Hawkeye’s bow and arrows, Loki’s sceptre and staff, and Tony Stark’s bracelets. And Lacey has kindly released several of his concept designs for the film.

You can see even more concepts and detailed designs at Lacey’s website, and lose yourself in the warm blue glow of all that speculative technology.

But there’s plenty more concept art from Joss Whedon’s superhero movie for us to indulge our eyeballs in, detailing the interior settings, action-packed storyboards, and the artistic journey of the Avengers’ alien foes and their vehicles.

Click the images below for high res versions!

  

  

    

 

  


  

The Avengers Passes $1 Billion Mark Worldwide in 19 Days!

Walt Disney Pictures reports that Marvel’s The Avengers is expected to cross the $1 billion global box office mark today on its 19th day of release! It will be the first Marvel film and fifth Disney release to reach $1 billion.

Domestically, the Joss Whedon action adventure added $103.2 million, which is the first time in history a film has crossed the $100 million mark its second weekend. Last weekend, the film set the opening weekend record with $207.4 million. Internationally, “The Avengers” earned $95.4 million this weekend. The film has earned an estimated $373.2 million now in North America and $628.9 million overseas for a worldwide total of $1,002.1 million.

That means in just 19 days, the $220 million-budgeted film has surpassed The Dark Knight‘s $1,001.9 million and has climbed to the 11th spot on the all-time worldwide list. It’s also the fastest film to reach the $200 million mark domestically in three days, the fastest to reach $300 million in nine days, it has the highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals of all time, and the second-biggest single-day gross of all time ($80.8 million).

Opening in second place domestically was Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which earned an estimated $28.2 million from 3,755 theaters. Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote and Gully McGrath, Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation cost about $150 million to make.

Preview of “The Art of The Avengers”

I am a huge fan of art books, I have acouple shelves dedicated to everything from “art of” books to auction books catalogs and reference material, and I cannot wait to add this beauty to the collection, below is a video preview of the “Art of The Avengers” book, as well as acouple screen caps showing great concepts, watch the video and click the images to enlarge…enjoy!

Courtesy of: ComicBookMovie.com

              

And here is a beautiful shot of the Mark VII Maquette from Legacy Studios

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Along with a couple Computer generated images of the newly designed concept for the Iron Man Mark VII suit!

 

Avengers VFX Info Galore!!!

So i’ve ran across a couple site with alot of information on the visual FX from the movie, some stunning images which are copied here below, as well as lots of text information form the true artists who have created this visually stunning movie, so don’t just check the pics out, please click the links and check out the websites!

The FX Guide: VFX Roll Call for the Avengers

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/vfx-roll-call-for-the-avengers/

Some really great high res photo’s of the ending credit sequence! 

  

  

Fuel VFX: Live Action CG Placement

http://www.fuelvfx.com/new/index.php?page=project135/The%20Avengers&mode=html