16 03 2013


Newsarama: Whedon Confirmed on AVENGERS 2, Working on Marvel TV Series

7 08 2012

This makes me happy. Very, very happy. Joss has long been a favorite of mine, and he did a spectacular job on Avengers. I think TV is his true element, though, and it’s awesome to know he’ll be involved in whatever this mystery project turns out to be!

– dEV

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By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
posted: 07 August 2012 05:29 pm ET

Joss Whedon is returning to both write and direct an Avengers sequel and develop a live-action Marvel TV series, Variety reports.

Joss Whedon answers questions at his Q&A panel during Comic Con 2012.

The news was announced by Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday during the company’s earnings call. The TV series will reportedly be for Disney-owned ABC, though it’s unconfirmed at this point if it’s related to the rumored show set in the Avengers world that was reported on late last month.

In May, Whedon told the Los Angeles Timesthat he was “very torn” about returning for a second Avengers film, calling it, “an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story.” Avengers has become the third highest-grossing film in box office history on both the domestic and worldwide charts, with a current combined total of $1.46 billion.

Whedon has an acclaimed background in TV as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Angel and Firefly; all shows that cultivated loyal fanbases. Last month at Comic-Con in San Diego, he stated that he’d enjoy a return to television, saying, “TV rules. Most of the good storytelling being done on the screen in America is being done on TV”

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Why Geeks Had Nothing (and Everything) to Do with the Success of “The Avengers”

10 05 2012

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Comic Culture by 

With the biggest opening weekend ever (over $200 million in domestic box office) and near-unanimous praise,The Avengers is an instant object-lesson in how to do a super-hero movie right. But there’s not a lot of consensus about what that lesson is.

The Los Angeles Times claims that the success proves that critical acclaim matters, that TV directors can make the leap to movies, and that “art house stars” like Jeremy Renner can “cross over” (apparently Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was an indie film).

Unsurprisingly, Comic Book Resources singles out the more fan-centric elements: faith in Joss Whedon; faith in the Hulk as a character that could work on film; and the movie’s emphasis on making the audience care about lesser-known (to mainstream audiences, anyway) characters like Hawkeye and Black Widow).

Newsarama’s “10 Lessons We Learned from the Avengers Movie” makes the case for bigger villains; a wider, more integrated universe; and the value of having a director like Joss Whedon, who was not only a Marvel Comics fan but a Marvel Comics writer, at the helm.

There’s some stretched logic in all of these: huge advance-ticket orders for Avengers kill the idea that criticswere a major factor in the opening weekend (though it’ll certainly help the film have legs in the weeks to come) and interest in Black Widow as a character is undercut by reviewers dismissing Scarlett Johansson’s character as, among others, “Distracting Catsuit” – but the one seemingly incontrovertible theme seems to be this:

If a nerd-friendly director is at the helm of a comics-friendly genre movie, success with the geek audience will follow. And, as go the geeks, so goes the box office.

While we wish this were true – and we’d certainly rather see Joss Whedon direct superhero movies than, say, Brett Ratner (of course, Ratner’s critically panned X-Men: The Last Stand out-grossed both of Bryan Singer’s more nerd-approved X-movies) – the secret to The Avengers’ success has pretty much NOTHING to do with Joss Whedon’s geek appeal.

That’s not to say that Whedon’s affinity for the characters didn’t have a lot to do with the film’s quality, but the focus among the fan community seems to be his place as “one of our own”, and there’s plenty of evidence that geek auteurship and box-office appeal are, at best, distant cousins:

Edgar Wright directed what may be the truest adaptation of an indie comic ever with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but the world wasn’t interested in the outcome.

Andrew Stanton’s John Carter was a labor of love that many nerds raved about, but while it will more or less break even thanks to overseas grosses, domestically the response was a yawn at best, a punchline at worst.

Even Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson couldn’t make “Tintin” a household name in the States.

So while fan authenticity is nice, it clearly isn’t everything. A Joss Whedon-type director (and he may be one of a kind in terms of the blend of talent and devoted fandom) could well be the best director for almost any comics-y, genre-y franchise, but not every one of those franchises is a sure sell for the mainstream audience.

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Y!: ‘Avengers’ Breaks Record with $200 Million Opening Weekend

6 05 2012

Who’s the biggest Avengers fan I know? Me. Who hasn’t seen the Avengers movie yet? Also me. I hope to take care of that sometime this week! In the meantime, I can take pleasure in knowing that The Avengers has had the biggest opening ever. EVER!

– dEV

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Posted: 05/06/2012 1:20 pm Updated: 05/06/2012 6:44 pm

Marvel’s “The Avengers” opened with a $200.3 million dollar weekend — the biggest domestic debut ever. (Poor “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” got left in the dust with its paltry $169.2 million haul.) While the official tally for the weekend won’t be determined until Monday morning, as long as Sunday’s estimate holds steady, then “The Avengers” would become the first movie to make over $200 million in a single weekend.

Adding to the $441.5 million overseas take from last week, the superhero blockbuster has now amassed a worldwide total of $641.8 million. Call us crazy, but we smell a sequel. The release of “Avengers” kick-starts the summer movie season, and if a new box-office record is the opening salvo, it will be a hard fought battle for movies like “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Check out the full top ten below:

1. “The Avengers,” $200.3 million

2. “Think Like a Man,” $8 million

3. “The Hunger Games,” $5.7 million

4. “The Lucky One,” $5.5 million

5. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $5.4 million

6. “The Five-Year Engagement,” $5.1 million

7. “The Raven,” $2.5 million

8. “Safe,” $2.47 million

9. “Chimpanzee,” $2.39 million

10. “The Three Stooges,” $1.8 million

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Avengers Comic Teaches Mad Money Skills

3 04 2012

Join Spider-Man and the Avengers in this exciting educational comic about saving money and saving the day. The heroes team up to defeat the villain Mole Man and his evil army, all the while learning important financial skills. The action-packed comic features a budgeting worksheet, finance terms and more.


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Yes, this is for real. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but still fun in the same way that seeing villains thwarted with Hostess Creme Pies was perfectly acceptable in the ’70s and ’80s. And yes, this is coming from a guy who once actually sent in wrappers from Charleston Chew candy bars to get a special edition Avengers comic. I threw the candy away, because Charleston Chew candy bars taste like crap, but I got my “free” comic out of it.

Anyway, here’s the plot. The Avengers (Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and Giant Man) are on a mission to stop the Mole Man and his minions. Somewhere along the way, it’s learned that Spider-Man knows nothing about personal finance or the banking system. So, in the midst of battle, the other Avengers take the opportunity to educate him.

Seriously, this is what goes down.

Now, I grew up in the Reagan era, when comic books that encouraged us to “Just Say No” were commonplace. And the idea of a comic book as an educational tool was taken somewhat seriously, as long as it was targeted at nine-year-olds. This is just… weird. And funny. And weird.

But it’s not a terribly bad idea. At least they’re doing it right. Sort of. The digital comic is available in nine languages, and teacher’s guides and worksheets are available on the website. It’s a shame there isn’t a way to get ahold of print copies, because that’s really the only way to put this comic in the hands of a classroom full of students without buying each kid a Kindle Fire.

And if nothing else, it’s something that we’ll remember forever as being wonderfully odd and unintentionally amusing. Trust me, it’s worth a read!

– dEV

UPDATE: Well, I was wrong! Apparently, there is a print version of the comic that you can order for free! Thanks to my buddy Steve for pointing it out! Here’s the link:


Latest ‘Avengers’ Trailer is Beyond Awesome

29 02 2012

I used to get mocked by other comics fans for saying the Avengers were cooler than the X-Men. I’d just like to say that I was right all along, and this preview should be sufficient proof of that.

Avengers Assemble!

7 02 2012

Am I excited? Just a wee bit. Here’s the trailer for The Avengers that aired during the Super Bowl!

I meant to post this earlier, but it’s taken me some time to recover. I’m a hard core Avengers fan, having been reading it since I was around five years old. An Avengers movie has always seemed impossible, or I’ve always assumed if they tried it would be directed by Roger Corman or something. This is just… wow.