This is a pen and ink of the cover for Avengers Classic #5 by Art Adams. Which was itself a reprint of the original Avengers Vol 1 #5 which featured the original Avengers lineup going up against Molto, Supreme Warrior of the Lava Men. Not perhaps one of their stronger outings.
It’s probably unfair to directly compare the two given the difference in publishing practices and art styles in the intervening forty years, but I know which I prefer.
If you’ve been paying any sort of attention then really this confirmation isn’t exactly a surprise. Ever since Thanos appeared in the mid-credits teaser for The Avengers, it’s been clear where Marvel is heading and the references to further infinity stones in Thor: The Dark World and hints in what we’ve already seen in Guardians of the Galaxy continued to lay out the breadcrumbs.
That Thanos would make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy is just common sense based on what we’ve already seen on screen and what Marvel are hinting at in their comicbook prequel to the movie. But he’s still more the ultimate villain, not the current villain.
Clearly Avengers 3 is intended to wrap up this initial giant storyline before we move onto the next phase in Marvel’s ever growing plans (mapped out up to 2028 last I heard).
Oh and Gunn also released this new photo from Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians look a little grumpy here. And I don’t blame them. Yellow really isn’t their color.
Marvel have released some concept art for Avengers 2, better known as Avengers: Age of Ultron and it looks glorious.
Now keep in mind that concept art is just that. The film will not look exactly like these images. It may end up looking nothing like these images in fact.
But this is the first chance we’ve had to see how they envisage Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch appearing. There are nods to the traditional comic book costumes there, but not surprisingly they’ve largely gone their own way. I’m fine with that. No doubt some will whine.
And we have our first teaser poster for Thor 2 or Thor: The Dark World as they’re calling it. It’s not what you’d call very revealing although I guess anyone who just loves gazing at Chris Hemsworth as Thor should be pretty happy.
Set some time after The Avengers, The Dark World will have Thor facing Malekith who plans to plunge the universe into darkness. Apparently the first trailer is expected next week.
Directed by Alan Taylor, Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba and Rene Russo is scheduled for theaters in November 2013.
I’ve been looking forward to this movie since Iron Man was released. But I had my doubts about whether it could work. Even the addition of Joss Whedon as writer/director didn’t entirely reassure me since I’ve found his recent work very hit or miss. The Avengers though is pure hit from beginning to end.
It’s exactly what it should be. A giant, action packed, summer blockbuster of a movie. But more than that, it gives each of it’s heroes a little time to breathe and show depth. It’s also packed with Whedonesque quips as well, which doesn’t hurt either.
Although there are a few elements of the movie which benefit from having seen the earlier films, it’s really not at all necessary. Borrowing from a long cinematic tradition that includes The Magnificent Seven and The Dirty Dozen we are introduced to the key heroes one after another and each gets his or her moment to shine. And by the time they are all on screen you know everything you need to know about them and the threat that they are facing.
Whedon even gives us some of that Marvel tradition of heroes beating up on each other before they finally get around to taking care of the super villain. Pretty much it’s everything you would want an Avengers movie to be and I loved it right up to and including the final credits sequence when the real Big Bad is revealed!