These look right although shouldn’t technically Tony have no heart? Also Black Widow should have more swagger than Hawkeye.
Work has been incredibly busy, hence, the sporadic posting this week. But there are few things I’ll post now and expand on later.
First if you haven’t read this post over on Moviefone run over before they delete it, bury it or worse.
As a quick recap, the article was a “girl” guide to watching to the Avengers if you boyfriend dragged you along. One would have thought an editor would have seen the TNT sparking off the article on the first paragraph:
As your boyfriend probably told you, “The Avengers” is hitting theaters this Friday. And you, dutiful girlfriend, are attending. But you hate action movies and you’ve never even read a comic book. (Of course, that’s not a slight against the girls who actually do read comic books — i.e. real fans, actual people with varied interests — but for this, let’s just go with the stock view of ladies, ladies!)
The shit hit the fan and the Moviefone, part of the Huffington Post empire (which also employs Laura Hudson, a “girl” as the editor of its comics site Comics Alliance …IRONY!) had to start spinning a like a gyroscope:
Let the promotions begin! The Avengers are all now available on Limited Edition Dr. Pepper cans.
There are different flavors for each Avenger. Black Widow is Regular Diet, my favorite. But then again so Hawkeye. I think Loki is my favorite can.
There is also an Avengers Arcade game you can play online. Unfortunately there is not quite the same selection of Avengers:
You can play here.
Avengers Assemble. Or, more accurately, ready to be bought and assembled
Natasha is flying the plane in this set so I guess it is my favorite
Disney purchased Marvel in 2009 but you wouldn’t know it from their theme parks. Want a Spider-Man ride? You’ll have to head over to Universal Studios. Earlier this month Disney head Robert Iger said the company was “working on some concepts” to bring Marvel characters to the theme parks. And now we see the first example - an Avengers themed monorail debuting in time for the movie’s debut May 4.
Disney held its D23 conference this weekend and continued the promotion of The Avengers which doesn’t even open for eight months.
In this video they introduce some of the cast following some footage from the movie that, from what I understand, features Loki and Nick Fury.
You’ve probably already seen the on-location video with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth but if you haven’t here is a peek.
From the set of the new movie. From Left:
White Dude who is a god, Rich White Dude, Unfrozen White Dude, White Dude who turns green.
The third one I can remember — and at least two different people pitched this at two different times — was an idea that never got as far as an official title, but it was essentially “Black Avengers.” It was “Let’s put all the African or African-American heroes together on a team for an adventure,” and in those cases too, there was nothing about the idea beyond “It’s a bunch of super heroes together” that said “Avengers” beyond the fact that “Avengers” is a term that’s salable. I think there’s something very specific about what “Avengers” means to the Marvel Universe. They’re the varsity. They’re the A-list. They’re the Man. They’re not about being super heroes because of demographics or ethnicity. They stand for something specific and occupy a certain role. If you don’t have some degree of that, then it doesn’t feel like Avengers.
First, isn’t the very concept of the Avengers “a bunch of superheroes together?”
Second, if being an Avenger is not about ethnicity then how come you don’t have more POC as Avengers? How can it be a contrivance to have one bunch of superheroes to come together and not another? There was some good discussion about this by @sonofbaldwin on Twitter.
Characters aren’t born A-list. And you don’t get A-list characters by limiting them and putting them in only certain books. You find good writers and you let them write them and then let the audience decide who is A-list.
It’s tiring to hear the same things said over and over again about race in comics.
Someone said today that it was a “gradual process. Luke Cage is well on his way to becoming iconic.” Luke Cage debuted in comics 9 years after Tony Stark. How long does he have to wait? Where’s his chair?
There apparently a new office logo for Marvel Avengers merchandise. I haven’t seen it officially confirmed, but speculation is that this is it. And soon it will be appearing on everything from clothing to toys. I would think they might also want to think about co-marketing with Jimmy Lee or Johnsonville.