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Marvel Releases Final Scene of ‘Captain America’ & a Short Clip From ‘The Avengers’ Teaser

Marvel has released a short teaser clip for ‘The Avengers’ which includes the final scene of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and a short clip from ‘The Avengers’ teaser that followed the credits of Cap. Here’s to hoping that the full teaser trailer is released sometime in the near future.

Check Out ‘The Avengers’ Movie Poster & Website

Comic book nerds have been waiting for some time for a movie that brings ‘The Avengers’ to the big screen.  The teaser poster is out for the future blockbuster hit that will be released on May 4, 2012.  Even though the poster doesn’t really tease at all, it is something to appease the constant drooling of fans.

This movie seems to be one of those projects that seems to big to pull off, but the ensemble for this bad boy seems poised for success.  ‘Serenity’ director Joss Whedon is directing and writing the flick.  The cast is absurd.  Here is a breakdown of the cast:

The Hulk – Mark Ruffalo

Captain America – Chris Evans

Thor – Chris Hemsworth

Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr.

Nick Fury – Samuel L. Jackson

Hawkeye – Jeremy Renner

Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson

Col. James Rhodes – Don Cheadle

Also, the official website for the movie has been launched.  On the site you can download the poster, track the news at Comic Con, and receive updates.

The Avengers

Edward Norton To Play The Villain In ‘The Bourne Legacy’

Edward Norton has signed on to play the villain opposite of Jeremy Renner in ‘The Bourne Legacy.’ I’ve been skeptical about this project since the beginning. No Matt Damon. No Paul Greengrass at the helm (directed ‘Supremacy’ & ‘Ultimatum’). Jason Bourne himself will not be in the film despite the fact that director/writer Tony Gilroy stands by the fact that he is still alive and out there. The movie shares the title of Eric Van Lustbaber’s book, which was written as a follow-up to Robert Ludlum’s infamous ‘Bourne’ trilogy, despite the fact that Gilroy doesn’t seem to follow the story of the book whatsoever, simply based on the fact that Jason Bourne is the main character in the book.

Let me rewrite the first sentence of this post again.  Edward Norton has signed on to play the villain opposite of Jeremy Renner in ‘The Bourne Legacy.’ Despite my personal skepticism, and reasons for concern, the news of Norton joining the cast pushed me over the edge, where optimism is the only option.  ‘Legacy’ seems almost destined to succeed when you look at the cast alone.  Jeremy Renner will jump into Damon’s shoes, carrying the lead role as an operative from a covert government program.  Renner is a two-time Oscar nominee (Best Actor – The Hurt Locker, Best Supporting Actor – The Town).  As stated earlier, Edward Norton will serve as the villain in ‘Legacy.’ Norton also has two Oscar nominations in his belt, with his roles in ‘Primal Fear’ (Best Supporting Actor) and ‘American History X’ (Best Actor’). Rachel Weisz won an Oscar for her supporting role in ‘The Constant Gardner’, and will play the love interest.  Tony Gilroy’s track record as a writer and as a director are remarkable.  Gilroy has previously directed ‘Michael Clayton’ (Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/Metacritic: 82) and ‘Duplicity’ (Rotten Tomatoes:64%/Metacritic: 69), earning two Oscar nominations for his work in ‘Clayton’ for writing and directing.

Average Grade on Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic

Tony Gilroy (Director) – 77%/75.5

Tony Gilroy (Writer) – 69.1%/62.6

Jeremy Renner – 60.7%/61

Edward Norton – 66.4%/60

Rachel Weisz – 50.9%/52

Not really sure how this conglomeration of talent can fail.  Count me in on August 3, 2012.

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Trailer Breakdown: Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol

Release Date: December 16, 2011

I’m salivating for MI:4.  The reason is not to see Tom Cruise have countless near death experiences. The reason is not to see self-destructing mission assignments. Why the drool? I can’t wait to see Brad Bird in his live-action directorial debut.  Bird has directed three animated feature films (‘Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Ratatouille’) that all received critical acclaim.  Bird’s average score on Rotten Tomatoes in these three films is a 96.7%.  The big question is whether or not Bird’s success can translate from a animated cooking rat to the live-action Mission Impossible saga.

I’ve been a big fan of Jeremy Renner as of late, and I’m interested to see how they weave him into the franchise.  He is being brought into eventually replace Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character. Renner has been on a bit of a hot streak with his last two movies, ‘The Hurt Locker (97%) & ‘The Town (94%), earning Oscar nominations in both.

I enjoyed the trailer. Eminem’s song in the background got me hyped. Tom Cruise yet again climbing a tall glass building as one of the feature stunts…not so much.  J.J. Abram’s third installment was the best. Can Brad Bird pick up where the Lost guru left off?

Breaking Down the Mission Impossible Series (Rotten Tomatoes/MetaCritic):

Mission Impossible – 60/60

Mission Impossible II – 57/60

Mission Impossible III – 70/66

Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol – ?

Let’s here your predictions for Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol. Grade Prediction. Thoughts on Bird. Thoughts on the series.  Thoughts on the trailer. Go!