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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.

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Awesome Comic-Con Concept Art for ‘The Avengers’

Check out the Comic-Con concept art for ‘The Avengers’ that Marvel just released.  We’ve had the opportunity to see everyone of these characters in film already, except Mark Ruffalo’s ‘Hulk’ and Jeremy Renner as ‘Hawkeye.’  Which one of the pieces of art is your favorite?  Let’s here your thoughts in the comment section below!

(Pictures Via Marvel)

Tomato Monster Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 77%
RT Top Critics Grade: 76%
Metacritic Grade: 67
Tomato Monster Grade: B+
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The Tomato Monster

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen in a long time for the simple reason that I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I enjoyed that they told Cap’s story as a period piece, and I bought it.  It had the feel of an older movie, but didn’t submit itself to being cheesy or campy, despite what other people are saying.  ‘The First Avenger’ isn’t a summer blockbuster because of massive CGI and explosions, but because it is a piece of good storytelling.  The script was witty, obtaining just the right amount of humor.  The super juiced Captain America managed to show his super human ability with a sense of realism.  People often disconnect from the hero in a film because they can’t relate to the character.  Not so with Steve Rogers.  Chris Evans put together an impressive piece of acting, especially as pre-Captain America Steve Rogers.  Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci were hidden gems in this cast, taking this movie up to a level it would have been unable to reach without them.

Many critics are saying that this movie was nothing more than a set-up for next summer’s blockbuster ‘The Avengers.’  I think the only truth to that statement is embedded in the title of the movie, dubbing Cap as the ‘First Avenger.’  Other than that, and of course the ending and the teaser trailer after the credits, this movie could stand alone as great telling of the origins of a legendary super hero.

Were there elements of weakness.  Sure.  I didn’t totally appreciate Cap’s identity crisis.  It was the one moment in the film where it started to loose me with hints of cheese.  Also, Hugo Weaving’s interpretation of the Red Skull was less than believable for me.

With that being said, ‘Captain America’ is a movie that I could watch in any mood.  That is saying something.  As a comic book nerd, I feel as if this is one of the most believable, while still remaining true to the character in print (especially 40’s Cap), comic book movies ever made.  You served the summer well Cap.  The Tomato Monster gives ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ a B+.
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Messages/Themes

    • A distinguishing trait that wins Steve Rogers the job of Captain America was his compassion
    • The individual that has hunger and passion, humbleness & humility, and the willingness to instinctively sacrifice oneself for others is the one most fit to lead.
    • Your gifts and abilities were given to you to be used. Don’t waste them.
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Directed by: Joe Johnston, who had worked as a director in the period films ‘The Rocketeer’ and ‘October Sky’, was a logical choice as director of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ Johnston got his start in the movie business working in special effects for George Lucas in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and with Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ After that he had the itch to get in the director’s seat, and has built an anthology of work that has allowed him to use his passion for special effects. Johnston is probably most known for his work in ‘The Rocketeer’, ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’, and ‘October Sky. His average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer in a directorial role is a 59%.

Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely have collaborated together to write all of their movies except one (Markus – ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). Together they have written 3 of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ films, as well as the mob comedy ‘You Kill Me.’ Their average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 68.2%.
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Budget: $140 million
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Trivia

      • Joe Johnston was chosen as the film’s director for his work on the period adventure films The Rocketeer and October Sky.
      • Kellan Lutz, Ryan Phillippe and Alexander Skarsgård carried out auditions, but ultimately the role went to Chris Evans.
      • Emily Blunt turned down the role of Peggy Carter.
      • This is the fifth live-action adaptation of the superhero. The first was the serial Captain America; the second was the TV movie Captain America and its sequel Captain America II: Death Too Soon; and the fourth was the theatrical film Captain America.
      • To prepare for her role as Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell trained six days a week.
      • Chris Evans seventh comic book movie after the two Fantastic Four movies, TMNT (2007) Push (2009)The Losers, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
      • Chris Evans declined the role three times before accepting the part. After that, he had a meeting with the director and the producers who convinced him to take the role.
      • To prepare for his role as Bucky, Sebastian Stan watched many World War II films/documentaries, and drew inspiration from “Band of Brothers.”
      • Stanley Tucci took the role of Dr. Reinstein because the role enabled him to use a German accent, which he always wanted to do.
(Via IMDB)

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.

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Noteworthy News: Harry Potter, Captain America, The Avengers & Toy Story 4?

Potter Claims 4-Day Box Office Record

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ continues its treacherous path through the record books. Harry reeled in $18.04 million yesterday, bringing the grand total to $187.2 million through four days; breaking ‘The Dark Knight’s’ four-day record of $182.9 million. Potter also made $41 million overseas bringing the grand worldwide total to $542.2 million. The finale crossed the half-billion mark in six days, breaking ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ 9-day record.

Don’t expect Harry to beat The Dark Knight in the end. Despite the constant breaking of records, Potter has been losing steam since opening day, and the gap between the two is only $4.3 million at this point.

(Via Box Office Mojo)

Cap’s First Review Is In…And It’s Rotten

The first review for ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is in and it’s from Karina Longworth of the Village Voice. Let’s just say she didn’t pull her punches.

“[A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D.”

Here’s to hoping that Ms. Longworth doesn’t start a rotten trend.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

‘The Avengers’ Teaser Trailer Supposedly Attached To ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

It has already been reported that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ teaser trailer will be attached to ‘Captain America’, and reports are now including a teaser trailer for ‘The Avengers’ in the mix. ‘The Avengers’ just started filming in April, is being directed by Joss Whedon, and stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (The Hulk), & Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Once again, a handy cam version of the trailer has leaked online, but we won’t post it here. Go see ‘Captain America’ or wait for an official trailer to be released.

(Via Red Box)

Toy Story 4?

After Tom Hanks hinted to BBC back in June that were “already working on” a 4th ‘Toy Story’ film, Pixar head John Lasseter told BBC that he thought Hanks statement was “interesting”. He also snuck around the question in saying “We haven’t announced anything, so I can’t really talk about it”.  That’s a really odd response if the book was actually closed.

(Via Total Film)