The Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers makes its nationwide U.S. debut May 4th, uniting the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in the first of the summer blockbusters. Early word is it’s not half bad. And because I know there are fans out there with their Fandango-printout tickets of midnight showings in their fists and their knitted Captain America suits ready to step into, I have compiled ten Avengers-related links to help pass the time in these final few days. Stay strong, friends!

For starters, how about some delicious Avengers cake pops? Forget that they look like heads on pikes. They’re cute heads on pikes. (Via Vulture.)

CBS recently ran a profile of Joss Whedon in which Whedon discusses, along with The Avengers, his upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot entirely at his Santa Monica house.

Mashable has posted “8 Hilarious Avengers Parodies” for your entertainment. Watch. Learn. Make your own.

Here’s an Avengers promotional clip featuring a fight scene between Iron Man and Thor with commentary by Joss Whedon. (Via The Hollywood Reporter.)

IMDB has an original video interview with Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans for your perusal. What were the Chrises’ first non-animated films they’d ever watched? What are the Chrises’ favorite movie quotes? How did they differentiate between the two Chrises on set? Just how many Chrises does it take to make The Avengers, anyway? Wonder no more.

Take Escapist Magazine’s “What Avenger Are You?” quiz.

Read about that one time the projectionist deleted the entire Avengers film at a screening for critics. To quote Roger Ebert’s tweet on the matter, “Oops!” (Via Slate.)

See Danny Pudi, Abed on Community, pose with Thor’s hammer on his recent tour of Marvel Comics.

Follow Drunk Hulk on Twitter.

Preview The Avenger’s soundtrack featuring the brand spankin’ new Soundgarden single “Live to Rise.” You’ll have to tweet about it first to “unlock” the privilege of giving it a listen.

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TNB Arts and Culture Editor CYNTHIA HAWKINS teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Most of what she thinks she knows comes from movies, including how to tango, how to take someone down with a ballpoint pen, how to curse in French, and how to catch a moving train. Her work, on movies and otherwise, has appeared in literary journals and magazines such as ESPN the Magazine, Parent:Wise Magazine, The Good Men Project, New World Writing, Strange Horizons, and numerous alternative weeklies and anthologies. You can find Cynthia on Twitter and at cynthiahawkins.net.

8 responses to “Ten Things Avengers

  1. I saw The Avengers this afternoon.

    Except where I come from it’s called Avengers Assemble in case old people confuse it with the 1970s TV series The Avengers.

    Because I’m an Englishman I’m more excited about Much Ado About Nothing, even if it doesn’t have Stan Lee in it…

    • And slightly less old people might confuse it with the crappy Ralph Fiennes film based on the series (oh, what was my BFF thinking?). I knew it got to you first! I’ve been reading about it in The Guardian. I’m pretty excited about Much Ado as well from what little I’ve seen/read.

      • I’d forgotten that Fiennes had been in a remake. He’s in the new Bond film though, and is generally awesome.

        There is nothing bad about The Avengers. It’s amazing that all six heroes get decent screen time, and the Hulk isn’t terrible. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner makes Eric Bana and Ed Norton look like terrible actors. If it didn’t cost so much I’d probably go and watch it again. Major plus: reference to the second greatest action film of all time.

        Much Ado about Nothing is a great comedy. It’s so incredibly ahead of it’s time its amost scary. Shakespeare pretty much invents the rom-com and that’s just the subplot… heard that Whedon is updating the dialogue, which could and should be amazing.

  2. Zara Potts says:

    Ha! I saw it already! In 3D, no less! I feel special now.

  3. I have no idea why it was released here a week before it comes out in the US. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think it’ll be my first 3D film (the publicity for Prometheus has pissed me off so badly). It’s very long, so I need to find a cinema with an easily-accessible toilet, so I don’t miss the end like I did with sodding Drive.

    Here’s the trailer re-worked as a silent movie.

    • I love that trailer!

      I’m not a fan, in general, of 3D. I don’t get it. 3D films never register as 3D to me. High-def, maybe. And the fact that I don’t get it and can’t see a difference makes me incredibly anxious & neurotic — like maybe my vision is screwy or I have brain tumor. So, I’m hoping after your first 3D movie you come back and tell me, “No! It’s not just you! Nobody can see anything in 3D at a 3D movie. It’s a mass conspiracy to make you wear funny glasses for two hours and spend twice as much at the cinema.”

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