Finally, some good news for Disney in a year that’s seen John Carter bring some ridiculously heavy clouds to the skies over the Magic Kingdom just for being a (relative) flop: Marvel’s The Avengers looks like it’s going to be a big hit, with pre-release tracking giving it an opening weekend of somewhere in the region of $125 million. Impressive? Sure. But also, just maybe a little low…?
Select AMC cinemas will show Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avengers back to back on May 3, capped off by the midnight premiere of The Avengers.
A newly surfaced screen grab from The Avengers extended Super Bowl spot reveals just how much the film’s motion-capture Incredible Hulk resembles actor Mark Ruffalo.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro says he and David Eick are drawing on Marvel comics, not the big-screen universe, as inspiration for the live-action television series. “The movies have their own continuity,” he says.
Network President Paul Lee said ABC is “aggressively” developing the two Marvel comics properties, and approaching The Hulk as “family entertainment.”
The filmmaker has offered an update, saying that he and David Eick have turned in a rewritten outline to ABC for the planned live-action series.
With the announcement on Monday that Marvel has at last established a television division, with veteran writer Jeph Loeb at the helm, our thoughts turn to which of the company’s characters are ready to make the leap to live-action television.