As the ever-astute Eric D. Snider has already pointed out, nobody who truly cares about the first photo of the Avengers cast won’t end up seeing it because said photo is bad. This is a rare film, at least in the sense of how it’s been built up — there was basically a teaser four years before the movie came out. Marvel has their audience already, and this thing will sell itself.
Still, isn’t this thing awful? EW must have known for weeks, if not months, that they were going to have the “first official look” at the superhero film (if you don’t count footage), yet it looks like it was made this morning. Scarlett Johansson‘s head is off-center, Robert Downey Jr. looks like he’s frozen, and Mark Ruffalo is [insert already repetitive Zoolander/Blue Steel joke here].
Not all of it has to be bad, however. Scans from ComingSoon show the crew (and Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki); not amazing, although it’s actually from the movie. The best thing to come out of this are some photos from EW that show off various members of the cast, most notably an official shot of Chris Evans‘ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark standing around. It doesn’t shift any expectations, but it gives a glimpse at my main interest for this film — seeing superheroes paired up. We also made some of our own photoshop, collecting the characters’ portraits, two at a time.
Plus, Joss Whedon fans will be happy to hear that his input isn’t just behind the camera; EW claims that they saw him writing down new lines, with Downey “pushing for heat-of-the-moment script punch-ups.” The director summed it up by saying, “There is a weird element of: they handed me one of the biggest movies of all time, and I’m making it up as I go.” All I want is for it to be good; if that’s needed to make it happen, great.
You can them all below:
The Avengers opens on May 4th, 2012.
What are your thoughts on this cover and these photos? It doesn’t change your anticipation at all, right?
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