Chick 1 says:
The Avengers universe is taking shape & Hollywood just can’t resist mining the depths of classic TV.
Old News: In case you don’t know, The Avengers is Marvel Comics answer to DC Comics’ Justice League. Among the Avengers is Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and Thor. And, unless you haven’t been to the theater in five years, you may have noticed that some of these characters have been the subject of some pretty successful movies. Marvel has been using these individual movies to shape not just individual franchises but an inclusive Avenger franchise.
If you’ll notice, there were strategically placed cameos and hints in the first two movies, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk. There was also a glimpse of Captain America’s shield in Tony’s workshop in Iron Man.
Personally, I don’t think it will work. To a non-comic book reader like me, there are some pretty hysterical superheros in the Avengers (Ant-man, Wasp, anyone?). On top of that, the movies released so far have created their own universes that I don’t think will mesh well. I didn’t think the Tony Stark cameo in The Incredible Hulk worked and there’s no way that the Hulk credibly exists in the world that Jon Favreau created for Iron Man.
The next Avenger to get the big screen is Thor. I can’t help but giggle a bit. I’m sure the fanboys are offended by my attitude but… Thor? All I can think about is Vincent D’Onofrio as Thor in Adventures in Babysitting (yes, Vincent D’Onofrio). The good news is that it’s being directed by Kenneth Branagh. And a few weeks ago, the casting of Thor was announced, Chris Hemsworth. You know him as…Captain Kirk’s daddy. Works for me.
New News: They’re making an A-Team movie. Now this is a cheesy TV movie I can get behind. And check out the first two casting announcements: Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith and Bradley Cooper as Face. Yum, yum. So, who do you think should fill out the team as Howling Mad Murdock and B.A. Baracus?