It won't hit theaters before The Hunger Games, but on May 4 The Avengers will satisfy our hunger for superheroes quicker than The Dark Knight Rises, which arrives on July 20.
One thing that makes me curious about the Avengers is how the Hulk's going to turn out. There's been two big screen attempts to bring the big green lug back to life, and neither of them hit the mark, which is why I'm hoping he'll finally be done justice with The Avengers.
Now in celebration of The Avengers, Entertainment Weekly informs us that AMC Theaters will be having a Marvel movie marathon on May 3. The marathon will show the first Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, which EW reminds us "is worse than you remember," and Iron Man 2, which they continue "is better than you remember but still worse than it should've been."
Then comes Thor and Captain America before the first midnight screenings of The Avengers get started.
It's cool to see marathons like this coming back, as we've reported on TG they'll be a big Planet of the Apes fest this summer in Texas, and this event should definitely be a lot of fun. You also wonder if they'll do anything similar for The Amazing Spider-Man when it's released on July 3.
When Joss Whedon premiered his upcoming horror film, Cabin in the Woods, at the South By Southwest Festival, he also talked a little bit about The Avengers, and what fans can expect from it. As Collider reports, the film will run about two hours and fifteen minutes. "I had always intended to go over two, under two and a half," Whedon said. "There was no way a movie with this many great actors and this much epic scope was gonna clock in under two and not feel a little anemic."
Whedon did cut the film down from a first cut of three hours, telling the SXWS audience, "You make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation... You go, 'You know what, The Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I'm obsessed with aren't' necessarily moving the story forward, they're baggage."
At the same time, he also says there won't be a director's cut with the extra footage. "I believe very strongly in putting the director's cut into the theaters," Whedon added.