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26 April 2012             21:10 ET

Comic book fans finally get the chance to see their favourite heroes together when Avengers Assemble – several years in the making – arrives on the big screen this weekend.

“Avengers is going to do big business, that’s in the cards,” a confident Robert Downey Jr says. “But it deserves to succeed because it was a difficult endeavour and there’s a lot of talent in it.”

How difficult can it be to get Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow in one film?

Very, it turns out.

The idea for uniting some of Marvel’s biggest superheroes on screen first emerged during early production of Downey Jr’s blockbuster, Iron Man, in 2008.

Samuel L Jackson in Avengers Assemble
Samuel L Jackson’s character, Nick Fury, first appeared in Iron Man in 2008

Producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Fiege discovered that the characters which hadn’t already been brought to the big screen by other Hollywood studios happened to come from the comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963.

Deciding to test the water to see whether there would be demand for an Avengers movie, producers slipped in an end-of-credits scene with Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, the director of fictional peacekeeping agency Shield, to gauge fan reaction.

The buzz was positive and after Fury made another cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk a couple of months later, Marvel decided to pursue an Avengers film by building it one character at a time – and so came blockbuster hits Thor and Captain America last year.

Downey Jr says all the films were inextricably linked: “All the franchises we’ve launched so far had to work – and if this didn’t work out it would have affected all the other franchises.”

Logistics

After ensuring all the previous films’ writers and directors were on board with working towards an Avengers film came the task of creating a story to unite the characters and make a movie to trump all that had come before it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon took up the task of writing and directing the project.

Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers Assemble
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Black Widow while Jeremy Renner stars as Hawkeye

The film sees Fury assemble the special team in order to rescue the world from Loki (the villain from Thor played by British actor Tom Hiddleston) and an alien army who plan to enslave the human race.

“Part of making this movie is taking everything that existed in the movies we’ve already put together and to then go back to the comics and be faithful to those,” Fiege says.

And when you have so many A-listers in the same film – Jackson, Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo to name a few – getting them to be available at the same time can prove another challenge.

Consequently, there were not many days when the entire cast were on set during its three-month shoot.

“It was hard to have perspective of the size of the film as we were all almost making our own mini-films with so many storylines going on,” Johansson says.

“The only time we got a real sense of the scope of it was when we were all together shooting the scenes in one unit – then there was an electricity in the air.”

Creating The Hulk

Johansson reprises her role as former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, as first seen opposite Downey Jr in Iron Man 2.

THE ROAD TO AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans in Avengers Assemble

With a more fleshed-out role in this film, the star hints that if her character is well received, there could be the possibility of starring in more movies – maybe even her own franchise.

“Marvel understands the value of fan participation and if the fans respond to certain characters, they’ll invest more in that character,” she says.

“There’s always the possibility [of more films], but even if there was a possibility, we’d never tell.”

One newcomer to the franchise was Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner and The Hulk – roles played by Edward Norton and Eric Bana in previous films.

A Hulk fan as a child, Ruffalo says he was attracted to the idea of being the first actor to play both roles, as the giant green monster had been only a computer-generated creation before, and this time motion-capture technology would be used.

“People have had a great expectation of the Hulk for a long time,” he says. “But technology has advanced to the point where an actor can inhabit the Hulk and there’s now a seamlessness between Banner turning into him.”

Ruffalo adds his experience has made him more sympathetic to the issue of more recognition for motion-capture actors during awards season, raised when Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis was overlooked for his performance as Gollum, and highlighted again with the stars of James Cameron’s Avatar.

Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr in Avengers Assemble
Mark Ruffalo is the first actor to play both Bruce Banner and The Hulk

“There’s a performance, but there’s also the aspect of the animators too which rarely gets talked about,” he says.

“It would be cool if the whole team was considered, [but actors] should at least be recognised or have the capability of being recognised in some way.

“Yes there was an element of wearing a leotard, but it was a very intensive process.”

Egos

Despite the A-list ensemble, the cast insist there was no room for individual egos on set.

“Once we realised the trailers were the same size we calmed down,” Ruffalo jokes.

Hiddleston adds: “It would be so ironic trying to make a film about the achievements of a team to have a load of individuals throwing their toys out of their prams and acting like divas.”

And being superheroes, the cast had moments of “wardrobe embarrassment” which led them all to be humiliated at one point or another.

“My leotard made all the wrong places look big and all the right places look small,” Ruffalo complains.

Hiddleston adds: “Chris Evans and Scarlett were flying the flag for Spandex – and there was a moment when I saw [Thor] Chris Hemsworth being literally drilled into his costume as one of the discs on his breastplate had fallen off.”

Robert Downey Jr spoke to the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba at The Avengers premiere in London

With critics mainly giving positive reviews, time will tell if comic book fans are as enthusiastic – and if the Avengers franchise will continue.

Nevertheless, the cast are prepared to be tied to the series – and everything else that comes with it.

“We don’t know what the future holds for these characters – we all signed on with the hope that we’d be able to explore them more,” Johansson says.

“But I love the action figures – I just became Lego which is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Avengers Assemble is on general release now.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17858500

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The Avengers is scheduled for release on Friday May 4, 2012 in the United States.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Avengers_(2012_film)

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May 4th, 2012

5 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 14 = The Avengers life lesson and personal year = Appealing.  Having appeal.

Temperance Tarot card

14 year + 5 (May) = 19 = The Avengers personal month = Their time to shine.  Proud of their hard earned success.

The Sun Tarot card

19 month + 4 (4th of the month on Friday May 4th, 2012) = 23 = The Avengers personal day = Action movie.  Zest for life.

King of Wands Tarot card

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Oct. 11, 2011    9:27 a.m.

“The Avengers” movie trailer was released Tuesday morning, and the two-minute peek into the Marvel Studios movie promises explosions, fight scenes and Tony Stark’s trademark sass.

The much-anticipated film, directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon and scheduled for a May 4, 2012, release, unites the Marvel superheroes that have been separately dominating the box office since “Iron Man” in 2008. The trailer shows Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) telling the team why they’ve been — er — assembled, the heroes checking out their digs at what we can assume is S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters, and “Thor” villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) misbehaving again, all to the soundtrack of Nine Inch Nails’ “We’re In This Together.”

“The Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and a slate of other Marvel movie alumni and newbies.

“I really feel like a fan in all of this because I’ve seen all these individual characters come to life,” Hemsworth told Hero Complex in May. “Now to throw them together, you feel like a kid in a way, there’s really a giddy feeling. I’m looking forward to being in a room with not just those actors but those characters, these larger-than-life characters, and seeing how that turns out. I want to see how Captain America and Thor and Iron Man react to one another.”

Whedon praised the cast during Comic-Con, saying the actors, and the characters they play, “mesh really well.”

“These actors have a great time playing against each other, and they are, as a troupe, actually a much better team than the Avengers are,” the director said.

story from and trailer at:  http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/10/11/the-avengers-trailer-marvel-superheroes-unite/

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The Avengers is scheduled for a May 4th, 2012 release

May 4th, 2012

5 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 14 = The Avengers life lesson and personal year = Sex appeal.  Sexy.  Sexiness.

14 year + 5 (May) = 19 = The Avengers personal month = Achievment.  Accomplishment.  Proud of their hard earned success.

19 month + 4 (4th of the month on May 4th, 2012) = 23 = The Avengers personal day = Action movie.

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Scarlett Johansson was born on November 22nd, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_Johansson

November 22nd, 1984

November 22nd

11 + 22 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = her personal year (from November 22nd, 2011 to November 21st, 2012) = Heartfelt.  Deeply emotional.

37 year + 4 (April) = 41 = her personal month (from April 22nd, 2012 to May 21st, 2012) = Warming up to her.  Getting to know her.

41 month + 4 (4th of the month on May 4th, 2012) = 45 = her personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.  Mysterious.

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