The Avengers gag reel proves just how much fun the crew had on set, which isn’t hard to believe considering Robert Downey Jr. was there (he’s a rambunctious sorta fella). The DVD and Blu-ray editions don’t come out until Sept. 25, but this four-minute reel should tide you over until then.
Here are the three best scenes:
1. Superheroes are always coordinated — the direct antithesis the clumsy — especially Thor. However, in a scene with Chris Evans (Captain America) actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) can’t catch his hammer and instead gracelessly bounces it from arm to arm like it’s a hacky sack. He gets points for never giving up though.
2. Evans demonstrates the difficulty of putting on some of the intricate and complicated gear during one scene. In the movie he puts on a parachute quite easily but in the gag reel we realize how difficult it actually was to put on. “Guess it doesn’t go up as smoothly as I was hoping,” he jokes.
3. After Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) perfects his character’s death — which is notably hilarious — Cobie Smulders has a severe meltdown that we WISH made it in the movie, because you know, it’s so believable and all.
It all comes down to this movie. Over the past few summers we’ve been watching some bearable and some insufferable superhero movies so Marvel could slowly build up to their gigantic mega-movie muscle The Avengers.
Though the newest trailer doesn’t tell us much about the plot, we know the superheros are called to save the world and catch a quick glimpse of the Transformers-esque aliens. I’m not huge into some of the more recent superhero movies but this one looks pretty epic. The music alone is reminiscent of Inception.
The superheros are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk — who were successful in recent summer blockbusters. Then we also get the Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury who have made appearances in in Marvel films.
The film, which is directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon, will be out on May. Will you see it?
“The Incredible Hulk” starring Edward Norton came out on top of the box office with $54.5 million, according to Exhibitor Relations estimates today, reports E! News.
“There were a lot of naysayers out there when we said we were doing this,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, “The Hulk smashed those naysayers.” And according to E! News, “The Incredible Hulk” accounted for about one-third of all ticket sales for the weekend’s top movies.
But did “The Incredible Hulk” make more money its opening weekend than the 2003 version “Hulk”?
Not quite. Five years ago, “Hulk” opened with stronger numbers by bringing in $62.1 million in its opening weekend.
“Kung Fu Panda” placed second with #34.3 million while M.Night Shyamalan’s latest horror-thriller “The Happening” opened in third place with $30.5 million.
I?m sure that when game developers gather around the roundtable and ponder over what would make a great game they have brilliant ideas but oft times they just don?t work out; I assume this was the case with Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.
The basic premise of the game sounds like something we dreamed of when we were kids: a 3-d action game in which you have access to the most notorious Marvel characters. I?ll admit that a game can be pretty bad sometimes and I?ll be sure to let it slide just because Spider-man makes an appearance. But no, not this time. I think I can sum up my experience of this game in one word: frustrating.
Marvel Nemesis is sort of a hybrid of a fighter and adventure I suppose. Basic levels consist of running around, maybe a little wall climbing and repetitive thumb mashing to fight enemies. Every now and then a boss level comes along that usually provides a bit more of a strategic challenge. As you make progress through the game, tons ? and I mean tons ? of new characters come along with their own specific levels. But that doesn?t matter because the game is seldom enjoyable.
For starters, the combat system is lacking plenty. You have four moves: punch, jump, block and grab. And when you use one of these with a fifth button you activate a stronger version ? thus, you have about eight basic commands at your disposal. Problems arise when you start fighting basic enemies because there?s no lock-on system. I sometimes felt like I was better off randomly running around jumping and punching with hopes that I might hit somebody every now and then. Enemies are very quick to take advantage the second you focus on one of them for too long.
Depending on the strength of your character you can throw objects and actually catch objects that enemies throw at you, but with a game full of powerhouse superhero characters who wants to just run around and throw garbage cans? I mean, we?re talking a game in which at one point or another you have access to a real Marvel powerhouse of a roster here: Daredevil, Iron Man, Magneto, Elektra, Spider-man, the Human Torch and Venom just to name a few.
Boss fights really had me cursing at the screen. Typically, the boss will dart around chaotically around and fire projectiles that are close-to-impossible to block or dodgem, or s/he will just lunge at you and absolutely maul you. Remember, because there?s no lock-on system it?s so easy to swing-and-miss. A level in which I was using Wolverine and had to fight Storm I remember was particularly awful. She would fly around, blast my character with thunderbolts and my energy bar would be axed in half! This was just plain monotonous after a while.
Graphic-wise it looked good on my X-box and I hear it looks just as good on Gamecube but PS2 owners might find themselves disappointed.
I think in the end this game is very telling of what the developer, Electronic Arts, really needs to focus on. EA has had sports games and racing games on a solid lockdown for as far back as I can remember. However, these guys have made waste of licenses that had some serious potential. In this case, they had Marvel but I?ve also seen them do some bad things with 007, Batman, The Simpsons, Harry Potter and Aliens.
So there you have it, even if you really like Marvel superheroes, I promise you this game is not fun and in fact, there are a ton of better ones out there such as X-men Legends, Ultimate Spider-man and Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.