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'Avengers' clip: Thor and Iron Man fight... and fight and fight

A new clip for May’s hotly anticipated The Avengers — or, as it’s known in Finland, The Most Exquisite Spin-Off Accumulation Organization: Accumulators, Accumulate! — has just hit the internet. The meat of the video is a 52-second sneak peek of Iron Man and Thor having an old-fashioned Godzilla/Rodan battle in a forest. (Presumably, Captain America shows up after the clip to calm things down. Cap is such a Mothra.)

As a lifelong Avengers fan, I have to point out that clip is predicated on a curious ongoing fallacy: The notion that a mere mortal could somehow fight Thor for more than a couple seconds. Like, you know how sometimes, in old Avengers comics, the team would have training sessions? Hawkeye would shoot his arrows, and Scarlet Witch would cast her magical mutant powers of plot contrivance, and Wonder Man would punch something while his eyes shined red? I like to imagine that Thor would occasionally walk into the training sessions, cheekily proclaim, “Hey guys, guess what: I’m a god!” and then cause a hurricane to destroy the Eastern Seaboard. Watch the clip below, or check it out in HD at iTunes. READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers': Teaming up to shoot some last-minute footage?

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The details are unclear, but it sounds like the gang from The Avengers is teaming up for one last job.

The movie comes out May 4, but at a press conference yesterday Robert Downey Jr. made reference to the actors getting together that evening. “We’re actually not done shooting,” Downey told the crowd. “We’re shooting one more scene tonight.” Amid the shock, he added: “I’m not kidding.” READ FULL STORY

Crawl inside Joss Whedon's head as he makes 'The Avengers' -- EW Exclusive

It’s a sweltering day in June last year. The air in Albuquerque still smells burnt from wildfires along the Arizona border. Inside the rusting hulk of an abandoned train depot on the edge of downtown, The Avengers has turned the empty space into a New York City battlescape.

Flames and smoke rise from heaps of rubble along a strip made to look like a Manhattan street. Smashed cars are wheeled around on forklifts, and guys in alien motion-capture suits strut in to rehearse an attack on Captain America. Scarlett Johansson has just finished a scene where wires swing her leather-clad form through the air, and Mark Ruffalo is in a far corner looking at digital effects for an upcoming scene with him as The Hulk.

Sitting alone in a folding chair amid the chaos is writer-director Joss Whedon, whose mind probably looks a lot like the scene around him: overheated, frenzied, and full of weird characters.

The Avengers premiered to raves this week, and opens nationwide on May 4. (Meanwhile, Cabin the Woods, the horror film he co-wrote, debuts today). Here’s what it was like to be present at creation on The Avengers set, when Whedon let EW poke around that brain of his… READ FULL STORY

'Avengers' premiere: Can you have too many superheroes?

At last night’s world premiere of The Avengers in Hollywood, the red carpet was packed with huge movie stars. But of course, that was the point, since The Avengers brings together several heroes from the Marvel universe to form a superteam to defend Earth. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk already have their own franchises, and Black Widow and Hawkeye are poised to break out, but did the cast ever doubt that all these characters could fit in one movie. Yes, actually. “If I’m being honest, I thought there were going to be too many in Avengers until we read the final script,” said Scarlett Johansson. READ FULL STORY

New 'Avengers' clip: Tony Stark confronts Loki, takes superhero head count

As we get closer and closer to tonight’s live-stream of The Avengers’ red carpet premiere — and baby steps closer to the theatrical release — every teaser clip is just another reminder that our awesomeness tolerance is thisclose to being Hulk-smashed.

MTV has a new sneak peek at the Marvel mash-up, due out May 4, in which Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man, a.k.a. Robert Downey, Jr.) casually confronts supervillian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in an oddly quiet Manhattan high-rise. In the clip, Stark coolly takes roll call of his fellow Avengers (the coolest co-workers ever, natch) and lets Loki know that he’s pissed off every single one. Watch below, and see if you can guess which Avenger is the one with “breathtaking anger management issues”: READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' clip: Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill tussles with Nick Fury, verbally

We know Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow can fight — even with her hands tied behind her back — but what about the other high-profile woman on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, Maria Hill (How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders)? A new Avengers clip, which Smulders debuted on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, shows Hill in a (verbal) scrap with her boss, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), over whether it’s safe or even possible to evacuate due to the unstable Tesseract. At least, I think that’s what they’re talking about. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Marvel announces 'Captain America' sequel set for April 2014

Captain America is being redeployed.

The coda to last year’s Captain America set up The Avengers and, in turn, The Avengers is apparently setting up a Captain America sequel. Marvel Studios and parent company Disney announced today that Chris Evans’ patriotic superhero will go straight into a stand-alone followup scheduled to debut April 4, 2014.

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New 'Avengers' clip: Scarlett Johansson fights Russians, in a leotard, with both hands tied behind her back

The press on The Avengers has been focusing mostly on the film’s central “Clash of the Spin-Off Titans” premise: The presence of power trio Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, with the Hulk as a background vocalist/bouncer. But when I was growing up, the fun thing about the Avengers comics was the preponderance of lesser-known utility players and specialists who supported the A-team. A new clip from the movie spotlights one of those specialists: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, shown here pulling a Statham-Brand Chair Backflip on some Russian dudes. Watch: READ FULL STORY

The skull-faced alien invaders from 'The Avengers' get a close-up

For months, fans have been trying to guess who the alien attackers will be in The Avengers, with little to go on but blurry images in trailers and photos of crashed ships and weapons on the film’s set.

Writer-director Joss Whedon assures fans that it is not the Skrull or the Kree, two extra-terrestrial races with rich histories in the Marvel Comics universe, but beyond that this bad-guy army remains a mystery. All we know is that Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the troublemaking, exiled brother of Thor, is apparently leading them.

A new TV spot (seen after the jump) gives us our first close-up of the attackers — and they ain’t pretty. READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' named closing film at Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival was established by Robert De Niro and other prominent members of the New York arts community to help resurrect and revitalize the city after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. In The Avengers, the streets of Manhattan become an epic battleground as Marvel’s greatest warriors face an unprecedented threat to all humanity.

Today, Tribeca announced it will celebrate the everyday heroics of New York’s best — policemen, firemen, first responders, and members of the U.S. military — with a special screening of Joss Whedon’s superhero mash-up, which will close the film festival on Saturday, April 28, one week before the blockbuster roars into theaters. New York’s own noble guardians will have an opportunity to attend the screening and meet the cast. “Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there,” said Whedon, in a statement. “I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.”

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 18-29, 2012.

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