Comic Book Movie Bits: The Avengers, Man of Steel, and X-Men First Class Sequel

Chris Evans in The Avengers (2012) Movie Image

Lots of comic book movie chatter today.

Up first, there’s an interview with special effects supervisor Chris Wells, whose company is working on Joss Whedon’s huge epic superteam movie “The Avengers”. He thinks it’s gonna be big. Bigger than sliced bread and Lady Gaga put together, in fact. The SFX man tells Starbust Magazine:

We’re doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie. There’s a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it’s pretty big. There’s nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It’s a long movie but it doesn’t feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I’ve worked on, this is the best one I’ve seen so far.

Yeah, but will it be boring?

I promise you it’s not going to be boring. This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven’t really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they’re going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be Hulk and that’s great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It’s fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don’t think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.

Wells wouldn’t say if the Skrulls will be one of the film’s villains, but did confirm that Captain America’s nemesis, The Red Skull won’t be in the movie as previously rumored, but promises that there will be “enough bad guys to go around”.

“The Avengers” assembles May 4, 2012.

Henry Cavill as Superman on the Man of Steel SetOver at “Man of Steel” land, rumors of a minute-long teaser trailer being attached to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” have surfaced. Apparently this unnamed, unconfirmed source says the teaser won’t have any CGI, which probably means (if true) it’ll just consist of the “S” logo, the familiar “Superman” orchestra, and a release date for 2013. Or something along that line.

The Zack Snyder-directed film isn’t due out until the Summer of 2013, which is still a year and a half away, so it’s not like Warner is in any hurry. I suspect they’d prefer to spend all their energies promoting their two gargantuan films of 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Hobbit”.

Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class (2011) Movie ImageMeanwhile, over at Fox’s mutie universe, “X-Men: First Class” sequel screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg has dropped some hints about what to expect in the sequel. He tells MTV:

I’m a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing. So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan. That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.

So, more Magneto in the sequel, then?

We’re still figuring that out. I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael is such an interesting actor, he’ll never be full-on anything. He’ll have a villainous side and he’ll have a sympathetic human side you’ll be able to relate but you’ll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says ‘Call me Magneto’ at the end of the first movie.

Matthew Vaughn is officially back to direct the sequel.

Last we left the “First Class” gang, things were a little tense: