The Avengers movie

This is it, kids. It’s the home stretch. Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ opens in the US on Friday. Yet, Disney and Marvel are STILL releasing new TV spots and images from the movie. It’s pretty ridiculous at this point, but more on that later. First, the spots.

Courtesy of Marvel’s YouTube channel, we have these two new 30-second TV spots. The first one is called “Together” and it features a nice montage of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes preparing for battle. The second one is called “Balance” and it features Nick Fury shedding some light on what it means to be an Avenger. Both are below for your viewing pleasure.

‘The Avengers’ TV Spots:

‘The Avengers’ Movie Stills:

Nick Fury - The Avengers

Throughout this article, you will see new images from the movies that were featured in Entertainment Weekly. Nothing too mind-boggling compared to what we’ve seen already in terms of footage and stills, but since you’ve seen the rest of them, you might as well see these too. I particularly like the Thor and Iron Man solo pictures. Thor looks like he’s thinking, “Oh, it’s on,” and Iron Man looks as glorious as he did the first time we all laid eyes on him back in 2008.

The Avengers - Iron Man

The last bit of news that I have to report is that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige mentioned to Badass Digest in an interview at CinemaCon that rather than rebooting a Marvel movie when an actor’s contract is up, they’ll just take the James Bond route and recast then continue as nothing had changed. This came about because the interviewer asked about Robert Downey Jr., who could potentially leave the franchise after ‘Iron Man 3’ considering that Marvel didn’t start signing their starts on for a whole lot of movies until after the original ‘Iron Man’. Feige said:

“I think Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.”

It’s not an answer that’s completely coming out of left field. Marvel’s already done this with Colonel James Rhodes and Bruce Banner, so why not continue on with the practice. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is all intertwined, so to reboot one franchise in the universe means rebooting all of them. By that time, there would be at least 4 or 5 more movie franchises all together in the MCU, so that would be difficult to reboot all of them, especially since it wouldn’t be that long after the originals came out. I’d definitely say that Feige is making a good choice here in following in the footsteps of James Bond. But the question now stands: Who will replace Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark if that happens? Let’s speculate on that in the comment section.

The Avengers - Thor

Now that all that’s out of the way, I just want to say that the sheer amount of TV spots, trailers, images, and posters that were released for ‘The Avengers’ is pretty ridiculous. I’m all for promoting the hell out of a highly anticipated movie such as this one, but at this point Disney basically let the whole movie out of the bag, sans a few big plot points. So I’ve got to put my foot down and end the coverage somewhere. I mean, the movie comes out this week. If you want more, wait a few more days and see it in it’s entirety. Or go back and read all my other articles on various Avengers related things.

Of course, that’s not going to stop me from seeing the movie multiple times (I’m going to the press screening on Tuesday and the midnight showing on Friday.), and it hasn’t stopped me from reporting on every bit of ‘Avengers’ news that I’ve gotten wind of, but I just wanted to point out that an obscene amount things have been put out there for this movie already that it almost ruins the mystique of the movie. You don’t see ‘Prometheus’ dumping all this stuff on us like ‘The Avengers’ has been.

That wasn’t me complaining either by the way. I love ‘The Avengers’ and I would write about them every day for the rest of my career if I could, but I’m just pointing out how some people might feel. How about you? What do you think about the crazy amount of promotion out there for ‘The Avengers’? Has it gotten annoying to you or are you welcoming each new bit and loving every minute of it? While you’re posting about possible predecessors for RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man, let us know where you stand on the massive amount of promotional material out there for ‘The Avengers’.

The Avengers - Black Widow

Oh, and as if you didn’t know already, Marvel’s massive superhero mash-up movie that manages to make Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, The Black Widow, and Agent Coulson mingle finally opens in the United States this Friday, May 4th.

The Avengers - Hawkeye

The Avengers - Captain America