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‘The Avengers’ Gets A Star-Studded Superheroic New Poster

The Avengers

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have unleashed the final theatrical poster for their upcoming superhero team feature The Avengers, loaded with star quality and credits and the works. You can check it out here below.

It’s not the most exciting image Marvel could have used for the poster heralding the film that has been in the works ever since Samuel L. Jackson stepped out of the shadows during the end credits scene in the first Iron Man, but it works well. I think it’s just a shame that the studio couldn’t have rounded up the entire cast at the same time for a poster photo shoot rather than put together this somewhat sloppily composed image.

Everyone looks good and ready for action and there’s plenty of mass destruction in the background to give the team composite image a bit additional dramatic weight, but why in the hell did they put Iron Man on the poster without his iconic helmet on? He looks like an action figure that comes with removable head gear. I know these photoshopped images are common practice in Hollywood movie marketing, but I also know that Marvel and Paramount could have done way better.

No big deal to me. I’m still in line opening day.

The Avengers also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie opens on May 4, 2012.




  1. I think it looks ridiculous. Only Hulk looks like he belongs and at that, it’s not a very compelling image of the Hulk. Everyone else is looking in a different directions, Captain America looks like he’s posing for a standee, Nick Fury looks like he’s going to shoot Black Widow in the behind, Hawkeye seems to have incredible balance…I dunno. Nobody’s worried about the City falling apart behind them?! There’s no focus here and it’s not even good enough to call it Photoshopped! Seems like a crude cut and paste job using mspaint instead of a flagship movie poster for one of the biggest and most anticipated movies of 2012. I’m disappointed.

    Comment by PAUL — February 28, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  2. Fan boy haterade begins. Let’s be thankful that we are getting this, Marvel has A-list talent behind it, and if you scoff at that, answer me this? Where is DC’s Justice League film that has been 20 years in the making?

    That said, “Everyone else is looking in a different directions,” uh, did you see the trailers? Shit was coming from every possible direction. That is the great thing about a team. You don’t have to watch your back because someone is looking in that directon – watching your back for you.

    It is just a poster Paul, one that is meant to capture the essence of the film or tease it. Since we don’t need a teaser, this spells out what we are getting. Some of the best comic book heroes assembled, with great actors that (from the destruction around them) will lead to a nice mindless but fun summer popcorn experience.

    You’re underoos are bunching up PAUL… I can recommend remedies to help you with that hatorade wedgie.

    Comment by The NYC Vidit — February 28, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

  3. Terrible awkwardly rendered one-sheet that proves that Photoshop has ruined movie posters forever.  And it should have put Chris Evans as Captain America front and center!  While Iron Man is the more popular character(mainly due to Robert Downey Jr.’s performance), making him the center of attention makes it all the harder for audiences to buy Cap as the leader of all these superheroes played by dynamic and well-known actors.  Another that worries me is that Chris Evans is gonna have to try hard not to acted off the screen by RDJ; during that scene in the first Avengers trailer where Cap and Tony Stark face off against each other verbally, Robert blows him away!  Evans has his work cut out for him.

    Comment by MadMike — February 28, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Devil’s advocate: You don’t think the hints of his angst is enough? I am hoping the “punching bag” scene from the early trailers will give us a glimpse of the bitter patriot Captain America. Cynical, betrayed and not really having much fight in him. That juxtaposed against a chipper modern man like Robert’s Tony should lead to some fun fireworks… ugh, yeah, Chris has his work cut out for him sharing a scene, and the “who are you when you take away the suit” moment -cringe- maybe it is appropriate? Will feel right because (be real) Chris did feel like a WWII  caricature that was so right in CA. Maybe bringing that + some rage will  do it?

    Comment by Kareem Harper — February 28, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  5. Different directions – I think that works. Part of teamwork. You don’t have to watch your back because someone else does. Looking at the Hulk, I feel as if positions were shifted on this based on input from too many cooks. I think their positions, when overlapped closely, works. Problem is, and I can see the argument, someone said it was “too busy” and began to shift the positions, then there was a comment about faces, gotta see faces, and the “geared up” look was removed. Just a theory. I still like it – delivers what I expect from a (what I hope to be) fun mindless summer blockbuster with over-buttered popcorn to help accelerate my death.

    Comment by Kareem Harper — February 28, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  6. And for the record, DC’s Justice League has been 20+ years in the making. Kind of glad and thankful Marvel is taking this seriously about retaining quality talent (for the most part – I would have loved Kenneth B. on Thor 2 and Edward Norton in Avengers) despite aforementioned unfortunate “disagreements.”

    Comment by Kareem Harper — February 29, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  7. Marvel’s biggest feature film successes (like Spiderman, X-Men, Blade, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider) and flops (Daredevil, Elektra, Man-Thing, Punisher) have been movies created through other studios. Marvel lucked out that the risks they took with Iron Man were so well received and even luckier that Robert Downey Jr agreed to multiple sequels, which set the pace for stars in other Marvel productions. Had Iron Man bombed, it easily could’ve put a stop on Captain America, Thor, the Hulk reboot, etc. If any of those were less successful, there never would’ve been a chance at seeing the Avengers on the big screen! Warner Bros, on the other hand, has never really had blockbuster success outside of Batman and Superman franchises and typically does much, much better on the small screen (the Flash, Smallville, Lois and Clark). I wouldn’t argue that a Justice League movie has been 20+ years in the making so much as I’d argue that fans have been 20+ years waiting. The Justice League made-for-TV pilot was abysmal but the same can be said for any number of made-for-TV Marvel flicks too. Like Marvel and Iron Man (of the Avengers), Warner Bros really needs to get lucky and have breakout success with an ancillary character from the Justice League. Green Lantern was moderately OK (I found it entertaining but it was far from a critical success). Forget Man of Steel or the Dark Knight…they’ll always have success on their own. Warner Bros absolutely needs to hit it out of the ball park with an improved Green Lantern sequel or a smash hit Flash or Wonder Woman film if Justice League has any chance at being made.

    Comment by PAUL — February 29, 2012 @ 10:01 am

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