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AVENGERS Begins Production: Part Deux

Marvel confirms start of Avengers Production

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 26, 2011
Source: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney

It seems that director Joss Whedon blogging about the start of production isn't quite good enough a statement for the likes of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney. Two days after the helmer mentioned that filming will commence on next summer's superhero team-up, The Avengers, the two studios have passed along a press release confirming the same development to fans. They've also revealed their first "official" photo though it's just a tease of empty chairs for the actors. Check it out below along with the press announcement.



Set chairs for The Avengers heroes

Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios' highly anticipated movie "Marvel's The Avengers," directed by Joss Whedon ("Serenity") from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") as Thor, Chris Evans ("Captain America: The First Avenger") as Captain America, Jeremy Renner ("Thor," "The Hurt Locker") as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are Alright") as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson ("Iron Man 2") as Black Widow, Clark Gregg ("Iron Man," "Thor") as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, "Marvel's The Avengers" is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Marvel's The Avengers" is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, "Marvel's The Avengers" brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston ("Wallander") and Stellan Skarsgård ("Angels & Demons," "Mamma Mia!") who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios' feature "Thor."

"Marvel's The Avengers" is being produced by Marvel Studios' President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D'Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios' Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.

The creative production team also includes Oscar nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey ("Atonement"), production designer James Chinlund ("25th Hour"), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne ("Elizabeth: The Golden Age"), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs ("Iron Man 2," "The Matrix"), visual effects producer Susan Pickett ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2"), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell ("Superman Returns"), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick ("Iron Man," "War of the Worlds"). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell ("Collateral") and Jeffrey Ford ("Crazy Heart").

Marvel Studios most recently produced "Iron Man 2" which was released in theatres on May 7, 2010. The sequel to "Iron Man," starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the number one spot its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million. To date the film has earned over $620 million in worldwide box office receipts.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies, "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk." "Iron Man," in which Robert Downey, Jr. originally dons the super hero's powerful armor alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008 and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million its opening weekend and grossed over $571 million worldwide. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released "The Incredible Hulk" marking its second number one opener of that summer. The spectacular revival of the iconic green goliath grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office receipts.



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madmanic999 4/26/2011 5:14:43 PM

I know this picture is no big deal... but I am jacked for this.... even this little tease is a BIG DEAL!  Can't wait to see the epic throwdowns this movie brings... keeping my fingers crossed for the Avengers vs Hulk in the beginning!

Wiseguy 4/26/2011 5:44:04 PM

No way the HULK can get his ass in that chair

Dodgyb2001 4/26/2011 8:11:00 PM

Where are Black widow's/Hawkeye's chairs? Nick Fury's is probably stealthed... I'd have really liked to have seen Ms Marvel in this manfest as well.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/26/2011 8:29:30 PM

If you look right below the Hulk's chair there is a tiny chair that says Van Dyne.

violator14 4/26/2011 9:52:25 PM

So does this mean Hawkeye and the rest get stools?

FerretJohn 4/27/2011 3:50:06 AM

Everytime I think about the line-up for this I think Scarlet Witch instead of Black Widow, probably because Widow IS Scarlet.   Speaking of Scarlet Witch (though not necessarily specifically her) I'd like to see a second female on the team, one with actual powers preferable

Wiseguy 4/27/2011 7:22:07 AM

If not Wasp then Ms Marvel

ncatcollectible 4/27/2011 8:37:47 AM

isnt scarlett pregnant with sean penn's kid?

toran 4/27/2011 9:34:06 AM

It just occured to me. This film is not just a milestone in comic book history but also a milestone in film history as well. When has any movie studio introduced 11 characters in 5 different films with overlapping continuity which eventually dovetails into one film bringing together all 11characters?

Don't think there is any halfway point on this. It will either be a runaway hit or super bomb. But under Joss's care I vote the former.

(Grrrr.....Hate the waiting!)

PS  My only pet peev about the cast is the lack of William Hurt as Ross. Would have love him in there as continuaty from the Hulk film since Stark was talking to him at the end. And while we're on the subject, I think Edward Norton is going to regret bowing out on this film. This was the one time I think he should have found a way to put his ego in check. That said, I think Mark Rufallo will do fine.


toran 4/27/2011 9:40:55 AM

Wonder if that shot is from a set of some shield HQ (the Helicarrier perhaps)?

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