And so it begins. With nearly a year separating us before Marvel Studios and Walt Disney unleash The Avengers into theaters across the globe, director Joss Whedon has revealed via his official blog that production will begin filming today. Here's what he had to say on the launch of the highly-anticipated team-up of Marvel's superheroes.
Hi Pumpkins, joss here.
Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I'm legally permitted to say that). Day one. That's right. We'll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:
[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]
Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I'll be checking in from time to time, if there's news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news -- I have some very denty pillows to remind of that -- but I may have tidbits. (They're not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)...
...So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I'm off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I'm pretty sure it's about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I'll get it. I've been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.
The action adventure will star Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D agent Phil Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill). Director Joss Whedon is at the helm, based on a screenplay he wrote with Zak Penn.
The Avengers strikes down theaters May 4, 2012.