Review and Analysis
Avengers # Cover Art
Avengers Vol. 1, #1
Title: “The Coming of the Avengers”
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Cover Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Inks: Dick Ayers
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Super-Villains: Loki and his ally, a Troll of the Isle of Silence
Supporting Characters: Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade, Jane Foster (Cameo)
The Avengers (as a team)
The Troll of the Isle of Silence
Significance of Avengers #1:
–This issue featured the origin and first appearance of the Avengers as a superhero team
–Rick Jones plays a hand in the formation of the Avengers. He will play a significant role in the history of the Avengers, as well as of the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel
–Loki appears as the first Avengers villian
Avengers # 1 Story Synopsis:
Loki, the evil half-brother of Thor, previously exiled to the Isle of Silence by Thor, wiles away his imprisonment devising plots with which to get revenge on the God of Thunder. Using his powers….Read the rest of the Synopsis and the Analysis of Avengers #1 HERE
Loki Plots Revenge from the Isle of Silence in the splash page from Avengers # 1
The two commercials shown on the Superbowl broadcast for Marvel Comics upcoming Thor and Captain America movies failed to impress this Marvel comics fan. While true comics and superhero aficionados like myself and likely readers of this post (True Believers, in the words of Stan “the Man” Lee) no doubt will flock to the theaters to see these movies, the casual fan, or the football fan who saw the ads today, were left with a big “Huh?” feeling if they saw these quick and short Marvel Movie ads.
As a big fan of the Avengers, and of Captain America and Thor in particular, I eagerly awaited my first “official” look at the movie trailers. What I saw on Superbowl Sunday left me worried about Marvel’s (er, I mean Disney’s) marketing people, and whether or not they understand how to make an ad that will draw in non-comic geeks. The Thor advertisement was way too short, too quick, with scenes that flew by with the speed of Mjolnir itself. That is good if you are looking to smack Loki upside the head, but did not provide any depth, information, or plotlines to the fan who may not already be into the Marvel Thor mythos.
The Captain America ad was slightly better, a bit more understandable, but again, the scenes flew by like a red, white, and blue spinning shield. I think I caught a glimpse of the Red Skull, but it could have just been a guy who laid out in the sun too long. Again, anyone not overly familiar with Cap the character, may think his actual name is Avenger, not Captain America. His actual name was shown for .25 nanoseconds (Quicksilver sneezes slower than that!), and again, it leaves far too little information in the minds or the retinas of the football fans who saw the ad. On the good side, football fans (I am one, after all), do generally like movies with explosions and guns, and the ad did show some of that type of action. The best look at Cap’s famous shield did so sans red, white, and blue colors or the famous Cap star. Come on!
For more info on Thor and Captain America, check out http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/thor_god_of_thunder.htm
Here is the trailer for the upcoming Thor Movie, which is due for release in May, 2011. The trailer was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, 2010. As a fan, I must say, the preview looks GOOD! For those of you who want a big-screen hint of what is to come, the very last scene (after the credits), in the Iron Man 2 movie is a teaser scene of Thor’s hammer as found by SHIELD agents in the New Mexico desert.
which premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con in July,
Marvel announced the official casting lineup for the upcoming Avengers movie at the San Diego Comic-Con. The cast includes:
Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) , Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Some fans are not happy that Ed Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner in the last Hulk Movie is not included, and the fact that Chris Evans is cast as Captain America. Evans is best known to comics fans as the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four movies.
Also presented in public for the first time, was the Destroyer, a villain in the upcoming Thor movie, as well as the helmets worn by Thor, Loki, and Odin in the movie.
More images released in anticipation of the San Diego Comic Con from the upcoming Thor move:
Photos from the upcoming Thor movie are now available, and a Thor preview is expected at the San Diego Comic Con.