Our friends at Marvel have recently announced a new interactive experience where fans of the popular movie franchise can “become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline”.
S.TA.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for ‘Science Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network’. This offers the opportunity for Marvel fans of all ages to explore the workings and backstory of every original Avenger as they train to be an agent at S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The training allows the fans to have the opportunity to connect with and interact with props and characters from the films. Some of the highlights include:
Step inside the Thor observatory – dedicated to Thor Odinson, King of Asgard and son of Odin. Test your worthiness by attempting to lift Thor’s hammer, view Thor’s outfits, Mjolnir and study the universe and its current parameters using NASA’S eye on the exoplanets program.
Check out Captain America’s personnel file and explore the cutting-edge science that made Steve Rogers into Captain America.
Iron Man Engineering Bay – trainee agents have the chance to not only get up close and personal with Iron Man’s iconic suits of armour but also experience what simulated flight inside the suit would be like.
Ever wondered what Bruce Banners Lab looks like? Explore the Bio Lab transformation of Dr Banners superior brain as he morphs into The Hulk.
Honestly, having a go at flying one of Tony Stark’s suits? Count me in.
This London experience also includes never before seen displays on Black Panther, The Wasp and Thanos.
-You must arrive a couple of minutes ahead of your chosen timeslot.
-The booked timeslot is a 30 minutes window in which the experience will start and groups will enter every 10 minutes.
-The full main experience lasts around 70 minutes once you have entered. It is advised you allow 2 hours for your full experience.
-Location: This will all be located at the ExCeL in London, between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.
The biggest film of the year will take retailers by storm on 17th September 2012 when Marvel Avengers Assemble is released on Blu-ray and DVD. As well as giving fans the chance to enjoy the exhilarating action and the movie?s visually stunning special effects over and over again, Blu-ray audiences will also be treated to a host of behind-the-scenes insights and all new footage.
Coupled with box office takings that exceeded $1 billion globally after just 19 days ? making it the third biggest movie of all time globally ? Marvel Avengers Assemble is unquestionably a must own Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-order sales for the film?s Blu-ray and DVD release underline how hotly anticipated this release is, racking up enough sales in three days of pre-orders to put it on track to be the second biggest week one in pre-order sales ever in the UK.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition is the highly anticipated all-new short ? Marvel One Shot: ?ITEM 47.? The Avengers won the battle, but a few items were left behind…is the stark warning underlining this side story in which New York City is in ruins following the epic climax to Marvel?s Avengers Assemble. Certain alien technology has been left behind. S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered all but one?a Chitauri weapon, aka ?ITEM 47.? Fans will only be able to find out what happens after Benny (Jesse Bradford) and Claire (Lizzy Caplan), stumble across the elusive weapon by watching the thrilling short exclusively on Blu-ray.
Also, for the first time, Marvel shares scenes that never made it into the cinematic version of the movie and invites viewers to the very early stages of pre-production on the film ?Marvel Avengers Assemble?. Included in the 90 minute documentary ?Building A Dream: Assembling the Avengers? is never before seen footage from ?Iron Man? as well as fascinating insight from director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige on how they began creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe for what has been described as ?the smartest, wittiest, & most unapologetically entertaining comic-book adaptation of the modern era? (Kevin Maher ? The Times) and become one of the most anticipated and talked about movie events in the world.
Marvel Avengers Assemble brings together some of Marvel?s most loved and iconic superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsg?rd and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel Avengers Assemble is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series ?The Avengers,? first published in 1963 and a comic institution ever since.
Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
The appetite for Marvel Avengers Assemble is seemingly insatiable. In addition to smashing box office records Marvel?s official Facebook site is liked by over 4 million people, and the new Facebook game ?Marvel: Avengers Alliance? attracts over 1.2 million daily users. Sales of all consumer products ranging from action figure toys to adult apparel have exploded since the launch of the movie and is set to continue with with new additions to the range of existing products available and a new animated series of ?The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? set to premier this summer on Disney XD. Filming has just begun on Iron Man 3, which will be released in 2013.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is produced by Marvel Studios? President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D?Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.
Now that ?Avengers Assemble? has graced our screens, I thought it would be a good time to take a look again at one of the build-up movies, ?Thor?, starring Chris Hemsworth, as the golden-haired Norse god. There was a whole heap of hype leading up to the release of this Marvel movie, a lot of it around the fact that arch-thesp Kenneth Branagh was directing. Would it be a Shakespearean take on the classic comic character? How would Branagh cope with CGI and action? Could even Ken make such a ludicrous character work for a modern audience seeking realism and grittiness?
The answers came with a film that is almost, but not quite, a fantastic comic book film. Branagh brings us a truly other-worldly Asgard, complete with stuffed-shirt demi-Gods and full of pomp and splendour. Chock full of CGI and green-screen, surprisingly it is here that Ken does his best work. Everything from architecture to Odin is suffused with regal magnificence and a sense of its own self-importance. This is Shakespeare for the comic-book generation. Anthony Hopkins brings Odin to life with grandeur and pomposity. Yes, it is all very Over The Top, but this is a fictional world of Gods, it needs to be OTT.
Thor and his merry band of chums and sicophants defy daddy Odin?s orders and go have a fight with the Ice Giants. Odin takes offence at this and cancels Thor?s coronation as King, and banishes the naughty demi-god to Midgard aka Earth aka some dust-bowl town in America (cheap for filming purposes, one supposes). Here, our muscly man-mountain meets some lovely people, falls in love with Natalie Portman (well, who wouldn?t) and learns some important lessons (all in a matter of half an hour!). Meanwhile, Thor?s mischievous brother Loki (the excellent Tom Hiddleston) is being a very naughty chappie indeed back in Asgard. As Odin has fallen into the Odinsleep (aka useful plot device) Loki has claimed the throne and learned a secret about his past that has led him to go even more bonkers jealous crazy fruity-loops. He needs to get rid of his brother, so sends The Destroyer, an example of cutting-edge Asgardian CGI, to earth to kill Thor and, for no reason, destroy everything in the immediate vicinity (not that there is much?remember, we are in a small town in the desert?useful for cost-cutting!) And so Thor has to learn another lesson, step up and save the world?well, the town?well, the girl. Hmmm?
You can tell I am a little indifferent to Thor, can?t you? All the Asgard moments I love. I love the spectacle, the ridiculousness, the OTT-ness of it all. The colours are vibrant, the costumes are silly, the whole thing is a comic book brought to life. I love Loki and the rainbow bridge and the Ice Giants and the fighting. It is all stunning and FUN! But the earth-bound plot is so badly played, so mishandled, so utterly lacking in charm or wit or any feeling of relevance. Yes Natalie is lovely to look at, but she sleepwalks her way through the role. The bits with SHIELD are great, but only because they are precursors to the film we all wanted to see so much (Avengers, just in case you weren?t sure!) A pointless cameo by Hawkeye, and a hardly-there Agent Coulson don?t help make the Earth scenes, they are still in desperate need of heft and purpose. The final threat is all too easily resolved and really doesn?t feel all that threatening, considering it is supposed to be the ultimate Asgardian weapon. Where the film succeeds is in setting up the Loki/Thor relationship, and taking us one step closer to the Avengers. It also gives us a beautifully rendered and ?realistic? Asgard from which future films can and should be based. Thor is always at his best when he is in full-on Asgardian mode. We want epic battles, fantastical landscapes, larger-than-life foes and God-on-God action (but please, no Beta-Ray Bill!)
Back to the 3DBD release. The 3D works incredibly well in all of the Asgard scenes, adding wonderfully to the other-world nature of the environment. In the final stand-off between Thor and Loki the 3D really does make the difference, layering depth where the 2D version feels flat. During the Earth scenes the 3D appears flattened and wasted. This may be a result of the incredibly dull environment?there really isn?t much for the 3D lens to do! All in all, I would recommend the 3D version, just because of what it adds to the Asgard scenes, but the 2D version will suffice?this is not a must-have 3D film. The ?Limited 3D Edition? release comes with a 3D and 2D version plus a digital copy. Additional features include a commentary from Kenneth Branagh, a series of 7 featurettes plus a ?Road to the Avengers? item. Pretty good value for a pretty good film.
As part of the Avengers Cannon this is a must-see movie. Like Captain America, The Hulk and Iron Man 1 & 2, it sets the scene for the Avengers, the best action film of, well, a very long time. As a standalone film, it feels held-back and suffering from a lop-sidedness. Definitely worth watching, definitely entertaining, but also definitely dull in places. Like the first X-Men movie, we can hope this leads to a far superior second film in the franchise.
Koch Media are proud to announce the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Thor: Hammer of The Gods on April 16th.
Thor (Zachary Ty Bryan ? The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and his companions set out on a journey to discover foreign coasts, striving for fame and honor. But when a scout goes missing on a strange island, the search party meet the terrified inhabitants of the land, terrorised by wild beasts.
Thor begins to have recurring dreams, telling him to start a quest for the Hammer of the Gods ? a mighty weapon that can save the island.
GARY OLDMAN WINS BEST ACTOR AWARD AS TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY DOMINATES
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 SCOOPS BEST FILM
AND BEST DIRECTOR
THE INBETWEENERS WINS BEST COMEDY
Stars of the film world gathered on Sunday 25th March to celebrate the Jameson Empire Awards 2012 and to witness what has been an outstanding success for British film and British acting talent.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy dominated the awards, winning Best Thriller, Best British Film and Best Actor for Gary Oldman; closely followed by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows ? Part 2 which was awarded Best Director for David Yates and Best Film. The night also saw Kenneth Branagh?s Thor win Best Sci-Fi, Ben Palmer?s The Inbetweeners win Best Comedy and Ben Wheatley?s Kill List win Best Horror.
Further to Gary Oldman?s deserving win, British actors continued to lead the awards with Olivia Colman winning Best Actress for her role in Paddy Considine?s Tyrannosaur, Michael Fassbender won the Empire Hero award and two of Britain?s rising stars won Best Newcomer – Tom Hiddleston for Thor and Felicity Jones for Like Crazy. Tim Burton was honoured with the Empire Legend award.
Steven Spielberg?s The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn shook off competition from Hugo, Harry Potter, Transformers and Thor to win The Art of 3D award and Ron Howard was honoured with the Empire Inspiration award.
This year aspiring film makers from around the world flooded the popular amateur filmmaking award Done In 60 Seconds with their entries and the finalists include fantastic one-minute reprisals of films such as War Horse, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and The King?s Speech. However, there can only be one winner, and the judging panel, which included award-winning British actor and comedian, Chris O?Dowd, presenter Alex Zane, film director Gareth Edwards and Empire Editor Mark Dinning awarded the prize to Indira Suleimenova for Black Swan.
The Jameson Empire Awards are held after the industry voted events and are one of the only film awards to be voted for entirely by the public. Held at Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted for the first time by Lauren Laverne and Empire?s Chris Hewitt, stars in attendance included Gary Oldman, Danny De Vito, Agyness Deyn, Berenice Marlohe, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Harry Hill and Michael Fassbender.
Mark Dinning, Empire?s Editor, said: ?British movies have ruled the world in the past year, and we are delighted to see them rule the roost here tonight, too. The readers of Empire are the smartest academy out there and this year they have picked the very best winners from a terrific 12 months. With the Olympics and Euro 2012 just around the corner, our homegrown movie heroes have tonight kicked off a year we hope is packed with British triumph.??
X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are to appear on a panel at the next MCM Expo London Comic Con, which takes place at ExCel London on 27-29 May, show organisers have announced.
A prequel to the popular superhero franchise from Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox, X-Men: First Class focuses on the relationship between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
Miller and Stentz also collaborated on the screenplay of another soon-to-be released comic book film, Thor, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, as well as sharing writing and production credits on hit sci-fi shows such as Fringe, Andromeda and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
?We?re delighted that Ashley and Zack will be part of our X-Men: First Class panel,? said MCM Expo co-organiser Bryan Cooney. ?As London?s Comic Con we play host to tens of thousands of comic book and film fans, so to have the writers of two of the biggest superhero movies of 2011 at the show is perfect.?
?Only last week we announced much-anticipated action-adventure Green Lantern as the MCM Expo?s official title sponsor, and the addition of two such talented writers helps ensure that this May?s show will be one to remember.?