Been a busy few days on "The Avengers" front with a lot of news morsels dropping all over. Joss Whedon has recently done early interviews ahead of the release of "Cabin in the Woods" in mid-April and used the opportunity to speak quite extensively about the superhero mashup.
He tells Collider that his earliest rough cut of the film clocked in at three hours but he's trimmed that down to a 2hr 15min version he's said to be happy with. "In a TV show, you can bring your baggage and sort of lay it out because you have a season to do it, but in a movie you actually have to remove yourself from the equation a bit and when I was finally able to do that, I saw a much clearer road to how to get the best experience for the audience" he says.
Don't expect a Director's Cut with any of those scenes, though we'll hopefully see some of those cut scenes on the disc release - "I believe very strongly in putting the director’s cut into the theaters. I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience… I think people get to see a lot of extraordinary extras because I did shoot a bunch of stuff that I love, but the movie is the movie I want it to be."
As for Loki's alien army in the film, Whedon once again denied they are either the Kree or the Skrulls - "It is not the Kree or the Skrulls… Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories. They have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars."
Next up, AMC Theaters has announced a movie marathon event set to take place May 3rd in select cinemas in North America. Starting from 11:30am, 'The Ultimate Marvel Marathon' will consist of back-to-back screenings of "Iron Man," 'The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America: The First Avenger" all leading up to and including a midnight opening screening of "The Avengers". Details of cinemas involved will be released on Friday.
Thirdly, several new character posters from the film have gone online and can be seen at CBM.
Last, but not least, Latino Review has posted a scoop claiming to have found a link as to how events in "The Avengers" will impact the upcoming third "Iron Man" film.
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According to their scooper, Captain America is responsible for placing an idea in the head of Tony Stark - nanobots. The third 'Iron' would therefore adapt elements from Warren Ellis' acclaimed "Extremis" mini-series in which the title refers to a programmable military nanotechnology serum, an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum, and one which grants Stark extraordinary powers.
The comic itself was something of a reboot of the title, introducing a new origin story for the character which also heavily influenced the one seen in the first "Iron Man" film.