May 03, 2013 | 4:24 p.m.
Iron Man is back in the multiplex in a big way this weekend with “Iron Man 3,” but the character also features prominently in “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” a new animated series set to premiere July 7 on the Marvel Universe block on Disney XD, with a special one-hour sneak preview on May 26. Hero Complex is bringing you a new look at the team. The heroic lineup, which also includes Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow, is the same as the Avengers who assembled for Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster, with the notable inclusion of one of Captain America’s oldest friends and partners, the Falcon. A previous series, “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” offered glimpses of numerous Marvel characters, but “Avengers Assemble” marks the first time this lineup has appeared on a television show. The series stars Adrian Pasdar […]
March 13, 2013 | 5:51 p.m.
Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, along with other live shows such as Disney on Ice, is teaming up with Marvel Entertainment to produce a live arena show featuring Marvel characters. It’s the latest in a series of new ventures for the company that created the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Hulk, including two upcoming animated series, a Web series and a new digital comics platform. An arena or stage show featuring comic-book characters has been done — witness last year’s ‘Batman Live’ and the accident-prone “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — but Kenneth Feld, CEO of Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, believes that his company’s experience with these types of acrobatic shows could make the difference. “What [the 'Spider-Man' Broadway show] tried to do was new for them, but it’s the stuff we […]
March 08, 2013 | 8:04 a.m.
Mark Ruffalo has been addressing rumors — and the clamoring of Hulk fans — about the possibility of a standalone movie featuring the Hulk. Not now, he says. Ruffalo went the Twitter route to dispel rumors that he would be the focus of a new film. He sent a series of tweets Thursday. First, he said: “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.” He followed that with: “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.” He clarified that even further a bit later — notice the time on this, 1:37 a.m. Friday. This is the kind of thing that keeps […]
May 29, 2012 | 12:08 p.m.
“The Avengers” is a monster smash and one key reason is the smashing monster in the middle of all the action. It’s been an incredible month for the Marvel Studios film that is now No. 4 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time (the worldwide total is now north of $1.3 billion) and will soon pass “The Dark Knight” as the biggest comic book adaptation film in U.S. history. The big green success of “The Avengers” comes at a golden moment: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the character’s first appearance in the pages of Marvel Comics. To learn more about the Hulk’s history, flip through the photo gallery above but be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option. The Hulk in this film (as realized by actor Mark Ruffalo, writer-director Joss Whedon and the film’s visual effects team) is the one […]
May 10, 2012 | 1:40 p.m.
This story contains spoilers about “The Avengers” and previously released Marvel films. When word got out in 2010 that Mark Ruffalo had been cast as Bruce Banner and his big, green alter ego the Hulk in “The Avengers,” many fans of the franchise were furious. They took to the message boards, touting the merits of Edward Norton’s performance in 2008′s “The Incredible Hulk” and decrying the decision to cast a different actor in “The Avengers,” which would finally unite Marvel’s superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Ruffalo — best known for off-the-beaten-path movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and 2010′s critical darling “The Kids Are All Right” — had been unsure of his decision to accept the role in the action-packed flick. But he said the fan outrage was exactly the motivation he needed. “I […]
Feb. 29, 2012 | 1:10 p.m.
A new trailer for “The Avengers” is out, revealing more explosions, high-flying villains and a call-to-arms for Marvel’s wonder-team of superheroes. “The Avengers,” directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk (each of whom found some measure of success with his own summer blockbuster in recent years) and adds a few more comics pages stars — Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury — who have made appearances in Marvel films but have yet to enjoy headlining their own big-screen adaptations. The new trailer begins with an “Inception”-like bass drone and views of a devastated city being fire-bombed as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) delivers a dramatic voice-over: “War has started. And we are hopelessly outgunned.” Then, one by one, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) […]
July 27, 2011 | 6:03 a.m.
The Hulk will appear in his third feature film next year when Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo gets green in Joss Whedon’s ”The Avengers.” On Sunday, at the final day of Comic-Con International, fans got their first sense of the character’s new visage thanks to a Marvel promotional poster that depicts both the angry giant as well as Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, shown in sad silhouette. I caught up with Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and producer of “The Avengers,” to talk about the new green movement. GB: Will we see anything substantially different in the visual realization of the Hulk? KF: Well, I don’t know about substantially different. It will be as different as ”The Incredible Hulk” was from Ang Lee’s “Hulk” in terms of its look and design, but it is Hulk. The image we released on the last day of Comic-Con — which got a tremendous […]
Jan. 27, 2011 | 4:00 a.m.
It’s noon on a Wednesday and inside a Canoga Park soundstage, the latest film to star Marvel Comics’ storied character the Hulk is hours behind schedule. Crucial sets still aren’t finished – including the all-important gamma ray chamber — there’s an unforeseen problem with the Hulk’s makeup and the production needs to be out of the space by the following day. Despite these complications, producer Shylar Cobi takes it all in stride. “Typical porno,” he says with a shrug. No, this isn’t a companion project to director Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk” or Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers,” this is “The Incredible Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody,” the latest production from the SuperXXXHeroes brand of comic-book-related porn parodies produced by adult-video powerhouse Vivid Entertainment. Instead of looking to the recent films starring Eric Bana and Ed Norton, “Hulk XXX” draws its inspiration from […]
Jan. 10, 2011 | 3:28 p.m.
ABC’s entertainment chief says he would love to have Marvel characters on the network, with Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones among the front-runners. ABC executive Paul Lee said Monday that he’s “thrilled” to have Marvel Entertainment in the family, a reference to The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of the comic book giant. The 2009 deal gave Disney ownership of a bevy of Marvel characters. It’s easier to launch a known project, Lee said, but what distinguishes a show is the executive producer. He noted that movie writer-director Guillermo del Toro of “Hellboy” fame is working on the Incredible Hulk pilot. – Associated Press RECENT AND RELATED Dunst: The new Spidey cast has “lot to live up to” The new Hulk: Mark Ruffalo speaks Branagh hammers away at nasty “Thor” rumors Raimi: “I would have done everything differently” Is Kraven the […]
July 25, 2010 | 2:55 a.m.
Mark Ruffaloleads Marvel‘s latest green movement by taking on the role of Bruce Banner and the Hulk for “The Avengers.” Backstage, before making his public debut in the role, Ruffalo seemed dazed and enthused. “It’s like ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ a new actor gets a crack at it every year,” Ruffalo said with a chuckle. “But really it’s all heady stuff. It’s exciting to be here. It’s great to be a part of all this.” Look for more coverage from the Marvel panel and Hall H later tonight. – Geoff Boucher Photo: Mark Ruffalo arrives at “The Kids Are All Right” premiere in New York on June 30, 2010. Credit: Lily Bowers / Reuters. RECENT AND RELATED PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from Comic-Con 2010 Stallone, locked and loaded in “old school way” Joss + J.J = Nerdvana! […]