D23…..How I Love and Dispise You…

The other night I spent over 2 hours sitting at a pc and participating in a Marvel live blog as I read that they would have Avengers news at the end of D 23, Disney’s big annual expo.

I sat through Disney and Pixar news (Although I will say the new Muppet movie struck a chord with my inner child as I was a huge fan of The Muppet Show growing up) and waited impatiently.

I did spend the time interacting with other Marvel fans and the two Marvel reps at the event, Agent M and Strommy.

The moment finally came when Agent M typed out that “Get ready to do some assembling as The Avengers are up in a few minutes!”

I knew that there would be something very exciting and very important going on as Agent M announced that there was a media black out for the announcement. Agent M (major thanks and kudos to him) typed out everything that transpired as best he could. He noted that Kevin Fiege was speaking and announced that for those in attendance they were going to show some exclusive footage of the movie. I was estatic but also vbery upset as I realized I would not be able to see it. Here is a summary of the footage:

The footage begins with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) entering a big round cage with glass walls. Behind him doors with pneumatic locks seal behind him and we see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) walking over to a control panel. Fury says, “In case it’s unclear, if you try to escape, if you so much as scratch that glass…” Fury presses a button and a huge hole opens beneath the cell. Inside the hole you can see dark clouds and lightning – they are in the helicarrier. Nick Fury continues “that’s 30,000 feet straight down a stainless steel tube.” Never changing expression, Loki compliments Fury on his jail, calling it “an impressive cage” and recognizing that it wasn’t built for him. Loki stares into a security camera and we see the various members of the Avengers, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) watching him in various monitors. Fury responds that it’s built for something a lot stronger. Loki understands, saying “a mindless beast makes play he’s still a man,” referring to Hulk.

Fury then begins to admonish Loki for his crimes, accusing the villain of threatening the world with war, stealing incredible power and killing just for fun, adding that he’s “made [him] very desperate.” Loki then begins to talk about S.H.I.E.L.D’s plans for the tesseract, using it as a “warm glow for all of mankind” and says that it must burn Fury to be so close to real power. As he leaves, Fury says, “Let me know if the real power wants a magazine.” In the meeting room with all of the Avengers, Banner jokes, “He really grows on you.”

The scene then cuts to Fury in the meeting room at another point in the film, providing the details about the Avenger initiative. He talks about assembling a group of remarkable people ready to come together to fight battles that no one else could. A quick flashing montage show various battle scenes such as Thor hitting Captain America’s shield with Mjolnir and Iron Man and Cap engaged in hand to hand battle.

We then see Tony Stark pouring himself a drink behind a bar talking. “Let’s get a headcount,” he says. They have two assassins – quick clips of Hawkeye and Black Widow doing their thing – a demi-God – Thor rocking out with his hammer out – and a living legend who actually lives up to the legend – We see Cap looking at a locker with his new uniform – “and you, big fella, have managed to piss off all of them.” It’s revealed that Stark is talking to Loki, who responds to the billionaire’s threats by saying, “I have an army.” Stark quickly replies, “We have a Hulk.” The screen is filled with a huge, green face that lets out a giant roar. The title card shows up and the crowd goes nuts.

I am very, very excited about this footage for a few reasons. The first is that I truly love how Loki is being portrayed. The scene that is described about himlooking into the camer athat Banner is watching him on and stating that the cage he is in was meant for The Hulk is a thing of beauty. Loki should be portrayed as a manipulative and scheming villain who does possess great power but also uses whatever advantage he can muster to his side.

I was also very intrigued to read that Tony Stark confronts Loki on his own. This is a very surprising situation but one I think is going to be very interesting to say the least. The other tidbit that dropped from the expo was from an interview that Tom Hiddleston did in which he stated that Loki would fight each of the Avengers one on one in the film and he would use different tactics for each hero.

I can not express how excited I am for this movie and that May 4, 2012 can not come quick enough!!


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