The Avengers is no joke. The theatrical film has broken all kinds of box office records and continues to be the embodiment of comic book fandom all throughout the country. So it is no surprise that a video game is being rushed out the door. Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth will be available for the Xbox 360 Kinect as well as, yes, the brand new Wii U, in the fall.
If you stayed around after some of the credits rolled when you saw the Avengers flick that opened last week, you would've seen those odd creatures floating in space talking about attacking Earth again. Clearly, the sequel was already planned when the original movie was launched. Disney's Bob Iger has confirmed that the Avengers sequel is in development right now.
In case you hadn't heard, The Avengers crushed box office records this weekend to take home more than $200 million domestic for Disney and Marvel Comics. But if you're not part of the Internet's seedy underbelly, you probably didn't know that a pirated version of the superhero team-up movie appeared on BitTorrent networks a full week before the May 4th release. Even with a massive amount of illegal downloading, The Avengers assembled to crush the popular wisdom of piracy opponents.
A company called Infothink has made like Director Fury and has assembled the Avengers in flash drive form. The company is offering five different flash drives for several of the major characters in the new Avengers flick. There flash is available for Ironman, Captain America, Thor, and The Hulk. There's also a silver Ironman mask that appears to be for War Machine.
Usually when a big blockbuster movie is due out in a couple weeks, especially if it's one aimed at kids or teens, it means you should be able to go to the local video game store and pick up the video game version of the flick. That's been the case with many Marvel films in the last few years. But The Avengers is so big, it doesn't have an official video game tie-in. But that doesn't mean you won't be seeing this movie represented on the shelves of GameStop.
After much buildup including FOUR feature-length individual movies for each of the heroes included in this supergroup of a movie, May 2012's Marvel Comics' The Avengers has its first real trailer. And before you comic book maniacs have a heart attack reminding the world that The Hulk is included in this movie aside those three heroes with the four movies mentioned in the first sentence, know here that not only is this the start of a different storyline for the big green goliath, there's ANOTHER new actor in Bruce Banner's role. Mark Ruffalo as Banner though should be the least of your excitement here, blasts of fire, the hoary hammer of the gods, red white and blue punches of fury and Black Sabbath throughout should sent your hair straight upwards.
It has become something of an honor for a movie to be turned into a pixelated rendition of its normal self, and we have seen many examples of this in the past thanks to the folks at CineFix. The Matrix, The Avengers, and many (many) more have been given an 8-bit makeover, some of them in the style of classic video games, others as merely classics-inspired truncated versions of the movies themselves. Joining them all is Guardians of the Galaxy.
This upcoming LEGO-filled year is going to be filled with some really, really strange sets. The January - June catalog (the German version) for LEGO has been released and it's packed with Avengers: Age of Ultron, new DC and Marvel Comics sets, and Star Wars. Don't expect to see any Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets quite yet as the film is set to be released in December, but feel free to get pumped about the inordinate amount of Stormtroopers coming in multiple sets in the first quarter of the year.
Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief and president of Marvel Comics, seems to have just hinted that the higher-ups at several of the world's largest movie studios are at least considering a giant cross-over feature with some of the most popular comic book properties. At a special interview and Q&A session this weekend to celebrate Marvel's 75th anniversary, a fan asked if there would ever be a movie with the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the X-Men together. Judging by Lee's response, it appears fans aren't the only ones who realize how awesome that would be.
It's almost time - Kingdom Hearts 3 is nearly upon us. The co-director and game designer of both Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5 HD remasters AND Kingdom Hearts 3 Tai Yasue has spoken on the future. This future may very well have Disney characters (guaranteed, as in previous releases), as well as Marvel Comics characters AND Star Wars characters. Yasue suggested this week that while he couldn't "go into specifics," that since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2 was released 9 years ago, and Disney acquired both Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics, "nothing's off limits."