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Leading Up To THE AVENGERS Movie Debut, Marvel And AMC Will Bring Us One Of The Most Geektastic Days Ever!! + A Tantalizing IRON MAN 3 Tidbit??

Merrick here...

Joss Whedon's AVENGERS movie opens on May 4 in the U.S.  

On the day before...May 3...AMC and Marvel are teaming up to put all relevant introductory/pre-cursor films on-screen on one massive marathon: IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, IRON MAN 2, THOR (3D), and CAPtAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (3D) will all lead into a midnight debut of THE AVENGERS (also in 3D for these screenings).  

THIS piece at AMC's site offers a small list of theaters already confirmed to be hosting this marathon - on Friday March 16 the list will be expanded to include other venues.  Tickets for venues on this expanded list will go onsale on the 16th as well.  


In tangentially related new , the folks over at Latino Review have posted a video which appears to be a combination of informed conjecture and inside information about certain AVENGERS movies happenings that'll set up IRON MAN 3.  While LR seems to be reading between between the lines a bit here, everything they say sounds extremely plausible-to-probable.  Worth checking out...


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  • March 12, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Dobler

    ...and that's pretty sweet.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Was Avengers shot for 3D?

    by rev_skarekroe

    If it's a conversion I want to make sure and go to a 2D theater.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I'd never sit through all of that, but its a great idea

    by Kammich

    Great move by AMC and Marvel Studios. They damn well SHOULD be doing this, considering how much they've been building these properties into a culminating event for over 4 years now. I just don't have it in me, personally, to pay the dough and sit through those movies again. I would love to hop in a time machine and grab some geek off the floor of Comic Con 1976 and transport them back to 2012. "Hey, dude, you wanna go watch a marathon of movies about Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers?" The mere thought of it still kind of blows my mind. Even if "The Avengers" were to suck, I'd still have to give a lot of kudos to Marvel Studios for pulling off this coup.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by Richard

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  • March 12, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Avengers run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

    by The Garbage Man

    No alternate cut for DVD/Blu, the theatrical version is the director's cut, according to Whedon:

  • March 12, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Who Has Time For That?

    by Crow3711

    Like, literally. Who on earth has the time to waste an entire day watching 5 movies they've already seen (2 of which are basically complete crap) and then sit at midnight for yet another superhero movie. Any one who can waste an entire day on that should find a better way to contribute to the world. It's a cool idea and all...but that's an insane waste of time.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I think the Extremis arch is pretty lame

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Tony Stark controlling machines with his thought? Lame, lame, lame.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by Katet19

    I don't know if it was shot for 3D but I've found the only way to check out the 3D movies is if they are shown in IMAX. I caught the Avengers Trailer in 3D before John Carter and it looked tailor made for the format. BRIGHT with a ton of depth. That bit where the Hulk catches Iron man looked incredible. I've resolved never to see a 3D movie in a regular theater as almost every experience I've had outside of Beowulf and Tin Tin were dark blurry messes.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    That won't happen in Iron Man 3...

    by vettebro

    It's Hollywood folks. They won't be that creative. Don't set your expectations too high. It just makes the let down that much bigger.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Without viewing the clip I know that's *Extremis*

    by Autodidact

    Which is just lame... why does every comic book "saga" have to eventually involve the parents in the character's origin? And equally lame they keep "powering up" the characters until they're god-like. In this case Extremis is an interface between the Iron Man suit and every cell in Tony's body. Because apparently every cell in Tony's body is like a brain cell, and that's why he's so smart. Because his dad genetically engineered him that way. What a load of wank.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The Avengers was SHOT FOR TV... Not 3D

    by Nick

  • March 12, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Avengers is post-converted 3D

    by Rupee88

    So I'm seeing it in 2D theater for sure

  • March 12, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    2008 Incredible Hulk is so lame

    by Autodidact

    We need more data!

  • March 12, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Magic Kingdom for Sale / SOLD has its lead . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Steve Carrell.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Joss tried 3D with the post-credits for Thor...

    by FilmBuf82

    ...and he hated it. Instead of the usual 10 minutes between shot setups for 2D, shooting in 3D requires 45 minutes between shots, thus making it a long and tedious shooting schedule. Joss opted for 2D instead. Thor went for about 20 setups or so a day, if it was shot in 3D, it would have been even less.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Why not show the films, the correct way.

    by Nick

    Captian America (No Modern Ending), Iron Man... Iron Man 2... Incredible Hulk... Thor... then the Modern Ending for Captain America...

  • March 12, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    really hope Hulk/Ruffalo get spinoff

    by KelVarnson

    May be unlikely though because the 1st & 2nd Hulk movies didn't do well.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    autodidact, you are mixing up Extremis and Ultimate Iron Man

    by RandomName7

    Completely different stories. That was the whole premise of Ultimate Iron Man, that Tony Stark was some genetic accident as the result of some experiment and every cell in his body functioned as part of his brain but he was in constant pain because of it so his dad built the suit to protect him. Extremis was just Tony Stark being able to interface directly with machines and whatnot and if I recall correctly, rebuilding parts of his brain so he could think faster and handle all the data.

  • ...that means the Extremis will be in Iron Man 3? If that's all the evidence needed, get ready Merrick. I'm going to send it some 'plausible' inside-info links also. I always wanted a video link with a 100,000 hits it didn't deserve...

  • March 12, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    ...without resorting to porn, of course.

    by 3774

  • March 12, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    @kammich:My sentiments exactly

    by TheAwareness

    I wish my uncle were alive 2 see these films as well,he passed away in 1993 from a heart attack..he was a huge marvel fan ,Thor being his favorite.

  • March 12, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    NOTE -- This will be a NEW edit of Hulk!!!!

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    All scenes previously featuring Norton have simply been removed. The movie is now a brisk and ridiculous 17 minutes mess........of PURE GREEN action!

  • March 12, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Eddie_Dane

    Can we finally get him? we even have an alien connection now to use.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Must...resist...geek this.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I was just gonna get the DVD's I don't have and do the marathon at home a week before.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Well, it looks like Sherlock Holmes is played out for RDJ.

    by cookylamoo

    So he might as well should concentrate on his other franchise.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    If there is a Mandarin appearance...

    by solitaire

    I will pull for Cary-Hirouki Tagawa. That is literally the only guy I have ever been able to see in the part. As for Extremis...meh. I'd stick with the ultimates version, which is pretty much what marvel is doing with all these characters, in terms of looks if nothing else. Just let Downey Jr. have fun, that has worked thus far.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Latino guy looks much better with the mask on.

    by cookylamoo

    It's like canned geek.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    John Carter $30,000,0000 = box office bomb

    by ATARI

    I called it!<br>

  • March 12, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Lame, I want the demon in the bottle storyline.

    by Yamato

    I mean, you have Downy as Stark, how do you not do the alcoholic issues of Tony?

  • March 12, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I thought Incredible Hulk was very good.

    by Yamato

    And it did 135 million in the US, so it in fact did do well at the box office. I think it is a very underrated movie.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    atari - was it you that said 30 mil.? Yeah i guess you did call it.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • March 12, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Incredible Hulk

    by Eddie_Dane

    I liked it, but couldn't get over the Abomination's ears. I know it's dumb, but it just bothers me too much.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I'm not thrilled with the Extremis approach...

    by bubcus

  • March 12, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I could easily watch all these in 1 day.

    by art123guy

    I've watched the extended versions of LOTR, Band of Brothers (plus Saving Private Ryan), The Matrix (plus Animatix), Alien Quadrilogy, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. at home on a rainy day. I just take a break after each movie (or disc). But NO WAY could I watch them in a theater full of people. Too many distractions. Plus, I hate people.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Intersting idea

    by SminkyPinky

    Even though we still don't know for sure who the villains really are (aside from Loki). Oh, and $30m for John Carter? Fuck that domestic bollocks; what the hell is it with you Americans and your obsession with your own BO? Money is money, no matter where it's fucking earned. It's made $100m around the world in it's first weekend. Why people actually want a film to fail is beyond me. It's actually just sad and spiteful. And I'll not sit in a cinema for that amount of time for those movies. One a day leading up to the release is a far more sensible thing to do.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I seriously doubt the Extremis storyline.

    by Wcwlkr

    Plus I'm just hoping it's wrong. I thought Extremis was just kind of weak. I know a lot of fans loved it, but I was just like meh on it.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    If I had time I definitely would check out this marathon.

    by Wcwlkr

  • March 12, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I'm supremely pumped for the Avengers

    by Wcwlkr

    I may for the first time ever actually check out a Midnight screening.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Who has time for this? Someone really asked that on AICN?

    by Blanket-Man

    Um, isn't the Butt-Numb-A-Thon considered the Holy Something-or-Other of this site? For a Marvel Zombie like me - one with a 12-year-old son, yet! - this is Nirvana. The only monkey in the wrench is the idea of sitting through the last three flicks in 3D. My eyes might not be able to handle that...

  • March 12, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    RE: "Sherlock Holmes is played out for RDJ"

    by slone13

    What the hell are you talking about? Game of Shadows made half a BILLION dollars and they're already working on number 3.

  • March 12, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    My only problem is Incredible Hulk...

    by OldDickLemon

    Was the fact that the main "bad guy" was just an evil version of the protagonist. Did it in Iron Man, basically did it in Iron Man 2 (with Stark split in two with the Rourke and Rockwell characters), half heartedly did it in Spider-Man 3, etc. etc. It's a tired super-hero device. That said, I thought Norton was perfect, and I'm bugged as shit that he's not back. Mark Ruffalo is a passable indie actor, but he's no Ed Norton.

  • March 12, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Film version of Abomination was ASS.

    by Uncle Stan

    The morons should have stuck with Gil Kane's original design.

  • March 12, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Sloane 13 186 million is not "Half a Billion"

    by cookylamoo

    Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows probably cost that much to make

  • After the twin box office horrors of Ghost Rider - Marvel, & John Carter - Disney the joint Marvel/Disney movie The Avengers has an awful lot of work to do to make money. Disney will try and claw back as much money as possible from the avengers to plug the huge JC size hole in it's budget.

  • March 12, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes 2 made 186 mill in America, over half a billion worldwide.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    And the DVD and bluray sales still to go.

  • March 12, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    so does the entire $40 ticket go to the box office of AVENGERS

    by Robert Evans

    that seems like a sneaky way to boost sales.

  • March 12, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo RE: Game of Shadows $$

    by slone13

    As jaygarnham noted, Game of Shadows WORLDWIDE box office haul is currently at $521,965,173. Or, in layman's terms, over half a billion dollars. As he also noted, that includes not one dime from forthcoming DVD, bluray, cable rights, etc.

  • March 12, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't Iron Man 2 go before Hulk?

    by Ribbons

    I know Hulk came out first and I'm not trying to play super-nerd here, but Favreau and Feige were pretty vocal about the fact that Iron Man 2 takes place before The Incredible Hulk. So why play all the movies if you're going to play them out of order?

  • March 12, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Dude, back away from the camera...

    by fingerlickingood

    ...your face is more suited for radio

  • The camera spinning around all the characters.. That shot looks amazing in 3D. Looks janky in the 2D trailers.

  • March 12, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    technically HULK happens during IRON MAN 2

    by Robert Evans

    IM2 has news reports on the college melee

  • March 12, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by electraglide

    Another insular yank? Just asking...

  • March 12, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    'fingerlicking'- I think he's hot-

    by simpledao4

    so speak for yourself-

  • Horrible stuff. And not even factually correct, about the IM origin in the film. The Extremis stuff is horrible, too. Reminds me of everything I hate about today's self-serious comic book writing. Terrible concept, terribly written. I quite enjoyed the first IM film, which I still think is one of the best superhero films ever. Detested the second one, which was a complete train wreck. Get back to the spirit of the first one, and I'll keep following it.

  • March 12, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    really? This is where we're getting our news now?

    by oisin5199

    some guy in a new mask spouting off in front of his computer camera? Extremely dangerous = Extremis?! That's the evidence. Wow, what passes for journalism these days is sad. ALL of this is geeky fanboy speculation, not just the last part.

  • That sounds more like something Hank Pym would do.

  • Save this kind of foolishness for the comic books.

  • March 12, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    The triangle is ass

    by 2bitkubrick

    everyone knows this

  • March 12, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The Avengers IMAX 3D Trailer was fantastic, by the way.

    by tomandshell

    That's how I'll be seeing the film in May.

  • March 12, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    The Mandarin

    by grendel69

    Repeat after me... The Mandarin.

  • March 12, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Three 3D movies in a row?!

    by MooseMalloy

    I feel some lawsuits coming, shit maybe I'll give it a try.

  • March 12, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    They should hand out Nintendo 3DS to play between movies

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    So everybody will be crosseyed by the time the credits roll.

  • March 12, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    $40.00 too much

    by taff

    Pretty high price tag especially since Thor was really bad and Captain America was just okay. Wouldn't mind seeing Iron Man I & II in theaters again.

  • March 12, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Namor played by 'The Rock' would work

    by blueant

  • March 12, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    David! Supper time!" "MoOoOom, I'm busy talking to the geeks.

    by fanboy71

  • March 12, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    If NOT 3D I would do this in a heartbeat.

    by jimbojones123

    Stupid 3D.

  • IM, Thor, and Cap all have individual movies in the works now. So is this it for the foreseeable future? These guys? What about Doc Strange, or even Black Panther. I am rooting for the Avengers movie to really set the stage for a vast expansion of the Marvel Universe set to the silver screen!

  • Because honestly, if something that big were to go down in NYC (like we see in the Avengers)every superhero in a 150 mile radius would be there like white on rice. I know it is unlikely we would ever see the mouse house get back any of the Marvel characters that Sony or Fox now have. But it would be cool if they could figure out a way to all play nice in the same sandbox once and a while. A fight between Hulk and Wolverine. Spidy swinging in to save a family from falling alien debris, even a Human Torch flyby past Captain America. All cool and potentially profitable for all parties involved. But alas, also dreadfully unlikely!

  • March 12, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Extreme-Penis Arch was sad....

    by Afzal

  • March 12, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Holy Fuck.

    by vanchimera

    Now I know why I don't visit Latino Review. That guy is annoying as fuck.

  • March 13, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Why not show the films in chronological order?

    by TheSecondQuest

    Me and some friends are planning to do a similar marathon the week or so before Avengers comes out, but we'll watch them in order (Cap, IM1, IM2, Hulk, Thor) and be able to throw the two One-Shots from the BD's in there as well. Add tacos and pizza and it'll be fun. Not sure why they wouldn't show them in that order (or, if you want to argue the order and place Cap last, fine) this time around (unless they didn't want to alternate between 2D & 3D films?)

  • March 13, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    I Wanna See A ScarJo Black Widow Movie....

    by plisskenman

    It'll have to be better than that Halle Berry Catwoman Shit.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    @atari $100m+ worldwide on the 1st weekend is not a bomb!

    by marineboy

    Good word of mouth is working it's magic - the critcs called it wrong, people LIKE JC :)

  • So tired of explaining the blatantly obvious to people who don't know which hole their poop comes out of.

  • March 13, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    The order *I* would show them in...

    by Ribbons

    ...this IS verging on super-nerd territory a little bit, but if it were me I would go Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Hulk, Captain America. Thor and Hulk both take place around the same time, but since Iron Man 2 ends with the teaser to Thor I figure it makes more sense to follow it up with that one. Anyhoo.

  • Captain America does a good job setting up a lot of elements of the other 4 films if you watch it first. First off, you have Fury finding Cap, which sets up his line in IM1 well ("You think you're the only superhero in the world?"). Second, you set up the idea of Odin and Yggdrasil for Thor- plus the Cosmic Cube pops up in Thor's post-credits sequence, so it makes a nice bookend that way. Third, it sets up Papa Stark, which plays a lot into IM1 & IM2. As well as the Stark Expo, which ties into IM2 especially. Fourth, one can't help but wonder if the Arc Reactor tech Papa Stark developed was inspired by his studies of the Cosmic Cube, so you have a throughline there as well. Oh, and it sets up the Super Soldier program history for it's attempted resurrection in The Incredible Hulk. I intend to marathon in this order: -Captain America (without the post-credits sequence, since that will be in Avengers and, thus, probably takes place much later than the rest of Cap's modern scenes) -IM1 (with post-credits scene) -IM2 (without the post-credits scene, as that is all seen in Thor itself except for the final closeup of the hammer) -Incredible Hulk (since it overlaps with Iron man 2's timeframe; shown with the Stark scene (since the One-Shot doesn't show the whole scene)) -One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Thor's Hammer (ignoring the post-credits scene in IM2 makes this flow better) -Thor (with post-credits scene) -One Shot: The Consultant (this spans some time so it's harder to place perfectly- it's post-TIH, but during or after Thor (the diner and SHIELD Agent with Couslon) and since it's conclusion is AFTER the Hulk credits scene, I anchor it there). Then, maybe, if one is so inclined, include the post-credits Cap scene with the Avengers teaser.

  • March 14, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Watching them...

    by PhineasFlynn this: Cap'n America Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Rest of you knobs can suck it.

  • March 15, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by TheSecondQuest

    Would you be skipping the Stark scene in TIH then? Since that is set after he becomes "the consultant", which doesn't happen until the end of Iron Man 2? Cause otherwise, that order works fine (it's a shame that The Consultant One-Shot doesn't show the full scene (it cuts away before he says the "we're putting together a team...") otherwise that would solve that problem).