As Stan Lee would say, okay true believers, the day we’ve been waiting for is here. Well, the day we’re really waiting for is opening day in the theaters, but at least “Marvel Studios’ The Avengers” is in front of the cameras. Or at least that’s what its director, Joss Whedon has said on his own website. Whedon writes:
Hi Pumpkins, joss here.
Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that). Day one. That’s right. We’ll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:
[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss’s keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in “Stormy Monday”, drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]
Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I’ll be checking in from time to time, if there’s news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news — I have some very denty pillows to remind of that — but I may have tidbits. (They’re not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)
Some of you may be saying, Joss! Why this link, here, now, why, huh, howcum? My friend Allyx turned me on to these guys, and I’ll tell you, they’ve gotten me through this intensely pressurized, preply time. I strongly recommend checking out their other vids — I’ve watched them many many times, and I have a very special place for “Teamwork” in my heart. These guys are the guys. And IS there a better movie title than “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses”? I thought not.
So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I’m off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I’m pretty sure it’s about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I’ll get it. I’ve been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.
This also tends to tell us that the shooting that took place in Times Square over the weekend (and is continuing this evening) was indeed for “Captain America: The First Avenger” and not “Avengers.” As it appeared to have a contemporary setting and featured Samuel L. Jackson, who isn’t actually billed in “Captain America,” this is probably the post-end credits scene that’s now traditional in Marvel Studios movies.
“Thor” opens May 6th. “Captain America: The First Avenger” opens July 22nd. “The Avengers” is announced for May 4, 2012.