“The Avengers” set photo roundup: Explosions, villains, and guns, oh my!

“The Avengers” set photo roundup: Explosions, villains, and guns, oh my! (photo)

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The Avengers may be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Comics universe, but here in the real world, they’re more like Earth’s Most Photographed Heroes.

Over the last few weeks, it feels like next summer’s two biggest films have been engaging in an unofficial media war, with photos and video from the set of both “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” finding their way online at a frantic pace. While we detailed some of the big reveals to occur in the Batman movie-verse last week, it’s now time to turn our attention to “The Avengers” for a roundup of the recent on-set coverage the film has received.

The “Avengers” set-photo shenanigans first kicked into high gear last week, when we got an explosive introduction to the Cleveland set of the film. The first batch of photos and video were light on the superheroes but heavy on the massive balls of flame and background actors running for their lives. (One of the video clips is posted below.)

That’s not to say the photos were completely devoid of superhero sightings, though, as Chris Evans popped up in a few shots sans Captain America uniform.

And while the first set of photos showcased some effects-driven explosions, the next set of shots from Cleveland created an online explosion of chatter about the film. While we won’t go into spoiler-filled detail, the images and video recorded around the film’s set prompted some serious speculation about the enemies that Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers must team up to fight.

These photos also included some new shots of Chris Evans in costume, battling the aforementioned bad guys in his new red, white, and blue suit.

Click through if you want all the spoiler-tastic details, but remember: you’ve been warned!

Finally, near the end of the week, we were back to the big explosions on the set of “The Avengers,” as new photos and footage revealed a military unit’s assault on unseen foes. With Clevelend playing the role of New York City in the film, it’s safe to assume that the Big Apple is going to take quite a beating when “The Avengers” hits theaters in 2012.

Of course, even with all of the recent reveals, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Joss Whedon’s upcoming film that puts all of the Marvel Studios superheroes on one screen. Late last week, we offered up a list of 10 questions we’re hoping to have answered in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster.

At the rate photos and video are finding their way online, though, it’s starting to look like we might not actually need to wait until 2012 to have our questions answered.

What have been some of the most interesting “Avengers” photos and video for you? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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