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.