Marvel’s The Avengers is currently sitting as the third highest grossing film of all-time, and is quite a ways away from overtaking the number 1 and 2 spots currently held by Avatar and Titanic. In fact, it would take a Herculean (or maybe even super-powered…) effort for the film to rise above its present rank – but sources indicate Marvel and Disney might be interested in taking a run at James Cameron’s box office juggernauts.
To that end, rumors indicate Disney and Marvel are mulling over the option of releasing a “director’s cut” of The Avengers later this summer with the hopes that some newly restored footage might ignite a second wind of ticket sales and propel the film to the top of the box office heap.
While this is purely speculation at this point – Marvel and Disney have remained mum on the topic – there is a very real possibility this could happen. Joss Whedon’s original cut of the film was reportedly just over three hours in length, meaning a restored version of the title would be adding roughly 35 minutes of previously unseen content. That seems like enough new material to get fans to pony up for more action.
While it remains to be seen if that restored footage will be enough to overtake Cameron’s films, there’s no arguing that a director’s cut will certainly pad the bottom line – anything else is just an added feather in the companies’ caps. Regardless, expect that extra footage to arrive on the DVD/Blu-ray this fall. [via SuperHeroAuthority]
New Marvel Animated Shows Revealed
Meanwhile, the aftershocks of The Avengers’ success aren’t only affecting the silver screen – the repercussions are being felt on television too.
Marvel executives Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb have recently unveiled plans not only for a second season of their wildly successful Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, but announced two new series: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
While neither of the new shows have a network home yet, given the success of the film and Marvel’s already popular animated programs, it’s only a matter of time.
Loeb says the Hulk series will focus not only on the Green Goliath, but several other Hulks from the comics as well – including She-Hulk, Red Hulk Skaar, and a newer blue Hulk named A-Bomb. Expect lots of rage and smashing when this series finally hits the air.
Details regarding Marvel’s Avengers Assemble are being kept quiet, but Loeb assures fans that the show will be different from Disney XD’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. For starters, this new series will feature Falcon.
Loeb did give fans an idea of what they’re aiming for with the series. “In the same kind of way that Ultimate Spider-Man pushed the boundaries in terms of a unique combination of 2D and CG and using top-flight writers and voice actors, that’s what we’re looking for.”
Sounds good to us. We’re still waiting for the day where Marvel and Disney collaborate with Pixar on some kind of superhero feature set in the Marvel universe – but in the meantime, we’re up for more television fare featuring some of the company’s greatest heroes.