John Gholson is a life-long Avengers fanboy who has previously covered all manner of superhero news at AOL. After dabbling with comic book self-publishing in the '90s, John moved on to study sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and currently produces a regular web comic, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ for Tapsauce.com. You can read hisSpider-Man Countdown here at Movies.com once a month.
Well, here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The Avengers opens in theaters tomorrow, and we’ve been right here covering every bit of news and then some. I thought it would be fun to provide a complete list of all the Countdown articles that have led us to this point, and, because they’re not all steeped in the news of the moment they were written, they should provide a little distraction while you’re waiting in line to get your seats at the multiplex.
If you’ve enjoyed the Countdown, I’d like to personally thank you. I’ll still be covering Marvel news and more for Movies.com, and you can always find me on twitter (@gholson). I would also ask that you take a second to read about the Hero Initiative - a charity that takes care of comic book professionals in need. It’s a tough business, and Avengers co-creator Jack Kirby would certainly be able to attest to that if he were still with us. As it is, Marvel and Disney stand to make billions from the film, while the Kirby heirs remain largely shut out from that money through archaic work-for-hire contracts. Remember, your favorite comic book heroes were created by individuals, not mega-corporations. Please, show those individuals that their work means something to you.
Look for my full review of the film tomorrow. Thanks for reading!
Frequently Asked Questions About Marvel’s Biggest Film Yet (5/26) - In the first installment of the Countdown, I run down some very basic facts for those interested in the movie but with no real knowledge of the comic book universe that spawned it.
When Is a Spoiler Not a Spoiler? (6/13) - Next week, after everyone has seen The Avengers, this news will be the worst-kept secret ever. In hindsight, the spoiler in question (which I don’t reveal in the article) is a spoiler after all. But the real reason to go back and look at this piece is the awesome Hawkeye custom figure that offers an excellent take on how the character’s unusual superhero costume could’ve translated just fine to the big screen.
Is Marvel Already Planning for Avengers 2? (6/27) - The constant discussion of solo films for Ant-Man, Luke Cage, and Dr, Strange lead me to speculate that Marvel is looking at the long-term for the Avengers franchise, setting the precedent for some of these characters up with the New Avengers comic book.
Your Guide to Captain America on Film (7/11) - A look back at Cap’s long cinematic history, starting with his first onscreen appearance in serials from 1944, all the way through to his big-budget 2011 blockbuster.
Top Five Comic-Con Announcements and More! (7/25) - There were quite a few big pieces of news for comic fans coming out of SDCC ‘11, and the official release of the Avengers movie character posters, but the real reason to go back to this piece is for the comparison review between Albert Pyun and Joe Johnston’s Captain America films.
Let’s Get More Women in The Avengers 2 (8/8) - Out of all the Countdowns, this is probably the one I’m the most proud of. My hope is still that the second film will get beefed up with some of the stalwart female team members. There’s a lot of fan casting in here, and I’d still like to see Whedon work with any of these women (particularly Emma Stone as the Wasp).
D23 Footage Hypes the Hulk (8/22) - Seems that Whedon knew early on that Hulk would end up being a fan favorite in the movie. In this early preview at D23, Hulk got the best tease and the biggest audience reaction. I was still speculating at this point how the Hulk would fit in with the team. Turns out, he does so surprisingly well.
Is Marvel Ditching the Skrull? (9/5) - There was a lot of unnecessary back and forth over whether or not the Skrull were actually going to be the villains in The Avengers. It’s no secret by now that it ended up not being the Skrull, which makes sense as the aliens in the film are basically faceless cannon fodder anyway, possibly saving the Skrulls for something more important later.
Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers Continues Mighty Marvel Tradition (9/19) - I reviewed the DVD of the Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers motion comic and shared a snippet of footage from a canceled Avengers video game.
Marvel Makes Post-’Avengers’ Plans (10/4) - Marvel announced their first films outside of the Avengers’ circle of sequels. They’re planning to shoot movies based on The Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy, expanding their cinematic universe to the more cosmic corners of the Marvel U.
Marvel Talks Avengers 2 and More Big News from NYCC (10/17) - The biggest news coming out of New York Comic Con was the official confirmation of Avengers 2 by Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige. Other announcements included X-Men leader Storm being added to the roster in the Avengers comic book and that Marvel was going to publish a new monthly title (Avengers Assemble) that would have the same roster that appears in the movie. I also reviewed Shout Factory’s DVD release of the two Captain America telefilms from the 1970s.
It’s a Mighty Marvel Monster Mash! (10/31) - Just in time for Halloween, I covered the coolest, creepiest stories from Avengers history, including the time Thor fought Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Strange erased all vampires from existence, and Captain America was turned into a werewolf.
Does Joss Whedon Understand 3-D? (12/26) - Now that I’ve seen the film, I can say with confidence that Avengers has the best use of 3-D of any Marvel production. Back in December, however, Joss Whedon was saying some things that cast some doubt on whether or not the 3-D would be worth its ticket upcharge.
Remembering the Avengers that Almost Were (1/23) - A look back at an Avengers team with an alternate cast that almost happened. We might have ended up with Tom Cruise, Alexander Skarsgard, John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt as our superheroes instead of Robert Downey Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson.
What New Villains Should We See in Avengers 2? (2/20) - If you’ve seen The Avengers by now, then the answer to this question is a little more obvious. However, if you’ve ever wanted a quick primer on Avengers’ foes, like Ultron and Kang, this is a good place to start.
Avengers Vs. Dark Knight Rises Continues Marvel Vs. DC Tradition (3/19) - This is a fun look back at all the moments when characters from the Avengers film have crossed-over with DC’s stable of heroes, including Batman Versus the Hulk and the landmark Avengers/JLA mini-series.
How Did We Get to an Avengers Movie? (4/16) - I take issue with Mark Millar’s assertion that he single-handled saved the Avengers from total obscurity, and that he’s the man responsible for the film. The Ultimates was definitely a hit and an inspiration, but he’s not the only creator to have some success with the Avengers during the last decade or two.
Will Spider-Man Ever Be an Avenger? (4/30) - Okay, technically, this is not an Avengers Countdown post, but the tie-in here is obvious, especially since it was so heavily rumored that Spider-Man just might have a cameo in the film.
How to Prepare for The Avengers, from Pajama Pants to Hulk Cologne (5/1) - This is the single best Avengers merchandise guide ever created, if I may be so humble, if only for the inclusion of the hideous camouflage Avengers trucker’s cap.
When We Last Saw Our Heroes... (5/2) - A perfect refresher for anyone trying to remember exactly where the heroes left off before assembling for their new movie as a team.
The Avengers, a Joss Whedon film, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth. There is 1 day until release.