'Avengers' Sneak Peek Officially Debuting At D23 Expo
Marvel Studios largely sat out San Diego Comic-Con last month, declining to deliver a major Hall H presentation as in years past. The speculation was the studio would hold back its superhero goods -- and the"Avengers" footage director Joss Whedonhas been capturing since the spring -- until D23 Expo, Disney's behind-the-scenes exhibition of what the mouse house has in its creative pipeline.
On Tuesday (August 9), that speculation proved to be accurate, as Disney announced "The Avengers" would officially be assembling at D23 when it hits the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21. The studio's press release didn't contain much further information about what (and who) will be part of the "Avengers" presentation, other than the vague promise of "cast members from Marvel's 'The Avengers.' " But Whedon told us at SDCC that what made it into the teaser trailer during the "Captain America" end credits was shot in the first few weeks of production, so presumably the filmmaker now has a hefty editing bay worth of superhero footage.
After the jump, check out an excerpt from the press release with the lineup of what to expect at this year's D23.
BURBANK, Calif. – August 9, 2011 – Exclusively at Disney’s D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney film fans will go behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks and exhibits.
On Saturday, August 20, Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, will present a not-to-be-missed look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate, which includes Disney’s The Muppets, John Carter, Disney•Pixar’s Brave, Marvel’s The Avengers, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful and more.
With projects from Disney, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios, this special presentation will feature never-before-seen footage and all-star appearances by Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy (Disney’s The Muppets), Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd (Brave), Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph), cast members from Marvel’s The Avengers and other surprise guests.
'Avengers' Shoot In Cleveland Unleashes Explosive Battles
If you’re all about “The Avengers,” then Cleveland is the place to be. The Ohio city is now where the superhero flick is being filmed, and word is that a big battle will be shot here. Odds are it will be the biggest battle of the film and appear toward the end.
Midwest Movie Maker has the goods, and while a friend of the writer works as an extra, nothing super secret is revealed because the extra is keeping tightlipped. As disappointing as that may sound to readers, it’s the honest thing to do. The site does give us some other information, like the fact that rehearsals have already been going on, getting the actors ready for Monday's scheduled start date.
The extra reported that Joss Whedon is a friendly guy and most, if not all, of the main actors are already in Cleveland. That means residents may get to see movie stars walking around their streets between shots. What might be the most interesting part, though, is the promise of the big battle.
A movie like this is guaranteed to have a big battle, but now it seems we can pinpoint it to Cleveland, so it ought to be especially fun to watch filming there. Apparently there will be lots of explosions in the downtown area, where quite a bit of the superhero action is happening.
'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon: Why Heroes Keep Him Up At Night
It's simply impossible for me to write about Joss Whedon without gushing. He's just so darn likable. And brilliant. And a fellow ginger, so our bond is unbreakable there. I promise to continue gushing about him even if "The Avengers" does not meet the exceedingly high expectations set out for it (which it WILL. I have faith!).
When MTV News caught up with Whedon at Entertainment Weekly's star-studded San Diego Comic-Con party, he revealed his undying love for a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and that when it comes to progress on the mountain that is the "Avengers" shoot, he is on the descent (albeit lost and missing toes, he joked).
"I'm grateful everyday to be with those guys, especially Clark Gregg. That guy, man crush! But I'm keeping it under control," Whedon said, adding of the actor's expanded screen time, "It's great, he's been weaving his way through every movie and I really get to play with him and have [him do] a lot of stuff."
"There were things that during the writing, I was like, 'I need something more here... Oh, Coulson!' and he just, he comes up every time," Whedon went on to explain. "Clark is such a wonderful guy but also such a precise actor. The whole troupe is so amazing, I'm actually surprised."
So where are you in the mountain climb that is this massive undertaking?
"I have reached the top, I'm going down the other side, I've just realized my Sherpa guide is frozen to death and several of my toes are missing," Whedon deadpanned. "But we are on our way down."
Are you dreaming or having nightmares about it?
"I don't dream, I just think about coverage while sleeping, and then I wake up four hours later. It is an enormous task," he said. "It's not daunting in the sense of any kind of responsibility except the responsibility I always have, which is 'Will the audience respond to this? Have I given as much as I can? Have I made the actors do as much as they can? Have I made them comfortable? Does it all track as a movie?' The complexity of this giant puzzle sort of wakes you up at 2 a.m. pretty much every night," he said, with hints of exhaustion in his voice.
When asked if he's constantly fielding requests from friends to visit the set, Whedon revealed that he could actually use some more company.
"I've encouraged people to come to set because people assume they can't. For my own self, I try to get my wife there," he admitted. "She doesn't really like being on set because it's sort of dull, and occasionally I import a friend just to have that touchstone of someone who knows who I am. Everyone is wonderful, but they're all new, and when you're in the thick of it you need someone to go, 'You're not crazy.' "