The Avengers assembled at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood yesterday, April 11 for the official red carpet premier of Marvel Entertainment’s big blockbuster.
Saturday was one of the better days for me at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and that’s really the way it usually goes because, for whatever reason, things tend to be front-loaded at TIFF. The first three or maybe even four days pack in more activity than most of the other days combined. While that means I often had to choose between a number of stars in different places, thanks to a decently organized schedule I ended up doing interviews, red carpets, and the chance to be in the presence of the great Stan Lee.
Earlier today I had a chance to screen Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and all I’m gonna say so far is that the hype is fairly accurate–it’s an awesome film, but it was seriously deficient in the cameo department.
Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and The Avengers: they’re the stuff of legend, and since the 1950s they have helped turn Marvel Comics into a publishing powerhouse, spawning huge movie franchises, and feeding the imaginations of fans both young and old. But the most notable thing all of these characters have in common with each other is a much bigger deal: as any fan will tell you, they were all created by the great Stan Lee.
Take a deep breath and try not to freak out, but in two weeks Toronto is going to play host to some of the people who make geek dreams come true.
Another year, and another missed San Diego Comic-Con. That place is where dreams come true, big screen legends walk amongst the freakish and the geekish, and surprises are apparently around every corner.
Everybody loves a good hero. They’re daring people with amazing abilities who want to make the world better. So it was natural that when computer animation finally became realistic enough to make anything look real, we reached back into the comic books and decided to make movies about the kinds of heroes we’ve always wanted to see on the silver screen… superheroes.