“We are all familiar with the mayhem that takes place when a group of Super Heroes join forces to thwart an evil plan. Who can forget the actions of X-Men, the Justice League, the Super Friends or the Kick-Ass kids?
This is the promise of Marvel’s much anticipated big-screen superhero Comic-Con The Avengers headed into production. It has been teased around the corners of Marvel films including both Iron Man movies as well as The Hulk reboot. The Avengers, to be helmed by Joss Wheaton, will feature a melange of A-list actors including Jeremy Renner, Scarlet Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr,. Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris Evens and will stake out prime real estate with a tent pole May 2012 release date.
In anticipation, a group of local actors, film professionals, and comic fans have assembled to create The Avengers Assemble, a comic series on the comic series.
The Avengers Assemble tweaks the Marvel Universe by introducing real-world politics (the health care overhaul, BP oil spill, conflict in the Middle East), and running them through a filter of inane office board room chatter, all staged as a prelude to an ass-kicking.
The hilarity of series lives somewhere between the minutiae of office politics and the absurdity of the comic universe in which Scarlet Witch asks, “Does the new health care cover an android common law husband?” or Ms. Marvel uses thrKree-Skrull Warras an analogy for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. And what fun Abbot & Costello could have had with the double entendre “death panels.”
For some insight into the series, I interviewed series co-producer and actor Chris Burns.”
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