Avengers Assemble!

Obviously one of the movies that I am most looking forward to this year is Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

Well, I got my wish. They are doing a double feature of Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The double feature is playing on Thursday, April 30th. It is even playing at the Biltmore Grande in Asheville at 4:15 (time for your theater may vary). The double feature is offered through many theater chains, including Regal, AMC, and Cinemark.

So why am I bummed? Because I’m spoiled. I’ll be at the Biltmore Grande double feature and will enjoy it quite a bit. However this is what I want to see:

Ultimate Marvel Marathon

 

Now that is a marathon. Regal lists the run time as clocking in at 23 hours and 59 minutes. Unfortunately it is only being shown in 8 locations. AMC will be showing it in Downtown Disney (Orlando), Downtown Disney (Anaheim), Lincoln Square (New York), and AMC Studio 28 (Kansas City).

6:00 pm Iron Man

8:25 pm The Incredible Hulk

10:35 pm Iron Man 2

1:00 am Thor

3:10 am Captain America: The First Avenger

5:30 am The Avengers

8:48 am Iron Man 3

11:15 am Thor: The Dark World (aka time to catch a nap)

1:45 pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier

4:20 pm The Guardians of the Galaxy

7:00 pm Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Assemble! Netflix Edition – Iron Man & Thor

Epix may have stolen Netflix’s thunder (by showing Thor naturally as well as Captain America). Netflix is definitely no slouch in the Marvel line. They only have one of the five films leading up to The Avengers (Iron Man 2) but they have a ton of animation featuring Iron Man & Thor.

Iron Man 2 (2010) – Rated PG-13

“Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — aka Iron Man — resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero. Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson co-star in director Jon Favreau’s sequel based on Marvel comic book characters.”

Iron Man Armored Adventures (2009)

“In this action-driven animated series, teen phenom Tony Stark takes to the skies with help from an ingeniously engineered suit of armor, taking down villains to learn the truth about his late father’s mysterious passing.”

Iron Man: Extremis (2010)

“The famed Marvel Comics superhero continues his epic animated adventures in the 21st century by taking on his old foe Mallen, who’s gotten his hands on a nanotechnology serum called Extremis that transforms humans into deadly super-soldiers.”

Iron Man (1994)

“Iron Man is back in this animated series that aired from 1994 to 1996 as part of the “Marvel Action Hour.” There’s action right out of the gate when Iron Man goes up against the Mandarin and a deadly zombie army.”

The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

“In this animated adventure, inventor Tony Stark digs up more than he bargained for when he unearths an evil entity buried for centuries in an ancient Chinese ruin. To protect himself from the destructive force, Tony designs a high-tech suit of armor.”

Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011)

“Marvel comic book character Thor springs to life in this animated feature that explores his earlier adventures with his brother, Loki. That was before Thor discovered his power-wielding hammer and the only weapon he had was his sword.”

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers (2011)

“With his powerful brother Thor defeated and in chains, resentful Loki takes over the kingdom of Asgard. Focused on his own pain rather than the needs of his subjects, Loki plans to kill his brother to secure his position — unless Thor can prevail.”

 

Marvel Comics – Marvel Superhero week

This is Marvel Superhero week. There are a number of Marvel motion comics available on instant Netflix. These motion comics use the actual comic panels from the comics and minimally animate them and provide professional voice-acting. It all creates a very nice effect.

WATCH: Iron Man: Extremis (2010) – Rated TV-MA

The famed Marvel Comics superhero continues his epic animated adventures in the 21st century by taking on his old foe Mallen, who’s gotten his hands on a nanotechnology serum called Extremis that transforms humans into deadly super-soldiers.

WATCH: Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD (2009) – Rated TV-MA

After an incident in her childhood, Jessica Drew is fated to become a full-blown superhero in this animated action series. Allied with the S.W.O.R.D. counterintelligence agency, the female Spidey defends Earth from multiple alien threats.

WATCH: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (2009) – Rated TV-MA

From Joss Whedon and John Cassaday comes a new vision of the X-Men, propelling the often-conflicted, mutant superheroes into the 21st century. This animated feature brings the comic books alive with stunning graphics and dynamic voice actors. Cyclops and Emma Frost seek to reform the X-Men with a vigorous clarity of purpose, but when a “cure” for mutants is discovered, their plan is threatened, and ferocious enemies test them to their limits.

I have recommended all of these as WATCH simply because you should see how these are done. The main drawback is that these are stupidly broken up into “episodes” which really hurts their watchability.  Probably the easiest to get into would be Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and Spider-Woman is the hardest as it takes place during the recent Skrull invasion storyline.

Please do not mistake these for the animated X-Men, Iron Man, Avengers, and Spider-Man series (all of which are also available on instant Netflix). Every word in the motion comics is taken from the comics themselves. These are certainly not for everyone because they are basically someone reading a comic to you while you watch but they are interesting.