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Sunday, October 16, 2011

NYCC: The Avengers

New York Comic Con
The Avengers 

Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Zak Penn, Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg

NYCC: In the IGN Theatre of the Jacobs Javitz Convention Center, anticipation mounted throughout the day. As the day turned into evening, the crowd - mostly individuals and groups who had camped out since the presentation of Shawn West and Maggie Q for Nikita - started getting restless for the Avengers panel to get underway.

Producer Kevin Feige came out on stage for a rabid round of applause, the entire crowd beyond ready to see trailers, possible film sequences, surprises, and the actors and actresses who were destined to play the characters who would become Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Following the film's producer out onto stage came Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America). As each member of the team emerged from the wings, the applause and roar from the crowd escalated. But, as the first surprise, another member of the team was called out... Mark Ruffalo! It was pandemonium throughout the IGN Theater.

A lively discussion ensued with Tom and Chris talking about how the costumes, although brilliantly designed, did not allow for easy relief (all pun intended). Chris mentioned that he was happy to share the misery of costumed bathroom breaks with his costars. Cobie and Clark gushed geekness about the first time they opened the doors to the command center of the Avenger helicarrier to see all of the Avengers in their full regalia. Clark even graced the audience with his death metal and original lyrics for the Avengers theme.

We got to watch the Avengers trailer that was released to the world mere days before. But we got to see the trailer on the big IGN projection screens! Hooting and hollering ensued again! Afterward questions and answers started from the moderator, then from the audience. The Q&A could have been called the Tom Hiddleston show. Ovaries burst with every british word he spoke, eloquent and clever, smart and knowledgeable about comics, his character, and the Marvel Universe. Clark provided plenty of levity, Cobie added a first-time convention lover's geekgasms, and Mark Ruffalo ruffa-fied the entire panel - and a bonus clip that Whedon and the studio assembled just for the NYCC.

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