THE AVENGERS ASSEMBLED: The Visual Evolution of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

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Iron Man and Hawkeye are the most changed since their first appearances

Paul Antonson and Michael Calia have this great item at WSJ:
The bulky physique of the Hulk. The near-impregnable armor of Iron Man. The athletic ferocity of Black Widow. There are certain aspects of Marvel’s Avengers teammates that have remained consistent over the years, which is necessary to keep the characters always present in the minds of fans.
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But times change, and so must the appearance of comic book characters, even if just by a little bit. The Wall Street Journal’s graphics staff assembled Avengers cover images from the Marvel Unlimted app to study just how much things have changed in several of the main characters’ appearances over the past 50-plus years….(read more)WSJ.com

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Opens to Massive $201.2 Million at Foreign Box Office

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The success of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a testament to the strength of the global market, which now accounts for 70% or more of a major film’s box office gross. Two decades ago, foreign ticket sales usually comprised less than half of a movie’s revenues.

 reports: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” debuted to a massive $201.2 million across 44 territories this weekend.

“The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace. It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds.”

— Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief

Disney and Marvel’s super team adventure was the highest-grossing film in everywhere it opened, and has now rolled out in 55% of the international marketplace, including such major locales as France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea and Australia.

“We are living in rarefied air with ‘Avengers’ to be even talking about these kind of numbers. A weekend like this is why a lot of people think it could be even bigger than the first one.”

— Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak

Going into the weekend, Disney was projecting a foreign debut of between $160 million to $175 million.

“The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds.”

The hotly anticipated superhero sequel opens next week in the U.S., where it is expected to earn north of $200 million and could top the first “Avengers” film’s record-breaking $207.4 million bow. Bringing Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and other costumed heroes together isn’t cheap, and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” carries a $250 million pricetag. Read the rest of this entry »


Exclusive Excerpt from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World’

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‘Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ 


Oh Yes: LEGO’s 3,000-Piece ‘Avengers

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