NYCC 2011: Loki Panel I mean The Avengers Panel Recap

I literally camped out in the IGN Theater for hours just so I was guaranteed to see The Walking Dead panel and The Avengers panel! #dedication

The panel was hosted by Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist Podcast. The panelist were Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Colby Smulders (Maria Hill). WOW!

They showed us an exclusive clip of how Bruce Banner/Hulk gets recruited to the Avengers by Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. I was thrilled we got to see a clip like that because I feel like NYCC doesn’t get that much exclusive news or clips because it’s always one of the last cons of the year.

The panel was pretty much a Tom Hiddleston/Loki panel. Loki fangirls must have occupied about 75% of the theater. And I must admit, by the end of the panel I started to become a Loki Lover too (How could you not?!).

Highlights from the Panel and Q&A:

  • – Kevin Feige said that Joss Whedon is “in a dark editing room” and it was “Whedon’s movie”
  • – They all agreed Tom had the hardest costume to get in and out of.
  • – Hiddleston: “I can’t say I ever got a day in Jeans and a t-shirt. It was all leather and metal…that’s how girls like in Asgard.”
  • – Gregg joked with us that Agent Coulson is revealed as a Romulan princess in Avengers. JK JK!
  • – Chris Hardwick said that the Hulk as a ‘raging erection’ while Banner is more timid, Ruffalo liked the raging erection description
  • Ruffalo said that, “This Generation’s Hamlet, we’ll all get a chance to play the part.”
  • – Gregg then is practically forced by the audience to sing an Avengers theme song he made up backstage with lines like ‘We are a dysfunctional family’ and ‘muscles so bulky, we have a Hulky.’
  • – Hiddleston really loves playing Loki and read a lot of Loki mythology and of course comics.  He said he’d love to see the scene of Loki turning cars in Manhattan into ice cream.
  • – They will keep the tradition of short video teasers after the credits with The Avengers.
  • – Of course they plan on making Avengers a franchise
  • Iron Man 3 is in pre-production
  • – When forced to answer which superhero Chris Evans liked playing more either Captain America or Human Torch he chose Captain America (of course)
  • – Gregg lets us in on funny story about the best text message he has ever received. When they were all together, he got a text from Evans that just said “Assemble.” He said they went to a bar and everyone was dancing and he looked over and saw Evans and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) talking about how they got their muscles to look so good!
  • – Watch the panel here at MovieWeb
Check out a few pictures from the panel (click to enlarge)

Weekly Links (1/15)

(Picture above via Rather Childish Tumblr)

Unbelievable Star Wars Cakes via Buzzfeed

The Best Acoustic Version of the Darkwing Duck Theme Song You’ll Hear All Day via Topless Robot

Star Wars Pin-Ups via The Swedish Bed

PACMAN: The Movie Trailer via vimeo

Rumors: Death Note live action to be made by American director Shane Black via Comic Book Resources (image via Topless Robot and more info)

Popular Foods Mapped by State

Pikachu Lips via Neatorama

First Look at Spiderman Reboot via Otkaus and Geeks

Behold Tie-thulu: The most well-dressed of all the Elder Gods via College Humor

A Detailed Look at Chris Evans’ Captain America Uniform via GFB Robot

Doctor Who Retro Posters and Screensavers via BBC

The Scrollwheel

“The Scrollwheel” is a short film about the frustration that one experiences while watching someone who doesn’t understand computers try to surf the Internet. via Guyjcollins YouTube

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Movie Review

I first want to give a shout out to GFBrobot for suggesting I do a review for their website for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Check out their site and the article here also. I previously did a post on their site Cyborgs Exist and Humanity is Doomed (also on GurlGoneGeek here).

If you are a fan of the six-volume comic series Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley there is no need to worry because the movie stays true to the source martial.  I (un)shamefully admit I was one of the many Scott Pilgrim bandwagoners and quickly read the series just in time to see the movie opening day.  I liked the series it was funny and loved all of the novelty and geekery in it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starred everyone’s favorite awkward nerd superstar Michael Cera as well as Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Mae Whitman (Arrested Development), Allison Pill (Milk), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four and soon to be Captain America) to name a few.  It was directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) which opened Aug. 13th.

Scott Pilgrim is one of the oldest stories in the book, just a bit more literal: Boy meets the girl of his dreams and has to fight to keep her.  Seriously though, she literally roller blades through his dreams… You kind of had to be there.  The setting takes place in the magical far away land of Canada.  Scott is a major slacker, jobless, bassist for his band “Sex Bob-Omb”, and lives with his gay scene-stealing roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) whom he shares a bed with.  But he isn’t Wallace’s gay lover, Scott’s just broke and lazy, and they can’t afford another bed.

The movie begins with Scott dating a 17-year-old High School girl named Knives Chau (played by Ellen Wong)… by the way he’s 23.  But then Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Windstead) takes a shortcut using the subspace-portal through his dreams and he can’t get her off his mind after that.  Scott takes Ramona out on a date, which is really just a walk around a park.  Did I mention he’s broke and lazy?  After that things start moving ridiculously fast with Ramona and next thing Scott knows he’s dating two girls at once.  Scott drops Knives for Ramona but Knives doesn’t drop Scott.

After he defeats Ramona’s Indian pseudo-pirate ex-boyfriend in a Bollywood musical melee, he discovers that he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends (one is an ex-girlfriend during her “bi-curious sexy phase”) into order to continue dating her.  As you can see by now, story is profoundly unrealistic but the movie is fully aware of this and doesn’t take itself too seriously which makes it even funnier.

The video game style fight scenes with the evil exes are fun and are sure to make any gamer laugh or atleast smile a bit.  Instead of a bloody beaten body lying on the ground after the fight the exes turn into coins, items, power ups and extra lives.  Smiling yet?  Don’t worry you will. Scott has his fair share of exes too, which is kind of hard to believe since he’s such a slacker and a jerk at times to girls but we have to remember this story profoundly unrealistic.

The rating:  Go see it! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a big pop culture cocktail but even if you aren’t a nerd, otaku, fanboy/fangirl, gamer or hipster the movie is still just as humorous and fun.

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