Hands up who predicted this one? With only a few months until release, Joss Whedon’s upcoming Marvel ensemble blockbuster The Avengers (2012) has been renamed in the UK as Marvel Avengers Assemble. We can only assume the title change is to avoid confusion with the cult 1960s series of the same name (rather than the awful 1998 Ralph Fiennes/Uma Thurman big screen adaptation), though how many audience members would have turned up expecting to see John Steed and Emma Peel doing their thing is anyone’s guess.
First published in 1963 and created by comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, there have been numerous incarnations of The Avengers over the years. From what we’ve seen so far, it seems the new movie will be heavily influenced by The Ultimates, a 2002 reimagining of the superhero team written by Kick-Ass scribe Mark Millar.
Whilst the upcoming Marvel Avengers Assemble plot is still under wraps, it will have to be pretty spectacular to match Christopher Nolan’s logically-titled final Batman installment The Dark Knight Rises (2012) at the box office, despite the big name draw of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and a whole host of other Hollywood players.
Here’s that new poster (and title) for any non-believers:
Marvel Avengers Assemble is due to be released in UK cinemas on 26 April, 2012. For more info, visit facebook.com/AvengersUK.