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Now Playing: 'The Avengers'

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Roll Call: Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

If Agent Natasha Romanoff can interrupt an espionage interrogation to attend...

If Thor can find a way back to Earth without his rainbow bridge...

If Tony Stark can stop erecting enormous arguably phallic odes to himself for a moment...

If Captain America can get back in shape now that he's out of deep freeze...

And if Dr Bruce Banner can come out of self-imposed exile to join Marvel's THE AVENGERS, then I really ought to be able to revive this review column! Let's go.

After roughly four years of movie-length commercials for The Avengers (formerly known as: Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" have finally assembled. To fans of the superhero genre, this probably feels like an impossible dream realized. To non-fans of the superhero genre this might play like the perfect time for a showstopping climax -take a bow and give mere mortals some movies again! The latter group should brace themselves. This particular blockbuster is lively enough to greenlight an even bigger movie family of men (and hopefully some women) in tights.

Marvel wisely handed the reigns over to writer/director Joss Whedon who is still best known for creating one of the greatest TV shows of all time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and who has only directed one previous feature (Serenity). Though I'm a big Whedon believer, the opening moments worried me. The film starts with a brief but dull outerspace prologue designed to tell us that the Earth will soon be threatened (Duh! The superheroes have to protect the world from something). Without context this unfortunately brings Green Lantern's information overload opening to mind though it's happily the last completely useless scene in the film. Once Loki (Tom Hiddleston) steals the glowing cube of power known as the Tesseract from Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) at S.H.I.E.L.D., the story is jolted to life. (Loki also steals Jeremy Renner but who wouldn't?)

Why is Hulk chasing The Black Widow ?

Superhero vs superhero and other visual wonders AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chris Evans: 'We'll Be Ashamed' Gay Marriage Was an Issue

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Chris Evans is asked by Playboy about his gay brother Scott and whether he supports same-sex marriage:

"Are you kidding me? It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing, and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue."

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Chris Evans Offers His Best Centerfold Eyes for 'Details': VIDEO

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Chris Evans reclines for the new issue of Details. There's plenty to be read in the cover article about his life as a bachelor and The Avengers, as well as his childhood and mom (but no specific mention of his gay brother Scott).

Still, the ban on shirtlessness instituted by his manager several years ago appears to have been lifted.

Unfortunately the rock-climbing shots didn't make it into the main article, though you can catch a few glimpses in the behind-the-scenes Q&A video, which is posted, along with another shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Superheroes Spar for Screen Time in 'The Avengers' Trailer: VIDEO

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as  Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor,  Black Widow, and Hawkeye, respectively, save the world in the new trailer for The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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On the Objectification of Chris Evans

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Now that he's Captain America, Chris Evans has apparently thrown out his silly ban on gratuitous shirtlessness,as evidenced by his lawyer wardrobe in Puncture.

Yet he still thinks he needs a butt double. Says Evans of his role in What's Your Number with Anna Faris:

"My butt double is my roommate in Boston! He's a kid I grew up with. Anna said she got a butt double for the bay scene. My buddy Zach was like, 'Who's going to be your butt double?' and I said, 'I don't know. Do you want the gig?' I brought him down, he met the director, did a little spin around and boom -- he's in the movie! He's got a great ass."

That is all.

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Towleroad Guide To The Tube #949

LIL' ANNE: Anne Hathaway blasts paparazzi with Lil' Wayne-inspired rap.

MANIPULATION: Rick Perry claims scientists invented global warming to make money.

PUNCTURE: Trailer for Chris Evans' new movie.

FLASH ROB: Group robs Maryland 7-11, giving flash mobs a bad name. 

 

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