Marvel comics coming to a theater near you

Jonathan Perez, Staff Writer

Supernatural powers and evil villains fill the screen. The wait is nearly over: Marvel is doing it again.

Starting this summer, Marvel will launch the movies X- Men: First Class, Thor, The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman and Captain America: First Avenger adopted from their classic comic books.

“I’ve never been a fan of the comics,” senior Bryan Caceda said. “The movies have an easier way to express the action and intensity of the superheroes’ adventures.”

The first movie to launch this year is Thor, a Paramount Picture that releases May 6. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is banished from Asgard and sent to Earth because of his careless actions that almost cause a war. While on Earth, he finally understands what it means to be a protector and a hero.

“The story itself from where Thor came from has always been cool,” freshmen Nicholas Rodriguez said. “I think the fighting scenes will be awesome in the movie.”

X-Men: First Class, set to release on June 3, has a similar concept to the X-Men: Wolverine Origins film. This 20th Century Fox film will show the lives of Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (played by Michael Fassbender) before they became Professor X and Magneto. The two characters discover their mutant powers for the first time. These two close friends begin training their powers, but they also find their friendship slowly disappearing because of their different approaches on how to use their powers.

“This movie is going to be off the chain!” senior Harrison Blumin said. “The previous X Men movies were great, but this movie is definitely up there.”

Marvel Entertainment will release Captain America: First Avenger on July 22, making this the first time this character is featured in a movie. Captain America: First Avenger is a film about Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), a soldier who is not physically fit enough to perform his duties in the army. However, he volunteers himself for a secret project and transforms into a huge, muscular man protecting America in battle and thus becomes Captain America.

“He [Captain America] is my favorite Marvel superhero because he is not your ordinary superhero,” senior James Conlon said. “The storyline in the comics is presented better than in the movies. I know the movie cannot follow every detail, but I hope it gets the important parts.”

The Avengers, a special team comprised of Marvel’s greatest superheroes, will release in the summer of 2012. It will include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Nick Furry, the Hulk and Hawkeye. The superheroes will be featured in one movie for the first time. In fact, many of the movies being released now are meant to introduce the characters in order to be known for the Avengers film come 2012.

“I’m mostly excited to see The Avengers, because my two favorite super heroes, Captain America and Iron Man, are in the same movie,” senior John Reus said. “I’ve read the comic books since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to see it in live action.”

Columbia Pictures is coming out with a new version of the movie for the superhero who swings along the buildings of New York City: Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman, coming out July 3, 2012, is not a continuation of the previous movies. Although the storyline for this movie is not yet known, Columbia Pictures will have a new approach to the movie and castmember Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Spiderman.

“The previous Spiderman movies were great, but I prefer reading the comics over the movies,” freshman Ivan Figueora said. “There is always an urge to keep reading, and the suspense of the artwork is always a cool factor.”

Marvel definitely has its work cut out for them, but fans have confidence in Marvel.

“They have always done a good job,” junior Christopher Herrera said. “This time should be no different.”

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