Five awesome ways they bent physics for ‘The Avengers’

Captain America’s shield
Captain America harnesses the power of “Vibranium,” a metal extracted from a meteorite that crashed in Africa. The shield is capable of absorbing, storing and redirecting kinetic energy, and the material becomes more powerful as more weapons are turned against it. In the movie, Captain America redirects a shot from Iron Man’s repulsor ray into a bunch of Chitauri warriors sneaking up on Iron Man.

“The property that lends Vibranium its remarkable characteristics is its ability to store or channel energy in its atomic structure,” said Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office.

Scientists have yet to find a material that gets tougher the more it gets knocked around, but battlefield materials are getting increasingly better at dissipating impact energy.

Thor controls lightning
The Norse god Thor is able to summon lightning by wielding Mjolnir, his trusty enchanted hammer. Thor can channel the storm’s fury into devastating energy blasts that can destroy even secondary Adamantium. In real life, companies are tinkering with artificial lightning. Applied Energetics, a company that develops lasers and particle beam systems, has built a lightning gun that can stall cars or defuse roadside bombs.

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On set for the Avengers with green-screen action photos

If you’re like me, then you’re super excited about the new Avengers movie. After last weeks premiere (photos, videos) the anticipation is building.

To whet your appetite I found a full article about being on-set for the movie and green screen photos of the live action.

To the casual observer, Joss Whedon might seem like an odd pick to bring such a hugely anticipated project to the big screen. Known mostly for his TV work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, some might have expected a more seasoned helmer…

“There was a moment a couple weeks after I had taken the job when I suddenly went, ‘Agh,’ and my wife just turned to me and said, ‘Honey, it’s just the next story,'” laughs the filmmaker. “I went, ‘O.K., thanks. I’m back.’ That was it, because ultimately it is. The financial burden is not on me. As I have said many times, ‘The first weekend is [the audience’s] job. The second weekend is mine.’ If the story is compelling, if I got it right, if people want to come back to it, yay!”

New 'Avengers' trailer – a scene-by-scene breakdown of the new footage

Just a few days ago, a new Avengers trailer was released, containing awesome footage:

  • Hulk catching Iron Man in mid-air
  • Three-way fight between Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.

Pretty exciting if you’re a casual fan (watch the trailer below), but if you can’t get enough…

Then check out these scene-by-scene breakdowns of the new footage – 21 screen captures and descriptions.

Once you’re done with go on to the next dissection of the trailer from October – 22 screen captures and follow-along descriptions.

 

Avengers – trailer 2 – released Feb 29, 2012

 

All of the trailers are easily viewed at the Avengers Facebook page and also check out the prologue (6-minute video) for the Dark Night Rises

New ‘Avengers’ trailer – a scene-by-scene breakdown of the new footage

Just a few days ago, a new Avengers trailer was released, containing awesome footage:

  • Hulk catching Iron Man in mid-air
  • Three-way fight between Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.

Pretty exciting if you’re a casual fan (watch the trailer below), but if you can’t get enough…

Then check out these scene-by-scene breakdowns of the new footage – 21 screen captures and descriptions.

Once you’re done with go on to the next dissection of the trailer from October – 22 screen captures and follow-along descriptions.

 

Avengers – trailer 2 – released Feb 29, 2012

 

All of the trailers are easily viewed at the Avengers Facebook page and also check out the prologue (6-minute video) for the Dark Night Rises