Back in the day, we could pretend to be the Avengers with nothing more than a garbage can lid, household hammer and a welding mask (if you could get it… don’t ask). Nowadays, we can be the real thing… kinda.
Are you ready to become one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Today, eFX Inc. announced a new line-up of collectible prop replicas based on assorted Marvel Comics properties — beginning with weapons and costume items from “The Avengers” film. From March 16 – 18, eFX Inc. will display the first collectable prop replicas from Marvel’s “The Avengers” at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA with even more to be revealed. In anticipation of the May 4 release of “The Avengers,” the first line-up of limited-edition replicas based on Joss Whedon’s epic film are expected to include Thor’s mighty Mjolnir, Iron Man’s Mark V Armor helmet and Captain America’s vibranium shield.
“The Marvel universe is extraordinary, diverse and exciting — just like Marvel’s fans around the world, and we are really eager for them to see what we are creating with guidance and input from the Marvel team,” said Bryan Ono, president of eFX Inc via press release. “Marvel’s comics and movies offer virtually endless possibilities for absolutely incredible prop replicas.”
eFX, responsible for high-quality replicas for properties including “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “The Muppets” and “Battlestar Galactica,” recently acquired worldwide rights to create collectables based on Marvel’s heroes and will further reveal its new line during the first quarter of 2012. The company expects to offer a number of items — ranging in price from $49 to $1500 — inspired by Marvel’s characters and films through its website and select retail locations.
The film Safety Not Guaranteed has been causing a stir at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where science fiction seems to have pervaded the screen. A time travel story based on a classifieds ad from 1997 has grabbed the imagination of movie goers.
A pair of frustrated interns at a local magazine spot an unusual ad asking for time travel companions. It is specified that they must bring their own arms and supplies and that their safety cannot be guaranteed.
Searching for the true story behind the classifieds ad leads to some unexpected events and opportunities to right wrongs and change history… or not.
The mystery man, Mark Duplass’s Kenneth, is easy to find, but hard to interview: A paranoid whose hermetic tendencies and iffy fashion sense peg him as a possible Unabomber, Kenneth figures Jeff is “one of them” and refuses to talk. Taking this as his cue to go hunting for his ex, Jeff sends in Darius — not as a journalist, but as a candidate to join Kenneth’s mysterious mission back to 2001.
Plaza plays the start of Darius’s infiltration as she might a storyline on Parks and Rec — she’s patronizing Kenneth in a way we find hilarious but that he can’t see, adopting his hard-ass “when things go down” lingo and convincing him she’s right for the job. But as they get to know each other, Plaza warms to an extent we haven’t seen. She’s convincingly fond of the guy who’s teaching her to use firearms and decipher coded messages.
For his part, Duplass keeps his oft-employed Everydude charisma in check: Kenneth is a wounded, mockably serious man, and the actor doesn’t start making him warm and fuzzy when it’s time for us to like him. Though the script shows us what’s underneath his facade — in a gorgeous scene, Kenneth plays zither and sings a sweet song by Guster’s Ryan Miller — we come around to Kenneth on his terms.