For anyone that has seen Marvel’s THE AVENGERS (or even those that have not seen the movie…yet), you know that while Loki is the primary antagonist of the film, there is also an alien presence in the movie in the way of the Chitauri. Now it appears that these are not the only space-dwelling folk out there with an interest in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This latest interest doesn’t come from any of the other Marvel Alien races like the Skrulls, the Kree or the Brood, but rather from a pair of NASA Astronauts, a few Russian Cosmonauts and even a European Space Agency Astronaut. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m talking about the crew currently circling the earth 220 miles above our heads in the International Space Station (ISS) and yes, they are getting the company of Marvel’s THE AVENGERS.
Here is the official press release obtained from Stitch Kingdom:
Marvel Studios announced today that they arranged with NASA to transfer their record-breaking blockbuster film Marvel’s The Avengers to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, which will uplink the film to the International Space Station (ISS), currently orbiting 220 miles above Earth. The film will then be screened for the space station crew’s exclusive enjoyment.
This screening continues Marvel’s collaboration with NASA, which began during principal photography of Marvel’s The Avengers when the film shot at the Space Power Facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.
Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studios’ Co-President and Executive Producer of Marvel’s The Avengers, says, ‘The studio is privileged to share Marvel’s The Avengers with those up in space exploring the universe. A special thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen. It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious.’
Films, books, and music offer important aspects of psychological support for astronauts on long-duration missions, such as those on the International Space Station (ISS). ‘These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time,’ said Dan Cook, Psychological Support Coordinator with Wyle, a contractor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Aside from watching movies and television shows, ISS crewmembers have a number of options for their leisure and personal time, such as reading books or magazines, listening to music, and playing musical instruments.
The current space station mission is Expedition 31 and has a six-member crew consisting of 2 NASA Astronauts, 1 European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut, and 3 Russian (RU) Cosmonauts as follows: Don Pettit (NASA), Joe Acaba (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA), Oleg Kononenko (RU), Gennady Padalka (RU), Sergei Revin (RU).
In other news, Marvel has planned for a release of Marvel’s THE AVENGERS in a special collection edition titled Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled. The 10-Disc set will include all 6 movies that Marvel has released thus-far under their own production banner. Obviously, as a Marvel fan, this is extremely exciting and the slight unveiling in the image listed above hints that the container for this set will be none other than a S.H.I.E.L.D. brief case which is really frickin cool. Of course, that is just speculation on my part, but it won’t be the first time I’ve gotten my hopes up for something. Here is some info on the release and you can find more information and sign-up to be notified when it is available by heading over to Amazon:
Limited Edition collection includes: • Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)
• The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
• Iron Man (Blu-ray)
• Bonus Disc – “The Phase One Archives” (Blu-ray)
• Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel’s The Avengers” Available For Pre-order
Pre-order Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) today and check back on July 15 to see the unveiled Limited Edition collection with complete details.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.
SYNOPSIS: Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS has opened in the USA on 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 4, 2012 and is currently, as of today, ranked #4 on the all-time worldwide gross list with a total of $1,311,588,996.