#28 (May 2012)

Waiting, anticipating, and more waiting. That’s what hype creates.

Anyone not living under a rock must have heard about a certain multiple-superhero movie that has been buzzing everywhere since the news that it was getting assembled was hinted. Remember seeing Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark appearing at the end credits of The Incredible Hulk in 2008?

Yes, it was that long ago.

For fans of Marvel’s The Avengers, I’m pretty sure the hardworking early birds must have already caught the movie with their pre-booked tickets, and the busy remainders cussing about the never-ending queues. Yes, more waiting.

While we can safely say that the folks at Marvel and Disney will be needing more chests to store their new gold, we’re pretty sure this film is going to be one of the major blockbuster hits of the year and maybe even of all time, with critics and fanboys alike giving it an almost perfect score on indicative sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

Of course, if you are not sick of all this buzz and are still yearning for more, join us as we go behind the scenes where it was all assembled, on the set of Marvel’s The Avengers, on page 52.

Another subject matter that has taken director Ridley Scott many years to come back to is his new sci-fi film, Prometheus, a indirect follow-up to his very iconic Alien. His last sci-fi film was 1982’s Blade Runner. 20 years, that was how long ago! Read what Scott’s new muse Noomi Rapace has to say about being in the shadows of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley on page 30. Her co-stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron also talk about their roles on page 36 and 42.

And it has been 10 years since the last of the Men In Black films was screened. This month, Will Smith is back as agent J after a decade-long absence, in MIB3. One of the rare few A-listers who commands very respectable takings in all his films, Smith tell us why it took him so long to come back to this franchise and what other movies he is contemplating to go back to, sequel-wise, on page 60.

But good things do come to those who wait. Inside these pages, Chinese director Lou Ye is back after a five-year ban with Love & Bruises, on page 86; and fans of Twilight and Thor don’t have to wait too long till the sequels to catch Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth respectively for the duo will be in this month’s Snow White and the Huntsman, check it out on page 80. There’s much more, go flip the mag and find out.

Of course, with waiting, comes anticipation and the eventual expectation. It’s all about engaging stories and compelling executions, which of course, takes time, again.

Enjoy and have fun at the movies while waiting for our next issue!

Royston Loh

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