Marvel’s The Avengers heroes grace the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly – pictured right, click to enlarge – and it looks as though their biggest foe is PhotoShop. EW has been taking a drubbing on the Internet since revealing the collage, which is the first official look at the assembled team since filming began in April. One commenter on the website quipped, “It must have been ‘Bring Your Kids to Work’ Day and they let one of them use Photoshop.”
For starters, Scarlett Johansson is randomly featured up top and centered, despite being a minor member of the crew — compared to, say, their leader, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who is not pictured. But what’s going on with her head? Her melon looks like a Pez dispenser that could snap back at any moment and dispense delicious candy. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor seems to be ogling the back of her head. Then there is Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner, the scientist who either transforms into the Incredible Hulk or becomes Zoolander.
The three set photos inside are a vast improvement (also embedded below), but does any of this really matter? Marvel has been building to 2012′s The Avengers since Iron Man became a hit in 2008. Did anyone forget about it? Is awareness low enough that these six need to splash a magazine cover (horribly) eight months before its release? Is your opinion of a movie that isn’t completed changed forever because Entertainment Weekly rushed their cover shot? Of course not. It’s also not the first time Photoshop has been unkind to a superhero team. Remember that laughable group shot of the characters from X-Men: First Class? Was anyone thinking, “I wanted to buy tickets, but that picture was terrible!”
Ultimately, the likeness is there, the costumes are flashy for the magazine rack, and it says “AVENGERS” right across the middle. And we’re all talking about it. Mission accomplished.
There are a lot more of these The Avengers images to come. Get used to it. Here is the much-maligned cover, a few set photos, and a few scans (via ComingSoon):