More than three decades after it first debuted, The Toxic Avenger is set to return to the silver screen after its feature film rights have been acquired by Legendary Films. For those that may not remember, this cult-classic franchise originally hit screens in 1984 and enjoyed a run that included three sequel films, an eleven issue Marvel comic series, a cartoon series, and even a stage musical production.
The franchise was based on a 98 lbs janitor who came into contact with toxic waste, mutating him into a repulsive creature with enhanced size and strength. Billed as the “first superhero from New Jersey”, The Toxic Avenger was a brawling do-gooder based in the fictional town of Tromaville.
The team responsible for Toxie’s return will be Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment, who will serve as producers. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee for Legendary.
After 44 years of filmmaking, Troma Entertainment, Inc. is the longest running independent movie studio in North America. The Toxic Avenger marks the first return to Tromaville, New Jersey by Troma Entertainment since reacquiring film rights in 2010.
The potential remake has been shopped around to various studios like New Line Cinemas and was once offered to fan-favorite writer and director, Kevin Smith. It has been rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered the role back in 2013, with no indication of whether he actually considered playing the mutated muscle-bound hero.
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Here’s Every Hero Who Appears In The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer
Today, Marvel Studios released the first official trailer for Avengers: Endgame and revealed which heroes will likely be on hand for the re-match against Thanos.
Avengers: Infinity War united nearly every hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the showdown with Thanos and after a decade of films that proved to be an extensive roster. However, the Marvel Studios epic concluded with Thanos succeeding in his mission to acquire the Infinity Stones and use their power to erase half of the universe’s population, with many of the aforementioned heroes being included among the casualties. Fortunately, the original Avengers teammates survived Thanos’ decimation and it appears they will be joined by a few the new heroes who debuted since the group initially formed when they head into the second showdown with Thanos.
Click “Next” to see a full list of heroes featured in the trailer!