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We'll certainly give Marvel credit for doing the impossible in creating a linked cinematic universe for their characters that is (mostly) coherent and complete. It's certainly no easy task, but they've managed to take their brand beyond the comic book store and into the pop cultural sphere at large, so kudos are definitely deserved. But when it comes to trying to snare A-list directors, they might want to rethink their approach. While doing the press rounds for "Skyfall," helmer Sam Mendes chatted with Moviefone and revealed that he received a pitch to direct "The Avengers," though it wasn't exactly what you would call substantive. "The funniest letter I got -- they were sending [a packet for] 'The Avengers,' right? For directors to pitch -- and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script," he said. He reveals that he got the package a »

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