Much is owed to Joss Whedon. He gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he gave us Firefly, and with only his second film as director, he gave us The Avengers. Of course, The Avengers would have been a success without Whedon, but how big of a success would it have been? And would the film have been as good if not for Whedon’s wicked sense of characterization and awesome quips? I doubt it. Whedon held a lot of sway on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from The Avengers through other Phase 2 films, the hiring of James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy, the launch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and finally last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. But now, Whedon says he’s done. Like, DONE done. (more…)
Age of Ultron
One has to think, on the set of a film with as many explosions and serious “end of the world” moments as the average comic-book movie features, the cast has to fool around with each other a little bit in between takes in order to not go crazy, right? Well, it looks like Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was no exception to that rule during filming, and now we get a little glimpse of the madness, via a short blooper reel released ahead of the movie’s home-video premiere.
Is anyone truly excited about Marvel’s Ant-Man – yes, no, maybe? Seems most are considerable unimpressed with Marvel’s latest entry into their Cinematic Universe. Maybe it’s because the lead characters super powers of shrinking down to the size of a popcorn kernel and talking to Ants isn’t all that interesting. Or, maybe, it’s something deeper. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was as nonstop kinetic force – it was as fun and exciting as a super hero movie can get. Any Marvel solo film following a blockbuster like would be akin to being the guy that has to go on and perform after The Beatles .
Obviously feeling that Ant-Man isn’t tracking as strong as they may like, Marvel has dished out some movie posters with some familiar faces. When in doubt, cross promote! (more…)
Given that the theme of DC’s upcoming films seems to be darkly darkened darkness, it’s great to hear Kevin Feige declare that the same won’t be happening within the MCU. There will of course be plenty of tense, high-stakes moments and scenarios (as seen in Age of Ultron and no doubt Civil War), but it won’t be turning into the gloomy broodfest that DC is getting their rocks off to nowadays. That’s not to say that they’re wrong to go down more of a dark route, especially with properties like Batman, but I can’t help but wish they’d take some time to have a little fun with their characters too. Marvel, bless their dorky souls, excel in this area with their big, fun, exciting films. (more…)
Before we even start, be warned, spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron are ahead. You probably knew that, considering the title, but if you are among the dozen or so people on the planet who has not yet seen the movie and want to avoid spoilers, now is the time to leave. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. (more…)
It’s often said that Hollywood is Highschool with money. While that is mostly true, in the case of the cast and crew of Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s summer camp without the counselors (except not really). What is certain, is this rag tag crew of actors dressed as superheroes like each other a heck of a lot, and sure know how to have fun on set.
A new Avengers: Age of Ultron behind-the-scenes featurette shows what goofs and good times the likes of RDJ, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and the rest of the AOU cast were having on set. (more…)
It has been rumored for quite some time that the Carol Danvers incarnation of Captain Marvel would be hitting the big screen prior to absolutely destroying the box office with her own solo movie when it is released on July 6, 2018. For the most part, rumors have had Danvers playing a part in Avengers: Age of Ultron, albeit in a cameo capacity. AoU writer/director Joss Whedon has teased fans off and on throughout the production of the Avengers sequel and if the rumors are true, those teases may actually lead to something much more substantial. Word around the campfire is that Marvel has found their Carol Danvers and audiences will indeed meet her during the events of Age of Ultron. There may be spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. (more…)
We’ve seen many of Hot Toys upcoming line of 1/6th scale figures from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron; including the massive Hulkbuster, a suit Iron Man wears to try to handle Bruce Banner when he becomes the Hulk. Hot Toys has now revealed the next figure in their series of collectibles based on Marvel’s AOU – a movie accurate 1/6 scale Black Widow. Yes, Hot Toys already had a Black Widow figure from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this one has a more fabulous hairstyle and other spiffy stylings/accesories. (more…)
The first all-character poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron featured so many characters that it might has well have been a layout for “Where’s Waldo?”. In the time since, the Marvel marketing machine has been releasing individual posters for each of the characters in the star studded super sequel. Last leaving off with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, there’s really no human left to put their mug on a poster. Keyword there being “human”.
Marvel Studios has released a new character poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring the villain from the film, in all his robot glory. (more…)
Joss Whedon was recently interviewed by SFX magazine about his forthcoming release, Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s near-final cut. In true Whedon fashion, he offered a bunch of thoughts on where the characters are at when this film takes place and the kinds of struggles they’re dealing with – the kind of depth we’ve come to love from this auteur. The context is great, especially in light of the third movie trailer released this past Tuesday (which already has almost 11 million hits on YouTube). What does he think about the film, the performances, the editing thus far? Let’s find out! (more…)