One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3. (more…)
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Clint Barton made his first comic book appearance as Hawkeye, playing a reluctant villain in Tales Of Suspense back in 1964. He met the Black Widow and together they tried to steal some tech from Tony Stark, but Clint would soon decide against the criminal life and go straight. A year later, he joined the Avengers and eventually commanded his own team of West Coast Avengers. Though he never made it to the top shelf in the aisle, he was always prominent among ace cards like Captain America and Thor. His cinematic debut was a cameo in ‘Thor’ as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent played by Jeremy Renner. Renner reprised the role in the incredible blockbuster hit ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and that was the last we saw of Hawkeye. We’re planning on seeing him again in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron,’ but will it stop there until ‘Avengers 3?’ Renner doesn’t think so. (more…)
Marvel is just winning all over the place this week. Fans (and likely the studio heads) of the comic book publisher/movie studio cheered when the ridiculous box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy were reported on Monday; they cheered even more uproariously when Warner Bros. flinched with respect to the release date of Batman v. Superman, which was also held by Marvel’s Captain America 3 until yesterday when WB decided to change dates. Still, with all of this excitement, Joss Whedon managed to up the still take it to the next level with this simple tweet: (more…)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron news continues to trickle out of SDCC14 as the show progresses. We’ve got a better look at Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) new ride, and the Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) posters. Those posters form a huge banner depicting the Avengers fighting Ultron’s droid army. Find out what they look like when pieced together! (more…)
Although the first Avengers film had plenty of action and was loads of fun, a couple of things that some feel it didn’t have enough of were The Hulk and Hawkeye. Aside from the travesty that was the 2008 Incredible Hulk film, neither of these two characters has gotten a movie of their own, despite cries from fans. Now, it appears as if Marvel Overlord Kevin Feige has heard the wail of the masses, proclaiming that both characters will see expanded roles in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron. (more…)
It’s that time of year folks, when the rain begins to slow, the flowers begin to bloom and the folks at Disney/Marvel shoot the next big Avengers flick. Earlier today we had some sneaky video from the Avengers: Age of Ultron set to show you. And now, a closer look at what we can expect from some of the film’s characters. Scroll down to check out the close-up pics of Ultron, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. (more…)
Joss Whedon has mentioned it before, but we finally have visual confirmation that early animatics and scripts for The Avengers did in fact feature the female superhero, Wasp. Among other major changes from the animatics, it seems Wasp was cut completely from the film, and only seemed to have a minor part as it was, along with a more comic-like costume for Hawkeye, and the fact that Loki was sent the “wrong army.”
In addition to the early write up of the “Avenger Assemble” scene, there are also a few other animatics; one demonstrating a different introduction of Iron Man, that used some of the same scenes as the Iron Man- Thor fight scene (the tree spot, in particular), another putting Tony in the opening “tunnel collapse” scene, and the last is a slightly altered version of the scene between Stark and Loki in Stark Tower.
These scenes are definitely Iron Man centric, so I understand why they were cut from the final script, but these are fun watches nonetheless. It’s clear that the best of each clip made it into the movie, but it’s always fun to wonder how the movie would have turned out, had they actually included these scenes in the movie. Do you see anything that you wish would have been used in the final film?
While we are still unsure of what films Marvel has planned after 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel President Kevin Feige has confirmed the fate of a property that we haven’t heard much about in a while, and the fact that it won’t be in their 2016-2017 line-up, as well as what WILL be showing up in their future films.
First, let’s talk about some things that we WILL be seeing. I don’t know about you, but when I started hearing about Marvel’s Phase 2, I kept wondering “Where’s Hulk?” Mark Ruffalo was an enjoyable part of The Avengers, and hasn’t yet gotten a movie based solely on himself, since he took over the role of Bruce Banner, but it seems like Marvel’s President is in the same boat. When asked about whether or not they were going to take another shot at The Hulk in a solo flick, Feige responded, “I think we have something special with our Mark Ruffalo Banner, and we’d love to see where we could take his stories,” so, hopefully, that’s a bit a good news for any Hulk fans out there. If we don’t get a solo Hulk movie, Feige has confirmed that the green giant will play a “significant role” in The Avengers‘ sequel.
And, speaking of “significant roles,” it’s also been confirmed that Hawkeye, portrayed Jeremy Renner, is planned to have a much bigger role as well, with Feige saying “Joss has a great storyline in mind for him that shows a deeper side and further fleshes out our favourite archer.” This is smart, as CW’s Arrow really seems to be taking off, so it isn’t like people can’t get into an archer among a cast of superheroes, and Renner has a lot to offer to the trick shotting SHIELD agent.
Despite this sequel focusing on The Avenger’s nemesis, Ultron, it seems that there is a small chance of using the villain to introduce its comic version’s creator Hank Pym, otherwise known as Ant-Man. While there are plans to make an Ant-Man movie in Marvel’s Phase 3, the scene is just too busy right now, as Feige sums it up by saying “There are three or four slots. We’ve got six or seven things going. We’ve got to choose which four will go. It’s a Battle Royale!” I’m hard pressed to disagree with that, as even just writing this article was a bit overwhelming, considering the many different directions in which the films are going.
When asked about Namor the Sub-Mariner, Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the aquatic hero have not yet reverted back to Marvel Studios, replying simply, “That’s at Universal.” So we will, unfortunately, not be seeing Narmor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. I don’t think there has really been much clamor for that film to be made, or for the character to be introduced, but I could be wrong. Anyone out there dying to see an underwater journey with Namor? Which movie or possibility of a movie are you looking forward to most out of Marvel’s line-up?
Good news for anyone who’s a fan of hot redheads that can kick your ass, because Avengers director Joss Whedon is saying that Black Widow, played by lovely Scarlett Johannson, will have a bigger role in the currently in development Age of Ultron.
“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises,” Whedon told MTV News.
Of course, Black Widow is hardly limited to The Avengers films, appearing next in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Whedon is still keen on Widow because of what she represents.
“Although she in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”
Whedon has previously said that he’d like to give both Black Widow and Hawkeye some more screen time in Avengers 2, but the question is between Ultron, and the rumored appearance of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which character or characters will get the short end of the stick in The Avengers sequel? Only time will tell.
What say you Bastards? Looking forward to more ScarJo?
Source: Comic Book Movie