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Even this age of consistent big event movies, it’s hard to think of anything as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first blockbuster Avengers was a minor miracle of form and function, taking three characters with their own film series, as well as a myriad of supporting characters, and brought them all together in a fun, action-packed and character-driven adventure that also reflected the specific voice of its filmmaker. Looking back, watching The Avengers unfold, Joss Whedon made it look too easy, which is why Ultron seems all the more susceptible to “sequelitis.” Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and even more stuffed with characters, references and action than the first, but while the endeavor seems at times to be getting away from Whedon, he does seem to achieve everything the movie needed, and wanted to do. (more…)

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It’s the lunch hour, so why not make some time to get stoked about the biggest comic book movie of all time (to date): Avengers: Age of Ultron. The internet’s been exploding the last several days with new clips and promotion of the Marvel Studios film, which remains two very anxious weeks away from release. But perhaps your desire for superhero fun and excitement can be fed with the following clips. The stars of Avengers were very busy yesterday with red carpets and talk show appearances, while the studio is busy releasing new scenes, and new advertisements to convince fans who were already excited about this project mere minutes after 2012’s The Avengers ended, why they should be even more excited.
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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…)

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The hype leading up to the May 1st release of Avengers: Age of Ultron has been building steadily since the first footage of pitch-perfect James Spader‘s Ultron was shown last year. It’s no surprise really, considering the phenomenal, well-deserved success of Joss Whedon‘s first crack at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Still, with the exhilarating footage they’ve already shown us, it’s great to see that Marvel wasn’t content to just sit on their cash-stained hands and phone it in for the inevitably colossal sequel. To further pump us up for the new trailer’s release on Thursday during the premier of ABC‘s American Crime, those sly costumed bastards over at camp Marvel snuck a few exciting pieces of new footage into a brief teaser for us.
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Ever since the SyFy channel unceremoniously cancelled Stargate Universe a couple of years ago, fans have been clamoring for more trips through the ‘gate to brand new worlds and to seek out new human life living like cultures gone for thousands of years…. But I don’t think this is what they wanted. However, the slings and arrows of franchise management are outside the control of mom and pop sci-fi nerds, and because a brand name is a brand name is a brand name, Stargate will be rebooted. At least an attempt will be made anyway. The endeavor is one step closer now though as news has reached the interweb that a pair of screenwriters have been hired to pen the franchise reboot. (more…)

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Marvel may not like sharing casting news until the ink is dry, but once things are rolling along, they certainly don’t mind sharing. This time Marvel has released a new set of Avengers: Age of Ultron production stills, most of which we’ve seen variations of before, but you know Marvel, there’s always some little nugget in there somewhere for fans to find, Ohh and Ahh about, and speculate to their heart’s content. Can you find it? (more…)

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There’s a story about how the normally jovial and kind-hearted Ian McKellen lost his cool in the first days of filming The Hobbit trilogy when he looked around the set and realized he was acting against a bunch of photos of actors attached to sticks standing in for dwarves. In case you’ve never tried it, acting with a bunch of faces on sticks isn’t easy, as acting against inanimate objects because of modern film technology is sometimes cumbersome to giving a human performance. But what if the character you’re playing isn’t human? Motion capture technology is the method that director Joss Whedon chose to bring the titular villain to life in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and according to Whedon, the outfit and the technology actually helped actor James Spader get in touch with his inner-robot. (more…)

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One might think that the powers that be over at Marvel would have been as bummed out as the Avengers in the picture above when their big Avengers: Age of Ultron marketing crossover plan for this Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode blew up in their faces. Nobody expected the trailer to be leaked almost an entire week early. At best we were hoping for a leak on Tuesday morning, wink-wink, say no more. We discussed what they might do in the trailer leak aftermath yesterday and it looks like we were right! (more…)

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After last night’s leak, and eventual official release by Disney of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that was supposed to be aired for the first time next Tuesday during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers fans have a lot of new Avengery things to discuss. Just getting a good look at the big screen version of Ultron played by James Spader would have been more than enough for most fans in one week, but now we’ve also got a few interesting comments Spader made about Ultron in a recent interview. (more…)

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It’s only one of the most anticipated movies of 2015. It’s also one of the most anticipated movies of the decade. Fans at San Diego and New York Comic Con have been lucky enough to see some of this already, but the wait was soon to be over, as last night it once announced that the next installment of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would feature the premiere of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Of course, as these things go in the modern age with the internet and all – Surprise! – this puppy leaked early. So if you have no impulse control and an itchy clicking figure, dig in now for your first look at the all new adventure of Marvel’s premiere super-team.

UPDATE: Marvel has thrown up their hands and gone ahead and released the official trailer, along with first official poster.

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