- 08-27-14 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Jeez, can we get Avengers: Age of Ultronout of the way before we start hyping Captain America 3?
No. Alright then.
So while out promoting the upcoming home video and digital release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-director Anthony Russo, who filmed Winter Soldier with his brother Joe, teased some of the stuff they were looking at doing in the third part of the franchise, which is due in theaters in 2016. No specifics were offered (obviously), but one can sense a definite twinge of excitement in the director about what he and his brother have in store: the introduction of new characters, the redemption of old ones, and maybe *gasp* an ending? Read on…. (more…)
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…)
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…)
- 07-16-14 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
It’s been raining Avengers: Age of Ultron news this week! Following up on the release of it’s Avengers cover, including the first ever look at Ultron himself, earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has released a further eight photographs featuring stills from the film and behind the scenes glimpses at the production. Below you will see nothing terribly spoilery, just some Avengers in action, a couple of new frenemies and a surprise guest. Let’s take a look at your first official set of production photos from the Avengers sequel. (more…)
There are two different classes of Jason Bourne movies: the Paul Greengrass-directed action classics (Supremacy, Ultimatum) and the “Other Two” (Identity, Legacy). It really isn’t that Doug Liman’sThe Bourne Identityis bad, it’s just that Greengrass helped usher in a new style of chaotically shot and cut actions films with his as-hated-as-it-is-loved “shaky-cam” style (Legacy, on the other hand, is undeniably terrible). However, the one constant that runs through the quality Bourne films is Matt Damon, whose performance as the memory-wiped super assassin proved that he could shake his seemingly typecast “nice guy” persona and mold a character that, for the time, felt distinctly outside of his comfort zone.
In what seems to be a continued disregard for the mental well-being of Jeremy Renner (whose turn as faux-Bourne in the still financially successful Bourne Legacy is merely passable at best), Matt Damon has now said he’d be “open” to reprising the role. Only he has a few stipulations for the studio in order to get him back in the super spy saddle.
- 09-30-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
For The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer/director Joss Whedon has a lot of proverbial plates that he’s going to have to keep spinning. Not only are there the original six Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. characters like Nick Fury and Maria Hill involved so far, but the sequel will add the villainous robot Ultron and rumored new Avengers, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. So when we’re talking about 11 characters minimum in the film, it’s going to be tricky for any one of them to take the spotlight.
But in Whedon we trust, right? And according to the filmmaker, he’s going to give a couple of members of the team their fair due in the upcoming superhero sequel. If you’re a fan of either the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) or Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), this one’s for you. In an interview with Nerd HQ, Whedon said that the Widow is going to play a big part in the sequel:
The big Avengers movie news at SDCC 2013 Saturday was Joss Whedon’s announcement of the new title for the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ultron is a long time Avengers villain, one Whedon was “amazed” that some fans didn’t expect. Although the sequel has the same title of a storyline used in the comics, Whedon explains that this will be a different story and not a direct adaptation.
Check out the Marvel LIVE! video interview below and join me on the other side to discuss the major points.
Whedon talked about the title “Age of Ultron” and what fans can and can’t expect from the story:
Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.
Does this mean that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)will be the creator of Ultron and not Hank Pym? Will Ultron be an incarnation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. program gone bad? Throw in the armor making capabilities and you’ve got some serious problems on your hands. Whedon danced around it but just read between the lines:
We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.
For many fans, Whedon’s words about Hawkeye and the character’s role in Avengers: Age ofUltron is the best news. Many were disappointed, including Jeremy Renner, with the fact that Hawkeye spent the majority of The Avengers movie possessed by Loki. Whedon had this to say about Hawkeye’s screen time:
Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.
No Hank Pym though, I guess it makes sense considering that the Edgar WrightAnt-Man movie is scheduled for release after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Word is that both Hank Pym and Scott Lang (Who stole the Antman suit, then later became the hero.) will appear in the Antman movie. That doesn’t mean we might not get a glimpse of Pym in the Avengers sequel, and we can’t rule out a cameo or Easter egg.
When that teaser bit shown at the Marvel Panel that Whedon talks about in the beginning of the video hits the Internet, we’ll bring it to you here.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theater screens May 1st, 2015 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Mark Ruffalo.
The character of Hawkeye, while he may be one of the less memorable moments of the two Marvel films he’s starred in so far, has still become somewhat of a familiar face. Or rather, Jeremy Renner’s face has become familiar. But that may not be for much longer, for if “sources” are to be believed, the actor-archer is not only absent from Marvel’s Phase 2, but Hawkeye may also be transferring to television – albeit with a different actor holding the bow.
So why all the changes? Some are saying that Renner’s big mouth may be the cause of his being phased out of Phase 2. When talking to Total Film, he had these words for his fans:
For 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses … I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.
It looks like his negative comments, however truthful they may be, could have pissed Marvel execs off. After all, you don’t want the actors in your movies talking smack about them and potentially hurting future ticket/DVD sales right? Just smile and nod and praise Kevin Feige, Jeremy and everything will be just fine.
If the rumors of his departure are true, it may also be true that the character of Hawkeye will be picked up by a fresh face and possibly transferred to Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a regular. Seeing as how there are plenty of other characters to choose from for upcoming films (perhaps even a few that have the potential for a film of their own), it’s not difficult to see Marvel shifting the semi-popular character over to television. Hell, maybe him and (Green) Arrow could go even go out for drinks some time, eh?
Tommy Wirkola did a great job directing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.The movie was full of action packed fun and the stars, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, had great chemistry on screen, but somehow it never captured the American movie going audience’s attention .
Renner’s run with The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy were thought by the producers, to be a draw for the re-imagined fairy tale, but instead, Witch Hunters got panned by critics and grossed at what best could be called modest $205 million dollars in worldwide box office earnings. So what we can only conclude was a drunken sugar binge decision by Paramount and MGM, a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel is on the way.
The decision for a sequel may be due to the film reaching the $200 million dollar mark, but Deadline has confirmed that a number of the film’s producers expected a much bigger return, producers including Beau Flynn, comedian Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. Currently there’s no plot , no title, and no time-frame for shooting the sequel, and even the return of writer-director Wirkola and stars Jeremy and Gemma are still up in the air. Seeing as the film didn’t do as good as their respective studios thought it would, the idea of doing sequel might be a bit of a turn off for the film’s stars.
Perhaps they can still pull it off when the movie is released and profits from the Blu-ray and DVD sales are added to the mix. Until then it’s best to keep an open mind, but this could easily end up as a straight to DVD feature starring Thomas Mann‘s sidekick character before you know it.
- 02-06-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
The Avengers may have been the biggest movie of 2012 at the box office, but when it came to Oscar love it got a total of one nomination for Best Visual Effects. Now giving The Avengers recognition in this category is a bit like saying apple pie is the best tasting apple-flavored dessert, but for a consolation prize, the Oscars are giving what fans really want: a reunion of the Avengers themselves.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning that several, though sadly not all, of the main Avengers cast will take part in an awards presentation at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on February 24. Sadly, it seems as though Black Widow and Thor – or at least their portrayers Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth – are unavailable, but this is honestly the closest thing we’ll get to a sequel till 2015.
The Avengers men. In formal wear. Handing out awards. To other people. I can picture it now.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast mates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will present together on the Oscar stage, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are happy to re-unite the ‘Avengers’ cast to present on our show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Audiences who enjoyed the year’s biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again.”
Downey has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in “Chaplin” (1992) and for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder” (2008).
Evans, who will be making his first Oscar show appearance, will be seen in the upcoming “The Iceman.”
Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” He can also be seen in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Django Unchained.”
Renner was nominated for his leading role in 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” and for his supporting role in “The Town” (2010). Renner had roles in this year’s “The Bourne Legacy” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011).
Ruffalo received his first nomination for his supporting role in 2010 Best Picture nominee “The Kids Are All Right.”
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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