- 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.
While Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t the stunning “marvel” fans expected, many people liked the connection between Steve Rogers and British agent, Peggy Carter. Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell both played their roles wonderfully, but with Cap’s forced cryogenic freeze and revival in the 21st century we never got to see what could have been – and we never will.
Viewers of The Avengers deleted scenes will know Peggy is alive and well, just a little old for Rogers. He might not want to show her his bald eagle is what I’m getting at. Unless Hayley is willing to undergo some prosthetic facial work for Captain America: The Winter Soldier her cameo is non-existent and will require recasting by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. According to TimeOut however, Atwell will have no part in The Winter Soldier whatsoever.
Now this isn’t due to casting issues or scheduling conflicts with Atwell, she simply will not return. Hit the jump for her response. (more…)
The Red Band trailer for Hanzel and Gretelhas hit the Internet and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title brother and sister that, after escaping the first witch they encountered as children, turn to hunting witches to earn a living. The movie takes place 15 years after that fateful day at the gingerbread house of Grimm’s Fairy Tale.
Yes, it’s silly, but the trailer is packed with dry humor and action. This just might be the modern look at an ancient fairy tale that actually captures the hearts of modern audiences.
The movie lights up movie screens on January 11th, 2013.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Will this movie be good fun or just another Van Helsing disaster?
- 08-21-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Jeremy R! Hudson
Want to see Captain America struggle with a parachute? Ever wonder what it would have been like had Alan Rickman played Loki? Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the 4 minute gag reel from the Avengers and damn it is actually funny. No only are we treated to the likes of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston,Clark Gregg, and Mark Ruffalo being hilarious. We also see Cobie Smulders being really freakin hilarious. PLUS more Hawkeye/Jeremy Renner screen time than the actual film!
Paramount has seen fit to make an adaptation of the old folk tale Hansel and Gretel, but with an edgier twist. It’s called Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and it stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular characters, though a bit older than most might remember them from childhood stories.
These sorts of movies tend to bounce back and forth between the “R” and the “PG-13” ratings as producers decide whether or not they want to appeal to a wider, younger audience or just stick with some serious blood, guts and violence. Often this struggle ends with the more family-friendly (and thus watered-down) version making the grade, which can spell disaster. Just watch the atrocity that is 2004’s Van Helsing if you don’t believe me.
Reports say that Paramount has decided to take the grittier “R” route, so it looks like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be getting the full treatment. Expect witches to be dying in proper fashion with an appropriate amount of gore. Who knows, there may even be some boobies thrown in as a bonus!
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is currently set to release at the beginning of next year on January 11th.
The fine people at Universal have brought us another look at the upcoming re-launch of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. There are also some new indications as to where the plot’s going in this new film, which subs Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne for Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross.
Combining old and new characters, it seems that The Bourne Legacy follows Cross as he tries to outrun the government’s attempt to wipe out the last dregs of Treadstone. There also seems to be some significant overlap between Legacy, and the last film, The Bourne Ultimatum, with some clips and scenes from the previous film edited into the story.
So what’s next with the story of Bourne and friends? Let’s role the video tape…
Synopsis: The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
The Bourne Legacy will be out in theaters on August 3rd.
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