Mo-Cap Made Spader Feel Robotic Enough for ‘Ultron’

- 12-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

There Is A Reason Marvel Is Not Planning A ‘Hulk’ Solo Movie

- 12-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves. (more…)

James Gunn On Proposed ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ And ‘Avengers’ Crossover

- 12-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Ever since Marvel announced its release slate for the next five-years, everyone presumed it would eventually lead up to an Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover. James Gunn has been asked about this numerous times as of late, especially while he has been on the promotional circuit pushing the Blu-ray and dvd release of his film. In interviews, Gunn always comes across as being very protective of the world and characters he has created in Guardians Of The Galaxy, so when there are ever any questions about a crossword within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he always seems  pretty despondent about the whole concept of the Avengers and the Guardians teaming up. However, given that they are the Guardians of the Galaxy; it would make more sense to give Gunn more time for the fans to explore his characters and their motives in more detail, and to explore the Galaxy that they are protecting. Therefore, it’s understandable at this point in time that Gunn‘s mindset is nowhere near, even contemplating how the crossover is going to come about at this point in time. After all, he has only just recently started work on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  (more…)

Rumor Du Jour: ‘Avengers 2′ Reshoots To Include Benedict Cumberbatch Dr Strange Cameo?

- 12-11-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Will Marvel introduce their new Dr Strange, a.k.a Benedict Cumberbatch, in a post-credit Easter-egg role in a similar vein to the epic post-credit scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier? Now that  Benedict Cumberbatch has officially signed on to play the role of Doctor Strange, the latest rumors surrounding January’s pickup shots for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, is that those shots will include a cameo of Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. (more…)

Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Scarlet Witch defines scale of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

- 12-08-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is showing no signs of wavering just yet; with myriad parody trailers – from the George Lucas cut, to the Wes Anderson version – being churned out on a daily basis. So it’s nice to see some footage from other highly anticipated tent-pole films coming out next year – particularly if it happens to be a brief behind-the-scenes clip from Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. What is so great about this footage? …well, apart from its briefness, it’s the way in which it somewhat manages to demonstrate the actual scale of how colossal this mega-budgeted superhero film is actually going to be. From this thirty-one second clip, we can extrapolate the magnitude and scale of what has went into the second installment of The Avengers  – and just going by this, we are definitely going to be treated to an action-packed – Hulk-smashing – extravaganza. (more…)

How Long Until We Get A Full Trailer For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?

- 12-02-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The recently released teaser for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens is breaking Internet records for views, passing Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: The Age Of Ultron as the hottest teaser/trailer out there, but when can fans expect to see the first full length trailer? (more…)

Sign Posts on the Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

- 11-20-14Comics, Film Posted by Michileen Martin
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Though the two-part Avengers: Infinity War was announced only recently, those of us who recognized that ugly purple face in the first post-credits scene of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers have known it was coming. The seeds for Infinity War were planted early, and clearly Marvel isn’t done yet. Only three of the six legendary Infinity Stones have been revealed, while Thanos has appeared briefly in two Marvel Studios movies, he has yet to take a more active role, and we have a whole bunch of movies scheduled between Avengers: Age of Ultron and its 2018 sequel Avengers: Infinity War, Part I.

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Samsung Releases Extended ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer – New Footage!

- 11-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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There wasn’t much fanfare for it, but Samsung has just released an extended trailer for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron that includes new footage. You might have seen the behind the scenes footage we posted last night that will be showing up in the bonus material for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy DVD/Blu-Ray release. Take a look at both. (more…)

Extended Behind the Scenes ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ GOTG Bonus Cut Video

- 11-11-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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One of the bonus tracks on James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy DVD/Blu-ray release is this extended behind the scenes footage of Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You’d better get a look quick, there’s no telling how quickly Disney’s army of lawyers will pounce. (more…)

Marvel’s Hot on The Trail of Those Responsible For Leaking ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer

- 11-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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While fan response has been positive to Marvel‘s decision to “roll with it” when Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, that was scheduled to premiere during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was leaked online almost a week early, word around the Internet Water Cooler is that Marvel wants to continue to “roll with it.” Roll right over the person responsible for leaking the trailer and throwing a monkey wrench in Marvel’s cross promotion event with a ten ton Marvel steam roller. Marvel recently filed papers in a California Federal Court in an attempt to issue a subpoena on Google for information about the leaker. (more…)