Comic book fans know that the line-up of the Avengers is constantly changing. There are always new heroes coming in, or going out, or coming back after an unexpected absence, the Avengers are like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get. Avengers: Age of Ultron ends in a change in the line-up, which maybe a spoiler, but the movie’s been advertised as introducing three new characters who are well-established Avengers, so that part’s not necessarily surprising. What is surprising though, in a new revelation from writer/director Joss Whedon, is that he had in mind two more additions to the new Avengers line-up. If only he could have got the rights! (more…)
A comment by Idris Elba, who plays Heimdall, started the rumors flowing last year when he let it slip that he had filmed an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. While Heimdall does show up in the sequel, it has been confirmed now that Loki does not; you can find his cameo on the cutting room floor. But why, why deprive us of our Loki? Director Joss Whedon explained the decision to MTV News. (more…)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – It’s the Kitchen Sink of Superhero Movies, But Still A Lot of Fun
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…)
Joss Whedon maybe god of the nerd movie universe right now having written and directed The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s not infallible. Last week in a BuzzFeed interview, he talked about his miscalculations in co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but now he’s pondering whether Marvel made the right call when letting Daredevil go to series on Netflix rather than work to develop a Daredevil feature film. That may come as surprise to all those who a) have been loving Netflix’s Daredevil since it first hit the air several weeks ago, and b) have appreciation for Whedon’s own accomplished TV work. So what is the filmmaker’s justification for wanting Daredevil on the big screen? (more…)
One of the most poignant moments of 2012’s The Avengers was when everyman S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg was killed in action while trying to stop Loki’s escape. It’s pivitol because Coulson’s death glavanized the team to put aside their own damage and fight the good fight to defeat Loki and his alien army; it was a bittersweet moment, but it defined what it mean to be an Avenger. And then ABC was looking to make a series called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it needed an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to lead them, so Gregg got the call and Coulson came back from the dead. Naturally, the guy that killed Coulson in the first place, wasn’t pleased. (more…)
I’m not sure if this a violation of franchise/franchisee confidentiality, but recently Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, talked about Ant-Man. Before there was The Avengers, before there was even an Iron Man, Ant-Man was slowly gathering steam under the direction of Edgar Wright, the filmmaker most famous for the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. Wright’s years of toil were about to pay-off when, all of a sudden, he was out and Peyton Reed was in as Ant-Man director. Jesus wept, and so did the internet, because we were now robbed of the presumptive awesomeness of Wright’s Ant-Man. But Marvel Studios told us to chill, and now, Whedon himself is saying that from what he’s read, we’re right to miss what would have been Wright’s vision for the character. (more…)
There was a big Avengers: Age of Ultron Press conference in London earlier today with a big chunk of the cast including director Joss Whedon, and thanks to HeyUGuys, we’ve got the full conference on video. For those of you that have never attended a press conference or roundtable, they are a collection of fantastic, boring, nutty, and confusing questions that tend to spark some pretty silly answers from the actors involved. Hidden amongst all those examples are a few questions and answers that offer some great insights into the characters and possible future projects.
Rumor hit the Internet yesterday that the first five seconds of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer will be leaked by the film’s director Zack Snyder tomorrow at 9am. Just an hour before the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim kicks off. Read on to find out why I’m personally excited about this as well as get more details on the trailer. Feel free to yell at me in the comments about how Batman isn’t that great. Fight me IRL, I don’t care. With any luck, this is going to be a bloodbath. (more…)
Avengers: Age of Ultron launches into theaters in less than a month. While it will surely be the mega hit of the summer, there is a sense of nervousness that it won’t live up to its predecessor.
The general public will be able to decide its merits on May 1st. Last night, however, AOU went live in the form of a critics screening. While everyone’s full takes are embargoed until the premier, Twitter however, remains grounds for some early commentary. Fans will be delighted to know that the movie is apparently as awesome as everyone hoped. However, there are a few negative nellys that have called out some early suspected flaws.
The preview covers for Entertainment Weekly‘s coverage of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron have hit the Internet and include the first full frontal Vision. That’s right, Paul Bettany‘s gone Full “Vision” Monty. (more…)