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The Avengers

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Much is owed to Joss Whedon. He gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he gave us Firefly, and with only his second film as director, he gave us The Avengers. Of course, The Avengers would have been a success without Whedon, but how big of a success would it have been? And would the film have been as good if not for Whedon’s wicked sense of characterization and awesome quips? I doubt it. Whedon held a lot of sway on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from The Avengers through other Phase 2 films, the hiring of James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy, the launch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and finally last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. But now, Whedon says he’s done. Like, DONE done. (more…)

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Ant-Man may have marked the end of Marvel‘s Phase Two, but now that everything is released on video, including the the limited edition, Amazon exclusive, Phase Two Blu-Ray box set, it really feels like we’re officially in Phase Three. Before you know it, we’ll be posting articles and reviews about the newly released Captain America: Civil War, talking about how amazing it was. But life is too short to be rushing into Phase Three. Let’s take a moment first to enjoy some of the moments in Phase Two. Especially as some new material and sneak peeks into the future were just released with the Amazon exclusive Blu-Ray set. Perhaps the most exciting new material is a deleted scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron where Thor and Vision have a prolonged fight. Let’s watch, shall we?

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)

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If there’s any one thing The Avengers – and its subsequent sequel – got right, it was The Hulk. The big, raging green monster has seen a few on-screen iterations in his near 60 year history, making giant (Hulk-sized) leaps in his visual appearance each time. Long behind are the days when bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno bathed in a vat of green paint and went stomping around looking all surly and shit. It feels like ages ago when audiences were forced to endure a poorly CG-rendered (and grossly oversized) Hulk in Ang Lee’s Hulk movie. Visual effects did get significantly better in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, with a more polished, detailed and believable on-screen design. But it wasn’t until  The Avengers that The Hulk reached visual perfection. The character finally got a digital rendering that was treated with respect and reverence to how he looked in the comics, yet managed to be hyper-realistic enough to (almost) make audiences forget they were seeing a computer-generated character.

I say all this because if there was ever a time to pick up a collectible Hulk figure – and there’s hundreds of them out there –  it would be now. And that figure would be HOT TOYS 1/6th scale Hulk collectible figurine from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The best Hulk ever gets the best figure ever.

Sideshow Collectibles was kind enough to send us one for review. Sufficed to say, it’s SMASHING! (mark that as the last time a Hulk pun will be used in this review) (more…)

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In this golden age of TV, actors know that the prime rib, truly challenging acting work can be found on television, and not necessarily at the cinema. So whenever you get news like this, news that an acclaimed and accomplished character actor is taking a role in an ongoing drama series, you know its going to be good. So where will Powers Boothe be turning up next? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., of course. In a world full of cyborgs, super-powers and Inhumans, what could possibly be scarier to Director Phil Coulson and his ragtag crew of super agents than the dulcet tones of Powers Boothe? Nothing. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)

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Remember when the internet was set a flutter in the months before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron with all the news about all the cameos that will be found there in? Of course you don’t, you’re still wallowing in the disappointment over the finished film. One of the things you may be disappointed about is the lack of appearance of Loki, the villain of the first Avengers film played by Tom Hiddleston. While talking about his new film, Crimson Peak, Hiddleston was asked about what happened, and why it turned out that Loki was cut from the film. The actor gave the following honest answer. (more…)

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With just a couple of days left until the October 2nd DVD/BluRay release date for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron one would expect Marvel/Disney to ramp up their massive marketing machine for one push at consumers. We’ve seen one gag reel already and now we’ve got another. Many of the actors during the press junket talked about how loose and fun Whedon keeps the set and now we’ve got proof. (more…)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on DVD and Blu-ray later this week, and while we all jauntily marched to the theater back in May to watch it, we eagerly anticipate the home video of release of the film to get a look at those deleted scenes. Everyone’s been pretty upfront that the original cut of Ultron was much longer, and watching the movie it’s easy to note that it’s missing a few things that were cut for brevity. So now we’ll be able to check out what was cut out, and one of those scenes in question is the one included below. (more…)

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One has to think, on the set of a film with as many explosions and serious “end of the world” moments as the average comic-book movie features, the cast has to fool around with each other a little bit in between takes in order to not go crazy, right?  Well, it looks like Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was no exception to that rule during filming, and now we get a little glimpse of the madness, via a short blooper reel released ahead of the movie’s home-video premiere.

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