Marvel News: Joss Whedon Talks about Ultron; Tyler Bates to Score James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

     August 21, 2013

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We have a few bits of Marvel news for you this afternoon.  In addition to talking about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss Whedon also touched on The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Specifically, he explained his vision for the eponymous baddie.  Per EW:

“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.”

If you want to know why Whedon needs to pare down Ultron’s abilities, read this list of powers he has from the comics.  Also, Whedon’s statement regarding Scarlet Witch comes pretty close to confirmation that magic is a part of the movie rather than the interpretation of her ability to “calculate and control probabilities”.  Hit the jump for some Guardians of the Galaxy news.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens April 1, 2015.

tyler-batesJames Gunn took to his Facebook page today to announce that he would be reteaming with Tyler Bates to score Guardians of the Galaxy.  Moreover, he’s using Bates’ music on set rather than waiting for post-production:

Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes huge chunks of the score first so that I can actually film to the music. During action scenes and huge dramatic moments we blare the score on set so that the cast, crew, and camera can move in harmony with the music. Music is often an afterthought in film, but never for us. And everything Tyler’s done so far has been amazing!

I’m surprised at how excited I’m getting for Guardians of the Galaxy, but this along with the footage I saw at Comic-Con is making the movie one of my most-anticipated of 2014.

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