AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Story Details Revealed; Ultron is Tony Stark’s ‘Bad Son’

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Hopefully you haven’t had enough Avengers: Age of Ultron yet because there’s still more information about the film coming in.  So far today we’ve told you about Paul Bettany‘s rendition of Vision and a bit about how Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will fit into the film, but now we’ve got a little more on the main antagonist, James Spader‘s Ultron, and some rather spoiler-heavy story details as well.

It’s a little surprising that so much Avengers news is hitting just about a week before Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, but perhaps all of this information will pertain to and possibly enhance the footage they’re planning to show in Hall H on Saturday.  Hit the jump for more.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Origin Story for Vision Will Stay Close to the Comics [Updated]

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With EW pumping out so much info about Avengers: Age of Ultron, I’m wondering if anything other than footage will be left for the people who camped outside for twelve hours to get into Hall H for Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation.  Yesterday we learned more about the plot of the movie and got nine new images including a first look at the film’s villain, Ultron (voiced by James Spader).  EW’s Comic-Con issue also contains more about the movie including the story behind one of its new characters, Vision (Paul Bettany).  For those who don’t know, in the comics Vision is an android created by Ultron, and while he was intended to fight the Avengers, he eventually teamed up with the superhero team to battle his creator.

It looks like the Avengers: Age of Ultron Vision origin story isn’t going to stray too far from the source material.  Hit the jump for more, and click here for Joss Whedon‘s thoughts on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth OlsenAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: We've added quotes from Downey Jr. regarding The Vision to the article as well.]

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Avengers Tower, Iron Man vs. Hulk, and More

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Yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked a bit about Ant-Man and hiring Peyton Reed to direct.  Today, after screening two minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige spoke with IGN about the highly-anticipated film.  The reel included director Joss Whedon talking about Avengers Tower, and there was also some pre-viz of Iron Man fighting Hulk.  Feige elaborated on both of these aspects.

Hit the jump for more, and click here to get a first official look at Ultron and learn new plot details.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.

Stan Lee Confirms AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Cameo, Offers Advice for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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These days, comics legend Stan Lee might be known more for his Marvel movie cameos than his creation of the self-same heroes seen in the flesh on the big screen.  With the latest news that Lee just wrapped his cameo in Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, that status isn’t likely to change.  This past year has been relatively slow for Lee’s acting career, especially since the previous 13 years saw him cameo in 17 different movies.  And with Lee’s 92nd birthday coming up at the end of this year, he shows little sign of slowing down.  He even reached across the comic book aisle to offer up some advice to Zack Snyder’s DC superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Hit the jump for that and more.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Andy Serkis Working Closely with Mark Ruffalo for Performance Capture

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Andy Serkis has appeared in some of recent history’s biggest films, though audiences rarely get to see his face.  He turned in an iconic performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, is stealing scenes as Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes films, and even took on one of cinema’s biggest monsters in Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake.  If that wasn’t good enough, Serkis is now working on a pair of highly anticipated films: Star Wars: Episode VII and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  While we don’t know exactly what roles he’ll be performing in either film just yet, Serkis recently commented on the type of work he’ll be doing.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Rumors: The Look of Ultron, Avengers Tower, the Costumes, and More

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Almost ever Marvel movie thus far has changed up the heroes’ costume.  They’ve ranged from major changes like the Mach XVII armor from Iron Man 3 to subtle ones like Black Widow’s catsuit from Iron Man 2 adding color to the belt buckle in The AvengersAvengers: Age of Ultron will continue this tradition with new additions to the outfits that will provide more of a team dynamic.  JoBlo reports that all new costumes will be adorned with the Avengers “A” logo, including “Hulk’s ‘extendable’ pants (dark purple in color) that expand and shrink with his Hulk/Banner transitions.”

Hit the jump for more details on the Avengers: Age of Ultron costumes, the Avengers Tower, the Quinjet, and the look of the film’s big bad, Ultron (voiced by James Spader).  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Mark RuffaloAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  [Minor spoilers ahead]

Joss Whedon Comments on the Current State of Superhero Movies, Including His Own Upcoming Film AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Is the movie marketplace reaching its superheroic saturation point, or is the cinematic world of comicbook adaptations just getting started?  This question is at the core of many a movie-theater lobby discussion and/or film major’s senior thesis.  It’s also the question posed recently to Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director, Joss Whedon.  Ever the master of dichotomic dialogue, Whedon’s answers walked the line between denigrating the mindless smash-em-up action of the populace-pleasing genre films and applauding the esoteric approach to well-known caped crusaders.  Rather than choose one extreme over the other, he seems to land somewhere in that gray middle-ground, and by extension, that’s where we can expect his next big Marvel team-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron to live as well.  Hit the jump for his comments.

AVENGERS 2 Story Details May Reveal the First 20 Minutes of the Film

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We still have a little under a year to go before the highly anticipated Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, but before we’ve seen a frame of footage, it appears that plenty of plot details from the pic have already landed online.  Thus far, we really don’t know much about writer/director Joss Whedon’s follow-up.  The villain is Ultron (played by James Spader), he presumably does bad things, the Avengers must assemble, and Hydra will likely play some role in the film.  However, a new report that has been corroborated by a couple of other outlets purportedly reveals the events that occur in the first 20 minutes of the movie.

Though much of what is revealed here will likely be spoiled by the marketing campaign for the film (we saw plenty of the third act from The Avengers in the trailers), if you want to remain completely fresh, turn back now.  This is your official SPOILER WARNING.  Read the Avengers 2 spoilers at your own risk after the jump.

Mark Ruffalo Says Hulk Is “Bigger, More Complex” in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers provided the best big-screen adaptation of Bruce Banner/Hulk thus far, but he was evenly spaced out with the other Avengers.  But when The Hulk was let loose, he was a scene stealer.  He was so good that he reignited talk of wanting another stand-alone Hulk film.  While Marvel has yet to announce plans to give Hulk his own movie again, he will be getting a beefed up presence in Avengers: Age of Ultron according to Mark Ruffalo.

“[My role's] even bigger than last time,” says Ruffalo, “and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc.”  Hulk is so much more than smashing.  Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Over 60 Pictures of Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition at Discovery Times Square with Case Files, Experiments, S.H.I.E.L.D. Artifacts, and More

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Ever dreamed of being recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D.?  The new Avengers exhibition at Discovery Times Square is probably the closest you’ll get.  Marvel Entertainment teamed up with Victory Hill Exhibitions to create Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), an immersive and interactive experience that explores the science behind the Avengers and tests whether or not you yourself have what it takes to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..

The computer systems weren’t fully functional during our visit, but we did get the opportunity to check out the slew of case files, weapons and suits on display, and test out select operational stations including the Captain America grip strength test, Hulk DNA gamma radiation reader and more.  When the exhibit is completely up and running, guests will receive cards with scan codes, which will keep track of their results as they move from station to station.  Upon completing your S.H.I.E.L.D. training, you’ll get a personalized certificate to take home.  Check out our pictures from the exhibit below (including loads of reflections of yours truly) and experience Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. for yourself when it officially opens on Friday, May 30th.

Hugh Jackman Dreams of Joining The Avengers and Fighting the Hulk as Wolverine

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In a perfect world, costumed heroes and villains would leap off of the pages of comic books fully realized in order to carry out their eternal struggles on movie screens, regardless of copyright issues.  The Avengers could welcome Wolverine and Spider-Man with open arms, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch could freely flaunt their mutant powers along with their heritage, and Deadpool could drop in anywhere he damn well pleases.  As it stands now, none of this is going to happen since various studios own the rights to different Marvel characters (and in some cases specific aspects of those characters).  That’s not stopping Hugh Jackman from dreaming, however.  In a recent interview for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman daydreamed about a future where Wolverine could join The Avengers and even fight the Hulk.  (Be careful what you wish for!)  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talk GODZILLA, the Positive Reviews, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  They talked about their favorite moments from shooting Godzilla, going to Japan to promote the movie and the country’s culture that embraces its mythology, their reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time, the positive reviews, and more.  Of course with Olsen and Taylor-Johnson currently working on Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, they also talked about working with Whedon, the set photos, singing multi-picture deals with Marvel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talk AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Working on the Accents, Thoughts on the Set Photos, and More

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Trying to get any cast member on Avengers: Age of Ultron to talk about the movie is like getting blood from a stone.  They discuss the film so carefully you almost feel like they’re being followed around by a sniper with a tranquilizer gun just in case something slips.  But when you get an interview with not one but two Avengers at the same time, you have to at least try.

At the press day for Godzilla, Steve spoke with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  In Godzilla, they play husband and wife, but in Avengers 2, they play siblings Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson).  The two spoke about the upcoming superhero film as delicately as they could, and touched on joining the cast, feeling like the new kids on the block, working on the Eastern European accents, working with Joss Whedon, their thoughts on the set photos, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and Making “Everything a Robot Never Is”

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In the comics, the villain Ultron has lots and lots of powers, and I doubt all of them will be making it into Avengers: Age of Ultron.  But beyond his superpowers, there’s the question of his personality.  Writer-director Joss Whedon is clearly relishing the chance to bring this unique baddie to the screen, and he spoke with Empire about the experience.  “I’m having a blast with Ultron,” Whedon said. “He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”  When Whedon lays out the character like this, it makes me even more excited that they got James Spader to do the voice.

Hit the jump for more on what Whedon had to say beyond talking about the Avengers 2 villain.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Thomas KretschmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Science Bros. Reunite in Mark Ruffalo’s Set Photos from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON [Updated]

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In the multitude of seemingly infinite memes, I quite enjoy this one taken from the end of The AvengersRobert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo had fun chemistry with Tony Stark playing fast and loose and Bruce Banner going humble and reserved.  And you can’t keep a good pair of science bros. down as Ruffalo has tweeted a couple images from set of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Obviously, these images aren’t revealing, but they’re still fun, and hopefully we’ll get more as production continues.

Hit the jump to check out Ruffalo’s Avengers 2 images, which includes an image of a Black Widow prizefighter robe (make it merch, Marvel).  The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Thomas KretschmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: Downey Jr. has gotten in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of his own from the set that amusingly highlights the Avengers assembled.]

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