Read Tom Hiddleston’s Thank You Letter to Joss Whedon for THE AVENGERS

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When you hit a certain level of fame, land a key role in the Marvel universe and are busy booking parts in some of the most highly anticipated movies the industry’s got to offer, it’s easy to start looking at that person as a big name star and losing sight of the humble, passionate and very thankful human being they really are.  Tom Hiddleston’s always been outspoken about his love of the Marvel films and given 100% when it comes to sharing the excitement with fans, but in case you need a reminder, you can find it in Joss Whedon: The Biography.

The book includes a letter Hiddleston wrote to Joss Whedon after reading Whedon’s draft of The Avengers for the very first time.  It’s funny, thoughtful, genuine, and will undoubtedly make you love the guy even more than you probably already do.  Hit the jump to read the letter in full.

Chris Hemsworth Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon’s Banter, Bringing in Quicksilver, and When He Shoots THOR 3

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After the epic Marvel panel this past Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Steve was able to speak with several cast members of the upcoming Avengers: Age of UltronChris Hemsworth is one of the more integral performers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, anchoring the Thor franchise and playing a key role in the Avengers, so naturally he was on the list.

After the footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron brought the house down (by all accounts) in Hall H, Steve caught up with Hemsworth to talk about the film’s balance of action with writer/director Joss Whedon’s patented banter.  He also addresses Ultron’s impact on the story, what it’s like having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the fold and when he’s shooting Thor 3.  Hit the jump for our Comic-Con interview with Chris Hemsworth.

Chris Evans Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the Great Joss Whedon Dialogue, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast left Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of them in the press room.  While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast.  You can watch my Paul Rudd and Mark Ruffalo interviews by clicking the links.

During the interview with Chris Evans, he talked about the process of making Avengers: Age of Ultron, the great Joss Whedon dialogue, if they’re going to address where the other Avengers were during their stand-alone movies, if he had one Avenger to help him out in Snowpiercer who would he pick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch what Chris Evans had to say at Comic-Con.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Comic-Con Panel Recap; New Footage “Got No Strings” but Plenty of Action

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This was the one.  There had been good panels on Saturday, but Marvel is always the one that drives people crazy.  They know how to put on a show.  People were hungry for this panel.  It was supposed to start at 5:30pm and when it started getting later, people were chanting, clapping, and at one point even attempted to do the wave (they failed miserably at that last one) as a way to pass the time and keep up energy until the panel.  There was a ridiculous amount of good will in this room, and eagerness for news.  At the very least, they would be getting some sweet, sweet new footage from one of 2015’s biggest films.  And yet that turned out not to be enough as the studio’s Comic-Con marketing backfired.

Hit the jump for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel recap.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Teases Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision at San Diego Comic-Con

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A few days back Marvel revealed their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster and two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Now we’ve got three additional posters that show off Quicksilver, Hawkeye and The Vision.  When combined with the two previously release posters of Scarlet Witch and Iron Man, they begin to form a more complete poster that is still in the process of being unveiled.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own.  Click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America and also here for Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. Hit the jump to take a look at the new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joss Whedon Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch; Reveals Whether They’re Friend or Foe

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And the Avengers: Age of Ultron goods just keep on coming.  After yesterday’s image debuts, this morning brought news concerning Paul Bettany’s version of The Vision in the Marvel sequel.  Now, continuing Entertainment Weekly’s extensive set visit coverage, we have thoughts from writer/director Joss Whedon and new additions Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  Whedon reveals which side we find the brother-sister duo land on and discusses their unique family dynamic, while the actors further talk about their iterations of the comics characters.  Hit the jump to read on, though be aware there might be minor spoilers (that will likely be revealed in the trailers anyway).

More AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Images Reveal Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and a Party in Avengers Tower

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It’s unofficial Avengers: Age of Ultron day, folks.  Fresh off our first look at the villainous robot Ultron and comments from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about the Joss Whedon-directed sequel, a batch of new Avengers: Age of Ultron images has arrived.  These photos reveal new Avengers additions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the triumphant return of Science Bros (aka Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo), and a little get-together in Avengers Tower with a surprise guest.  With Comic-Con on the horizon we can expect plenty more Avengers 2 goodness in the week to come—or even more later today.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Avengers: Age of Ultron images.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, and Don CheadleAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of the images.]

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Image Reveals the Villainous Robot; Joss Whedon Explains Ultron’s Motive and Origins

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is imminent, but the goodies have already begun to be unveiled.  In this week’s Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly, the first Avengers: Age of Ultron image is revealed in the form of a rather tantalizing cover that gives us a first look at the titular robot baddie.  Played by James Spader via performance capture, Ultron’s origins are actually rooted in Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, as he invents the artificially intelligent robot as a sort of replacement hero given his reluctance to keep donning the Iron Man suit.

Hit the jump to check out the full image and for much more info on Ultron and the plot of Age of Ultron straight from director Joss Whedon and Downey Jr.  And click here to see even more new images from Avengers 2.

What Will We See at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel This Year?

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The madness of San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and that means it’s speculation time.  Marvel is always a highlight of the event, and this morning the studio “announced” that its Hall H panel is set for Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm.  I say “announced” because the official description of the panel is as follows: “Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige and special guests will provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  That’s incredibly vague, but not altogether surprising given that Marvel loves to keep things under wraps.

However, even though no official Comic-Con announcements have been made, we actually have a pretty good idea of what the panel will entail.  Much more after the jump.

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.

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.

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.

IN YOUR EYES, Written by Joss Whedon and Directed by Brin Hill, Now Available to Rent on VOD

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This weekend, In Your Eyes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the opening scene was also released online.  The microbudget film, written by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, is “about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”  Rather than go through the old route of selling the indie for distribution, marketing it, and giving it an art house run, the filmmakers are embracing the new paradigm of not only VOD, but VOD directly to the consumer rather than going through prominent OnDemand services such as iTunes and Amazon.  They’re also breaking new ground by releasing a movie on VOD shortly after its film festival premiere, and Whedon made the surprise announcement following the screening.

Hit the jump to check out Whedon’s announcement video, and click here to rent In Your Eyes on Demand for $5.00 from Vimeo.

Watch the Opening Scene from Brin Hill and Joss Whedon’s IN YOUR EYES

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While Joss Whedon is currently directing the blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, he hasn’t forgotten about indie fare.  His previous film was the microbudget adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, and he also wrote the upcoming drama In Your Eyes.  Directed by Brin Hill, In Your Eyes is “about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.”  The opening scene has gone online, and if it’s focused on the younger versions of the two “polar opposities”, then this scene reveals their intriguing, supernatural connection.  Even though there is a supernatural twist, I almost got a Snow Angels vibe when it comes to an idyllic school environment being disrupted by a distant tragedy.  I’m definitely curious to check out more of this film.

Hit the jump to check out the In Your Eyes opening scene.  The film stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Mark Feuerstein (Growing Pains), and Abigail Spencer (Rectify).  In Your Eyes premieres this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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