Watch: Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained Through THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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When Marvel Studios kicked off its first independent production with Iron Man in 2008, few could have predicted that it would become the juggernaut that it is today.  “Marvel” is no longer just the company, it’s the brand name.  This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is much less of a risk than people might think; a “Marvel Movie” is a massive selling point in and of itself.  One of the benefits of the autonomy that Marvel Studios has enjoyed over the past few years is the ability to pepper its films with Easter Eggs that actually pay off, rather than ones that are just simply sly nods to the source material that never go anywhere (though there are a few of those too).  In celebration of this weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a video has been put together that points out every single Easter Egg in the Marvel films through Thor: The Dark World, from obvious ones like Cap’s shield in Iron Man to more obscure comics references.

Hit the jump to watch the Marvel Easter Eggs explained, and sound off in the comments if there are any that were missed. 

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.

Comic-Con: Footage from Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Panel Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and the Cast, with Special Appearance by Josh Brolin

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While I’d bet that you’ve already caught up on Matt’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage.  Let me tell you up front that, no, you won’t be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin FeigeRobert Downey Jr.Jeremy RennerMark RuffaloChris HemsworthCobie SmuldersSamuel L. JacksonChris EvansAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and James Spader.  As if that weren’t enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end.

Also starring Scarlett JohanssonAndy SerkisHayley AtwellDon Cheadle, and Thomas KrestchmannAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the panel footage.

Paul Bettany Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, The Vision, His Powers and Abilities, His Relationship to The Avengers, and More

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I never thought I’d see one actor play two characters within the cinematic Marvel universe, but if anyone can do it, Paul Bettany can.  As the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s constant AI companion since the first Iron Man film, Bettany is one of the longest standing members of the Marvel crew.  In Avengers: Age of Ultron Bettany steps into the shoes (or cape) of the Vision.  A newly created android who is somehow maybe sort of related to J.A.R.V.I.S. – unsurprisingly they weren’t telling us a whole lot in advance of Marvel’s Hall H panel.

Earlier today at Comic-Con I sat down for a group interview with Bettany about the Vision Age of Ultron.  He walked up to the table, pretending to read a message on his phone intently, “I’m just looking up something.  Yep, I can’t say anything.”  And while he remained pretty tight-lipped, dodging many questions with clever quips, he did talk about Joss Whedon’s passion for all things Marvel, James Spader’s Ultron, Vision’s abilities and powers, his relationship with the Avengers, his genitals (seriously), and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Showcases Scarlet Witch and Iron Man at San Diego Comic-Con

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Hot on the heels of Marvel’s reveal of their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster come two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Andy Park, who created the Ant-Man design, also produced this new look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), which debuts alongside an equally impressive Iron Man poster from artist Ryan Meinerding.  It suffices as a tease for what’s sure to be a cavalcade of Marvel goodies at San Diego Comic-Con.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames SpaderPaul 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, and click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America.

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.

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