Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers sequel was different from the first film, the look of the Vision, when he first started coming up with ideas for the sequel, the success of the Hulk in the first film, Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, James Spader, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Hot Toys Reveals Iron Man’s Mark XLIII Armor from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Since Tony Stark decided to do away with all of his Iron Man armor in Iron Man 3, the superhero needs a new suit, and he’ll have one for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hot Toys will have a line of new figures for the upcoming film, and they’re kicking it off with the Mark XLIII armor, which features a new paintjob that tries to find a fresh way to blend the gold, silver, and hot-rod red from the previous armors.  I wasn’t a big fan of the XLII armor from Iron Man 3, and this one is only a little better.  I guess I’m old fashioned in thinking the Mark III from Iron Man was the best in terms of design, and the colors here just don’t seem to go together all that well.  At least they’re sticking with the circular arc reactor rather than returning to the triangle from the Mark VI armor from Iron Man 2.

Hit the jump to check out the new Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man suit.  The figure will be available later this year, and the film opens May 1, 2015.

Josh Brolin Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson, How His Character Resists Change, and Playing Thanos In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Josh Brolin plays Detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice.  More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix‘s Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950′s that resisted the social changes of the 1960′s.  I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role.  We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Katherine WaterstonOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt’s review and urge you to see it ASAP.  Hit the jump for the interview.  A few mild spoilers await.

Josh Brolin Hints at the Future of Thanos in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR; Says “It’s Thanos Against Everyone”

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I just got back from the Inherent Vice junket in Los Angeles.  That film is absolutely wonderful, and I look forward to sharing full coverage with you soon (including the full text from the interview I pulled the following quotes from).  Josh Brolin, who plays a cop stuck in the past in Inherent Vice, spoke with us at length about the part and, along the way, dropped a few details regarding the direction of Thanos in the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

Hit the jump for Brolin’s comments on Thanos’ direction as a character, which ostensibly stretches up to the culmination of Avengers: Infinity War.  And be sure to tune back in later for our Inherent Vice coverage, which features Brolin as an entirely different kind of bruiser.  That film opens nationwide on January 9th.

Go Behind the Scenes of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with a New Featurette Showing off the Sequel’s Massive Scope

by     Posted 36 days ago

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Following today’s extended trailer, an Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette has been released, and it goes behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated blockbuster.  It’s very cool to see how the production puts together their big set pieces, and it was also neat to see some of the practical effects like real pyrotechnics going off in the background mixed with live-action stunt doubles being yanked around.  The featurette also reveals that they’re shooting in more distant locations than ever before (Italy, South Africa, and Seoul), the first sequence they shot was Hulk versus Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor, and to quote Joss Whedon, “Mass destruction: Check. Superheroes check: Check.  Beautiful locations: Check.”

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron featurette.  The film opens in 3D on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonChris HemsworthMark RuffaloJeremy RennerJames SpaderElizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis and Samuel L. Jackson.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Extended Trailer Shows Off New Footage

by     Posted 36 days ago

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The very first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been available for three weeks now, but it’s still not getting old so even though we’ve already seen a good deal of the material featured in this extended edition (possibly many times over), it’s nearly impossible not to get completely swept up in the action and that wildly catchy rendition of “I’ve Got No Strings” all over again.  But, of course, it is an extended edition so there is some new material in the mix as well, most of which comes in the beginning of the piece.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron extended trailer for yourself.  The film opens on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonChris HemsworthMark RuffaloJeremy RennerJames SpaderElizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon CheadleAndy Serkis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Idris Elba Reveals 2 Cameos in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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We’ve already got Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and then some, but apparently there’s still room for more in Avengers: Age of Ultron because it’s just been revealed that we’ve got two additional characters in the mix as well.

Their participation does come with plot spoilers so you’ll have to hit the jump if you want to check out the details.  Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015 and also stars James Spader, Paul BettanyDon Cheadle and Andy Serkis.  [Last warning!  There are spoilers in this article.]

Kevin Feige Talks Details on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, INHUMANS, and More

by     Posted 51 days ago

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Today, Marvel had a huge event where the company revealed all of the movies that will comprise Phase 3 and their release dates.  In addition to providing official titles for Captain America 3 and Thor 3 (Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok), the studio also officially announced long-awaited new titles such as Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans.

Following the Q&A, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige held a Q&A with reporters, and revealed plenty of new details regarding these upcoming movies.  Hit the jump for more.

Kevin Feige Says Avengers Roster Will Be Different at the End of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

by     Posted 51 days ago

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With so many Marvel heroes in play and contracts in flux, there’s been rumblings of possible alterations to the Avengers lineup and Kevin Feige just confirmed it.  During an on-set interview, Feige came right out and said that the Avengers roster will be different by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It’s already been reported that the events of Age of Ultron will have a huge impact on Captain America 3, so it seems likely that this new roster Feige is referring to could be the team Captain America is supposedly taking into his new film.  If that is the case and the lineup rumors are true, that group could consist of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and possibly The Vision (Paul Bettany).  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Ruffalo Talks More Hulk, Bruce’s Relationship with Tony, Fighting the Hulkbuster, The Vision, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

by     Posted 51 days ago

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  “Uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”  The film also stars  Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

While on set, I participated in a group interview with Mark Ruffalo.  He talked about Bruce’s relationship with Tony, fighting the Hulkbuster, The Vision, Bruce’s relationship with Black Widow, what Scarlet Witch brings to the table, whether Hulk has any cool one-liners, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what he had to say.

James Spader Says AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Titular Villain Is a “Powerful, Smart Child” and “Batshit Crazy”

by     Posted 56 days ago

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Yesterday, fans finally got a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron (click here for screengrabs from the trailer), which was dominated by James Spader voicing the eponymous, evil robot.  The highly-anticipated sequel looks much darker than the first, and obviously a large part of that comes from an intimidating villain.  If audiences are going to buy Ultron as a true threat—and, let’s face it, someone as charismatic as Loki—then it’s going to come from Spader.

Thankfully, the actor has a strong understanding of how he sees the character, and how he’ll bring the Avengers’ foe to life.  Hit the jump for what Spader had to say.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerElizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

30 Screengrabs from the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer

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We got a nice surprise when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dropped today.  To dig deeper into the footage, we have 30 trailer screengrabs for you.  The images feature Thor (Chris Hemsworth) choking Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) facing off against the Hulkbuster armor, Captain America (Chris Evans) outrunning a rolling car, and good looks at Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Andy Serkis.

Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the images after the jump.

Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline “Assemble 2015.”  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss WhedonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the poster after the jump.

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

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The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called “Avengers Party.”  What’s clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious.

Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May 1, 2015. 

Edward Norton Revisits the Decision to Not Play The Hulk in THE AVENGERS

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Remember when we first got word that Edward Norton would not be reprising his role as The Hulk in The Avengers?  It wasn’t pretty.  When the news dropped, it was being reported that Norton wanted in, but Marvel wanted someone with a lower price tag.  However, when Marvel reps chimed in, they claimed that they passed on Norton because they needed someone who “embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,” essentially accusing Norton of not being a team player.  Shortly after, Norton’s agent fired back claiming that Marvel’s statement was a “purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.”  Soon thereafter, Norton took the more righteous route by posting a sincere thank you to Marvel and to the fans who supported his run as Bruce Banner.

Four years later, Norton’s got an outstanding new feature on his resume that could score him an Oscar nomination, but The Hulk talk still rages on.  Hit the jump to find out what Norton had to say about ditching the role.

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