The secret to Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) transformation into the Hulk in The Avengers was that he is always angry. You’ll have a tough time staying angry when this new Hot Toys sixth-scale collectible figure set shows up on your doorstep. Featuring both Banner and his hulked-out alter ego (plus a stomped Chitauri soldier on the base), this collectible makes the perfect addition to your display case which already features Thor and Iron Man (right?). Hit the jump for plenty of images of the set and all the details.
We’ve pretty much known that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were going to play Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively, in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now Marvel has provided official confirmation. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Quicksilver (who, because Marvel and Fox both own the rights, will also be in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but played by Evan Peters in X-Men) can run really fast. Scarlet Witch is more complicated. She can manipulate probability, alter reality, and has “Chaos Magic”, so it will be interesting to see how Whedon will interpret her powers for the movie. The siblings are Magneto’s children, but since Magneto is fully owned by Fox, their father won’t be mentioned (at least by name). They’re also of Eastern European origin in the comics, so presumably they’ll have accents for the film.
Hit the jump for the press release. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Even though Joss Whedon dubbed Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) his Scarlet Witch “prototype” back in May, news surfaced in August that he had moved on to Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) for the role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Despite the fact that there were reports that Olsen was in final negotiations for the part, Marvel has yet to confirm her casting. However, just the other month, Olsen’s Oldboy co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, came right out and said, “… we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch].” Although everything points to Olsen having snagged the part of Wanda Maximoff, one half of the brother-sister duo, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Marvel still hasn’t made it official.
While talking to the actress for her November 27th release, Oldboy, Collider got the chance to add yet another bullet point to the list of items suggesting Olsen did indeed get the part. Continued after the jump.
Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres. That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…
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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Kevin Feige (Marvel’s President of Production), he talked about how funny the sequel is, deleted scenes and how many will be on the Blu-ray, his reaction to the latest draft of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if they’ve started filming the next Marvel one-shot, when his contract ends, when we can expect an Ant-Man casting announcement, if we’re any closer to finding out which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London this past weekend. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Hemsworth, he talked about how the sequel is very funny, how he gets to have some fun with Mjolnir in the film, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if London is his second home since he’s filming so many movies there, his character in Michael Mann’s Cyber and what the movie is about. Hit the jump to watch.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London this past weekend. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Natalie Portman, she talked about how the sequel is very funny, when she learned her character would have so much to do and also be involved in the action, deleted scenes, what she collects, and if she’s been asked to appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hit the jump to watch.
As preparations are well underway for Marvel’s sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer/director Joss Whedon continues to finalize his cast. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson are all poised to reprise their roles in the follow-up, and Whedon has added a few exciting new characters to the mix: brother/sister duo Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and robot villain Ultron. James Spader is signed on to play Ultron, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are in different stages of negotiations for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively.
Jackson—who just made a cameo on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—recently spoke a bit about the follow-up, confirming that Olsen will indeed be playing new Avengers member Scarlet Witch and noting that filming will begin next March in London. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Last month, Marvel announced James Spader was set to play the villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Ultron is an evil robot, we didn’t know the extent of Spader’s performance. Would it just be voice work or would he be doing motion-capture work like Mark Ruffalo did for the Hulk? While doing the press rounds for his new TV series The Blacklist, Spader told The Inquirer [via CS], “I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” It sounds like Spader will probably be doing motion-capture work, which isn’t too surprising since Ultron is a humanoid robot.
For more another brief bit of info on the upcoming superhero sequel, hit the jump for a comment from from Scarlett Johansson. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Though Comic-Con’s Hall H is always host to plenty of panels that get attendees riled up, nothing quite shook the room this year like the Avengers sequel teaser video that announced Ultron as the film’s villain. The footage shown in Hall H is rarely released to the public by Marvel, but it appears that they’re making an exception with regards to the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser, as it has been made available in HD via the Iron Man 3 Jarvis App. The full video actually includes behind-the-scenes footage of Joss Whedon getting ready to take the Comic-Con stage to announce the teaser, so it’s a pretty fun watch.
Hit the jump to check out the video, and if you haven’t picked up Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray yet click here to purchase the 2D combo pack and click here for the 3D combo pack.
Joss Whedon is having a very good past couple of years. He wrote and directed The Avengers to $1.5 billion worldwide, he put together a successful modern day adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing that he shot in his own house, and his latest television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just had the biggest debut for a TV drama in four years. Whedon is currently busy prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron for a March 2014 shoot, but he recently sat down for an extended interview in which he discussed basically his entire career. Whedon talks about the “haphazard” structure of The Avengers and how his feelings towards the first film have impacted his approach to the follow-up, and he noted that he plans on doing something original after he completes the Marvel sequel. He also discussed his involvement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hit the jump to read on.
One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush. Based on the true life events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Chris Hemsworth. He talked about what surprised him about the story, how he prepared to play James Hunt, what his friends and family said when he landed the role, whether Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers sequel, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
The Avengers. Justice League. Spider-Man. The Walking Dead. All of these properties started, and continue, in the form of monthly periodicals we call “comic books”. Many of the comic book properties we see come from the “Big Two” (Marvel and DC) and have been running for over 50 years. Image Comics, current publisher of the runaway smash The Walking Dead that has been running for nearly a decade at this point, is gaining steam and competing with the two major juggernauts in its field by creating new IPs at a breakneck pace. All of the Marvel, DC, and Image stories for these properties you see on the big screen or on TV (with a little bit of tweaking), originated within these companies’ publications.
While the characters may have the same names and identities, their appearances and back stories have changed to reflect the modern times. With all of these separate stories being created, one may ask, what’s happening in the world of comics today? Well hit the jump for a guided tour of the big current storylines for your favorite heroes. Beware: Spoilers follow.
As production on the highly anticipated Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to get underway in March, writer/director Joss Whedon is nearly finished casting the film. The biggest news we’ve heard thus far, though, is that James Spader will be playing the film’s villain, the titular evil robot Ultron. It was an inspired bit of casting and extremely fitting when you have someone like Joss Whedon running the shots, and now the filmmaker has spoken briefly about how he settled on Spader to play the chief antagonist. Hit the jump to read on.