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.]

Samuel L. Jackson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Nick Fury Kicking Ass, ROBOCOP, Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Jackson he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, finally getting a kick ass action scene for Nick Fury, if he read the reviews after the first press screening, Avengers: Age of Ultron, his role in the RoboCop remake, Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

4 New Videos from the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Feature Captain America

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When we last left the production of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we got a pretty good look at Captain America’s latest costume.  Filming is still underway in Seoul, South Korea, and more video from the set has leaked online.  These videos provide more images of Cap’s new outfit, and show Chris Evans‘ stunt double riding on the outside of a car, but in a very casual fashion.  What’s does it mean?  I have no idea, and neither does anyone else who isn’t working on the movie.  But it’s fun to watch.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers 2 set videos.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

Kevin Feige Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, CAP 3, THOR 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Thanos, ANT-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screeningthe post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-ManGuardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Scarlett Johansson Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Her Reaction to the Script, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my video interview with Scarlett Johansson she talked about her reaction after reading the Winter Solider script for the first time, whether she heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron script, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Video from the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Shows off Captain America’s New Costume

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Captain America has had a variety of costumes over just three movies, and he’ll be getting another one when it comes to Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Filming is currently underway in Seoul, South Korea, and some unofficial video leaked online showing Cap’s new costume.  It’s not too different from one he wears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and while there are a few tweaks, there’s nothing drastic.

Hit the jump to check out the set video.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.

High-Quality AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Set Photos Offer Better Look at Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron

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Earlier today, we posted unofficial video and photos from the Avengers: Age of Ultron shoot in Italy.  What they boast in cool, they lack in clarity.  Now we can update the collection with higher quality photos of the same scene to give you a clearer look at Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, James Spader (or his stunt double) in what we presume is Ultron, plus a bonus shot of director Joss Whedon.  This photo leak could pressure Marvel to release official images soon, especially in the case of Ultron, who likely has some CG in his character design.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, and Mark Ruffalo also star.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Set Videos from Italy Provide First Look at Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron [Updated]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming out in the open in Italy, and so unofficial videos and images are leaking out.  In addition to providing a look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the scene shows people fleeing in terror, which includes explosions and the requisite appearances of “Man with Briefcase” and “Woman Holding Baby”.  There’s also a metal humanoid, who is presumably the villain Ultron (James Spader) since you can see in one of the set photos they’re trying to cover him up with a black cloak in order to hide him until they’re ready for a proper unveiling.  Since these photos have leaked, that attempt isn’t going so well.  I’m also a little surprised there’s a practical Ultron on set since I assumed the entire character would be done entirely with motion capture and CGI.  [Update: Check out higher quality photos here.]

Hit the jump to check out the images and video.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, and Mark RuffaloAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

First Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art, Plus New Images from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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If you’re even the most casual of Marvel fans, I’m assuming you checked out ABC’s one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, or will when it airs in your neck of the woods.  While the bulk of that hour looked back on Marvel’s cinematic universe, we did get snippets of the upcoming films Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Since filming just started on the latter picture, we got a cool look at some concept art from the film instead.  The early looks feature artist’s interpretations of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, Black Widow, and a very special version of Iron Man. Hit the jump to check out all the goodies.

Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’s Title Villain, and What Fans Can Expect from the One-Hour Special, MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t be airing tomorrow, but a one-hour special that offers up a sneak peek at Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will play instead.  Kevin Feige recently commented on both the superhero sequel’s title villain, and what fans can expect to see in tomorrow’s special.  We’ve also got a clip from the promotional spot that highlights Marvel Studio’s 2008 films The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, two big gambles that have paid off quite well in recent years.

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm on ABC.  Hit the jump for Feige’s comments and a peek at the special.

Marvel News Roundup: DOCTOR STRANGE Directors and MATRIX Parallels, an R-Rated AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Easter Eggs, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in theaters on April 4th, the press junket for the film was recently held in Los Angeles.  Many, many outlets took part in the event, which means many people got to pick Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s brain.  Some small bits of news, information, and trivia have trickled out as a result, and we’ve compiled them all in one tidy story.  Briefly:

  • The hunt for the Doctor Strange director is ongoing but the tone will be an infusion of Stanley Kubrick and The Matrix.
  • Marvel will not be backing off its May 6, 2016 release date—now revealed to be Captain America 3—even though Warner Bros. recently slated Batman vs. Superman for the same weekend.
  • The Avengers was sent back from the MPAA multiple times with an R rating.
  • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will not be linked to Inhumans in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Sebastian Stan signed a contract for 9 Marvel films.
  • An Avengers-related Easter Egg hidden in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been revealed.

Hit the jump for details on the aforementioned news bits.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to Rearrange Shooting around Scarlett Johansson’s Pregnancy

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Yesterday, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant, which is wonderful for her and her fiancée, but will be a bit of a headache for filming on The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  According to E! Online, the production is going to “fast-track her scenes” once she finishes her press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and begins filming overseas on April 5th.

It’s the sensible move since production on a major blockbuster tends to go for months, and they don’t know when Johansson will start to show.  It’s going to be difficult to hide a baby bump under the character’s catsuit, so unless Black Widow develops a predilection towards standing behind things, carrying boxes, and wearing frumpy sweaters, filming her scenes ASAP is probably the best way to go.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

ABC to Air Sneak Peek at THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on One-Hour Special MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE

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All hail corporate synergy!  Because Disney owns ABC and Marvel, next month the network will air a one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, which “goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.”  It basically sounds like an hour-long commercial for their own product, but I doubt fanboys will mind.  The special will provide ‘a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  There will also be some promotion of the deeply disappointing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will include footage from upcoming episodes.

Hit the jump for more.  Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th; Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st; and The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Did Drew Pearce Reveal Joss Whedon as the Director of THE AVENGERS 3? [Updated: No]

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We’re still well over a year away from the second superhero team-up in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering about The Avengers 3.  Before we get to worrying about who will star in it and which heroes will square off against which villains, we need to know just who will be writing and directing the damn thing.  If a comment from screenwriter Drew Pearce during a recent interview is to be believed, Whedon might already be set to return for the third installment, possibly as both a writer and director.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Pearce has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying "Duh, I have NO IDEA whether Joss is actually coming back for Avengers 3." So, while likely, it's still not confirmed that Whedon will be directing the third Avengers film.]

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