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.
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.
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.]
Filming began on Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week in Johannesburg, South Africa on a sequence that will take place during the first 10 minutes of the film, but Marvel has announced yet another international shooting location for the superhero follow-up. Per THR, The Avengers 2 will be filming “key elements” in Seoul, South Korea, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noting that the country is the perfect fit for the film because it “features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes, and spectacular architecture.” It’s unknown how long the production will be filming in Seoul, but the bulk of shooting will take place at Shepperton Studios in London, with the U.S. and Italy also serving as other filming locations.
Joss Whedon wrote the script and has returned as director for the pic, and the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.
Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron has taken over the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. Unsurprisingly, some early set video from the shoot has already leaked out. The one we’ll share with you today is a video of a stunt sequence from the film, sadly devoid of any of the costumed crusaders, but a closer look reveals that it’s likely that a certain big green Avenger is behind the chaos.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. Hit the jump to watch the video.
Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) debut in Iron Man 2 was a bit underwhelming but Joss Whedon made her exciting when she got an increased role in The Avengers. She’s now one of the leads in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it looks like the character is going to keep getting bigger as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues. For The Winter Soldier, co-star Chris Evans tells Total Film, “Black Widow’s whole arc [in The Winter Soldier] is coming to terms with her history – that she’s been a spy, and spies aren’t necessarily trustworthy.” That sounds like a good arc, but it looks like it will only be a starting place for the studio’s plans.
Hit the jump for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talking about her part in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and where they might take Black Widow from there.
Production is officially underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We previously reported that, in addition to shooting on soundstages in London, the production might be doing some filming in North Italy. However, today the shoot begins in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to Independent Online, the movie is “going to cause major traffic disruptions for the next two weeks.” On the bright side, filming on a major blockbuster usually provides a good economic incentive for a city, and according to Mayor Parks Tau, this “will also generate many jobs for South African crew members who will be employed by the production” and “will include over 1 000 extra man-days throughout the two-week shooting schedule.” I’m sure Johannesburg will be a welcoming city, and no one will try to attack Joss Whedon with an air conditioner.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, and James Spader.
I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.
Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words … but since we don’t have a picture of Vision’s costume in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, then words will just have to do. Less than a day ago, we reported that Paul Bettany – who has voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in each of the three Iron Man movies and the first Avengers – will star as Vision in the sequel. While plot details surrounding Bettany’s transition from A.I. voice to a full-bodied android remain a mystery, it looks like we may have a description of Vision’s costume. Hit the jump to find out more.
Yesterday, Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Robert Iger told investors that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will “set critical events in motion” that lead to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Admittedly, this isn’t Earth-shattering news, but it’s good to have the confirmation. Even though Winter Soldier will be followed on the calendar by Guardians of the Galaxy, the two worlds don’t click together as well as Guardians did with Thor: The Dark World. The Wrap also reports that Iger also said events in the second Captain America would “be reflected” in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which would be exciting except we already got that bait-and-switch with Thor 2. If you missed that episode, you didn’t really miss anything, much like the rest of the series.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
While making the rounds at Sundance for his film, Infinitely Polar Bear, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) commented about some of his more high-profile works, namely The Avengers: Age of Ultron and a possible standalone Hulk movie. He shared his thoughts on writer-director Joss Whedon’s script for the sequel, and attempted to assure fans that Banner/Hulk would get to add on to his scene-stealing performances from the original film. Ruffalo, an outspoken environmentalist, also expressed his intent to bring an eco-friendly message to a standalone Hulk movie, if it ever gets off the ground. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Check out the latest Marvel casting news below:
- Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) is reportedly being eyed for an unspecified role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which opens July 31, 2015.
- Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) is set to join Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron in a villainous role, and is reportedly signed for multiple pictures. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on both films.
While the main villain in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron might be easy to figure out (Hint: It’s in the title.), a new report has a secondary villain showing up to test the superhero team. We’ll keep the identity of that villain until after the jump, but for a teaser, the character is rumored to be tied in with newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in some fashion.
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. Hit the jump for more, including all manner of possible spoilers.
Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Renner. He talked about how quickly he signed on to the project, what it was like to work with Russell, the look of his character, the way he likes to work, whether he has spoken to Joss Whedon about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, other 2015 movies, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
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.