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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to Mark Marvel’s Highest VFX Shot Count

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According to Marvel’s VP of Visual Effects and Post-Production, Victoria Alonso, Captain America: The Winter Solider had 2,500 VFX shots and Guardians of the Galaxy came in with 2,750.  You know how many Avengers: Age of Ultron may have?  More than 3,000, making it Marvel’s largest VFX count to date.  In order to make that happen, the studio will likely have to team up with seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries.

Hit the jump for more on the Age of Ultron post-production process and Alonso’s thoughts on the new bill to increase tax incentives for filming in California.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON LEGO Sets Scheduled for 2015; UCS Helicarrier Rumored for Summer

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LEGO loves its Marvel license, and so do I.  It’s also no surprise that they’ll be cranking out Avengers: Age of Ultron sets to tie into the movie’s release, and now there’s word of the price points and sets we’ll be seeing.  Among the six sets, the most notable is “Avengers Tower”, although it’s only the second-most expensive.  I won’t reveal the most expensive one because the name can be considered a spoiler.

But if you’re looking for some serious Avengers action, there might be a $300 Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Helicarrier on the way for summer 2015.  Considering that LEGO recently used their DC license to crank out a UCS Tumbler from The Dark Knight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company release a Helicarrier.  Hit the jump for a list of the regular sets we’ll be seeing next year [Remember: slight spoilers].  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

AVENGERS 3 Might Hold Back Most Popular Characters for Future Film

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Occasionally, I have to remind myself that Marvel doesn’t play by conventional wisdom.  Conventional wisdom states that if you have three Avengers movies, then the current Avengers—Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk—must appear in all three; it’s right there in the title even though in the comics, the Avengers have a rotating membership.

Last week, we reported the rumor that Marvel might be splitting Avengers 3 into two parts, although we didn’t know if it was a single story split across two movies or if one part would bring the Avengers into a much larger world that could bring in the Guardians of the Galaxy and/or other characters.  It turns out this rumor may not have been too far off the mark because some of the most popular Avengers might be benched for Avengers 3 so they can play in a follow-up of epic proportions.  Hit the jump for more.

Rumor: Marvel Rethinking How to Introduce Ms. Marvel?

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Many have been vocal about the need for more female superheroes, perhaps more so than ever, and Kevin Feige has admitted that the team at Marvel is paying attention.  There’s been talk about Ms. Marvel making a big screen appearance for quite some time now.  Remember that rumor from two years ago claiming that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were top choices for the character?

In the comics, the members of the Avengers are always changing, so it’ll always be tough to pinpoint who’s in, who’s out, who will join an ensemble film and who will get their own, however, there have been reports floating around claiming that Ms. Marvel could make her way into a close-approaching Marvel film and pave the way to Phase Three in the process.  But now Marvel’s plans for introducing Ms. Marvel into the MCU may be changing.  Hit the jump for more.  Warning: There are potential Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers in this article!

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Check out Hawkeye’s New Outfit; Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige Talk about Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor

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When last we heard from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel was showing footage to an enthusiastic crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con.  Today, a new image from the film has popped up in the pages of Empire Magazine, and it shows off Hawkeye’s new costume.  It looks like Hawkeye took Tony’s “Legolas” joke from the first movie to heart.  I’m curious if this is the only superhero outfit he’ll wear since the Comic-Con concept art collage showed Hawkeye in a suit that resembles his costume from the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye costume along with some quotes about the movie from director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames Spader, Paul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

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.

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