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Because of the anticipation surrounding this film, this review will endeavour to avoid any major specific plot spoilers, instead talking in general terms and about things that have already been revealed in trailers and interviews and so on. However, if you still want to know absolutely as little as possible about the film beforehand, then: a) go see it, it's awesome, and b) there is a scene shortly into the end credits. In any case, consider this article more a quick first reaction than an in-depth thematic analysis.
Writer-director Joss Whedon's The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble, in the UK) was a smash-hit back in 2012 for Marvel. His return to the franchise (which will also be his Avengers swansong), Avengers: Age of Ultron, is a darker, more emotionally resonant sequel (as with The Empire Strikes Back or How to Train Your Dragon 2), while still delivering spectacular superheroic action and an abundance of laugh-out-loud humour. »
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Avengers: Age of Ultron features: Director: Joss Whedon Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America Chris Hemsworth as Thor Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye Samuel L. Jackson »
It only just opened in the UK this past Thursday – and is yet to even hit screens in the States – but Amazon is already offering us the chance to pre-order Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-ray, and if its product description is any indication, the home entertainment release will include an extended version of the movie, as well as an alternate ending…
Joss Whedon’s original cut of the movie ran for some three hours in length, but just last week the filmmaker warned us not to expect a Director’s Cut of the movie, although he did promise plenty of deleted scenes on the Blu-ray and DVD release. So, this news is certainly surprising, and we should probably wait until we hear something from Marvel before taking this as gospel…
See Also: Read our Avengers: Age of Ultron reviews here and here
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now »
- Gary Collinson
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, & Jeremy Renner on Good Morning America: Chris Evans on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Elizabeth Olsen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Robert Downey Jr. on Late Show with David Letterman: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, & Mark Ruffalo on The Graham Norton Show: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the »
Joining one of the most popular film franchises in the world must be daunting. Indeed, for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was "super surreal and overwhelming...but it's been great." "Stepping on set with these guys, it feels like a real family," he told E! News' Alicia Quarles during an exclusive set visit in London last year. "A bunch of them already, it's like their fifth movie." The sequel brings back the star-studded cast, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Lego Batman, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Bloodshot, Harbinger and more…
Marvel kicked off the 2015 superhero season this past week as Avengers: Age of Ultron began rolling out in international markets, opening with $9.5 million on Wednesday and pushing its total by close of play on Thursday to $44.8 million, having claimed the top spot in each country where it’s showing. Here in the UK, the film outperformed both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by 54% and 40% respectively with its opening on Thursday, and is expected to pull in anywhere between »
- Gary Collinson
Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2015.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Thomas Kretschmann, Cobie Smulders, Claudia Kim, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell and Linda Cardellini.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
I looked back at my review of The Avengers from 2012 and the opening paragraph struck me as one which I’d never consider writing now;
“Firstly, I love films based on comic book characters and I enjoy many summer blockbusters, so I cannot complain that I wasn’t part of The Avengers’ target audience. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-2, X-Men: First Class, »
- Gary Collinson
There isn’t a dry eye in the house – or at least my house – as Bo and Hong embrace in a studio 40 years after being separated by the Khmer Rouge
Krishnan Guru-Murthy has taken a bit of a bashing this week for an interview he did with Robert Downey Jr on Channel 4 News. His crime was to try to make the interview interesting and actually find out something about the actor, rather than sticking to the PR script and asking lame questions about the film Downey Jr was there to promote. A lot of people didn’t like it. Rdj certainly didn’t like it and walked out of the interview.
There are no Hollywood egos for Guru-Murthy to take on in Unreported World: 40 Years to Find My Family (Channel 4), just two middle-aged sisters who haven’t seen each other since they were separated as children. This »
- Sam Wollaston
Which popular game company is making a Marvel game? Want to see The Avengers describe the history of the McU? Did Robert Downey Jr. confirm Spider-man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War? Did a tease of The Flash hint at Justice League? How does a new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D clip tease Avengers: Age of Ultron? What […]
The post Superhero Bits: Spider-Man, Avengers Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Flash, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
At long last, Marvel’s superhero sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron has arrived in theaters. If you live outside of the U.S. that is, as the highly-anticipated comic book caper has now opened in 26 international territories over the last 24 hours. And based on initial box office receipts, Joss Whedon’s final Marvel outing is on track to outperform its predecessor.
Currently occupying the #1 spot in those aforementioned countries, Ultron has netted approximately $44.8 million during that brief period. If it continues to ring up that much in ticket sales outside of North America, then it won’t be long until it breezes past the $1 billion that the first Avengers racked up.
If you, like us, aren’t able to delight in the movie for another week, then you can feast your eyes on another action-packed clip above. Some of Ultron‘s avenging heroes, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, »
- Gem Seddon
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron is having a pretty rough start to their press tour. First, Robert Downey Jr. stormed out of an interview with a British journalist. Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner then proceeded to refer to Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, as a "slut" and "whore." To be fair, they've since apologized, but the initial joke didn't sit well with the Internet. Now, Rdj seems to have crossed yet another line, making a remark about Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu that some have taken to be conceived as racist. The Birdman director, who is Mexican, has voiced his negative opinion about superhero movies before, telling Deadline in 2014 »
Tony Stark has a new battle to face — this time in the courts. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts on Thursday, a pair of comic book artists claims that the suit worn in the “Iron Man” movies infringes on their work from the comic-book series “Radix.” Brothers Ben and Ray Lai, owners of Horizon Comics Productions, claim that the characters in “Radix,” much like Iron Man, wear “highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armor.” See video: Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Interview After Reporter Asks About His Past Struggles “In the Films, »
- Tim Kenneally
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits cinemas on May 1st, 2015. »
After we reported yesterday the news that Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to $9.5 million, updated figures have come in following its roll out in various other international markets on Thursday, including the UK, and the sequel has continued to break box-office records across the globe.
As of close of business last night, the comic book sequel had reached an estimated $44.8 million from 26 markets, and is now No.1 in all of them. In the UK, it opened higher than both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by 54% and 40% respectively, as well as grabbing a 84% market share across UK IMAX cinemas.
In Korea, it had the highest Thursday opening day ever, with an opening 173% higher than the first film, and 54% over Iron Man 2. Elsewhere, in Australia the film opened no.1 with a 79% market share and also had huge openings in Germany and Russia, with similarly large market shares and »
- Scott J. Davis
The Avengers: Age of Ultron star walked out of his Channel 4 News interview with anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy this week after taking issue with his choice of questions about the actor's time in prison and his addiction issues.
Before walking out on Guru-Murthy, Downey made reference to the atmosphere seeming "a little Diane Sawyer" in regard to tough questioning.
Downey ran into the real Diane Sawyer while taping an appearance for Live! with Kelly and Michael at ABC's New York headquarters on Friday (April 24).
A corrective experience with legitimate journalism @kellyandmichael #dianesawyer #kellyandmichael #avengers #ageofultron #presstour #marvel #earlybirds
A photo posted by Robert Downey, Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on Apr 24, 2015 at 6:13am Pdt
Downey took »
With Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in the UK yesterday [read our review here] ahead of its Stateside release next Friday, Joss Whedon has been out and about on the press rounds for the film, during which he fielded a host of questions on all things Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the upcoming debut of Spider-Man, whether Agent Coulson is alive in the big screen side of the McU, if a Planet Hulk movie could work, and the competition between Marvel and DC.
On Spider-Man (via Yahoo! Movies): “[I’d like to have worked on Spider-Man], he’s the poster child. He’s the first book I read, and I think that’s true for a lot of people. There are so many things I would want to do, even with [The Avengers], even with just one of these characters. But the fact of the matter is: they’re doing fine, and I’ve probably got to move on. I think it’s great »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios has released a new clip from its superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, which sees Captain America tussling with Ultron atop a speeding truck, with Hawkeye and Black Widow in hot pursuit. Check it out here…
See Also: Read our Avengers: Age of Ultron review here
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. »
- Gary Collinson
[With Avengers: Age of Ultron opening next Friday, I’m taking a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These articles do not contain spoilers for unreleased Marvel movies. If you know any spoilers about the unreleased Marvel movies, please do not post them in the comments section.] We’re not supposed to have pure superheroes. The demand for complexity usually involves inner turmoil, and without that “complexity” there can never be an arc, and therefore the character and his or her movie is “boring.” In most cases, this is true. But in a superhero landscape painfully saturated by tortured men wrestling with demons and what it means to be a good, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger simply stood up and said, “This is our good guy.” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) stood in stark contrast to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). He wasn’t a cocky guy who had to take responsibility. He was confident but humble, strong yet shy, and unabashedly goodhearted. He was the hero not only Marvel needed, but that the modern superhero genre as a whole needed. He was also, like Thor, a bit of a tough sell. »
- Matt Goldberg
Marvel and Disney have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that they ripped off Iron Man's armour design.
Artists Ben Lai and Ray Lai of Horizon Comics Productions have sued the filmmakers for copying from their 2001 comic Radix.
The brothers are claiming copyright infringement and unfair business practices, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The two worked on Marvel's Thor comic, at which point they say that they showed Radix to staff at the company.
The lawsuit claims that Iron Man - who was created in 1963 - was traditionally known for "wearing simple spandex-like attire and minimal armour" before the recent switch to the "highly detailed, mechanized suits of body armour" based on their designs.
An Iron Man 3 poster (pictured) saw the pair send a cease-and-desist letter in 2013 for its similarity to their artwork.
Apparently the biggest hurdle to the Lais' case is the time it took between the »
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