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Marvel's Victoria Alonso was the keynote speaker at yesterday's Visual Effects Society Production Summit at the W Hollywood, where she revealed that the highly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron has over 3,000 visual effects shots, the most of any movie in Marvel history. This breaks the studio's record of 2,750 VFX shots held by this year's Guardians of the Galaxy, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier had over 2,500 visual effects shots.
She also revealed that the studio will use between seven and 12 visual effects companies in five to seven different countries for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is currently in post-production. She also addressed the need to hire more women in the visual effects industry.
"There's a lot of you boys out there. Where are the girls? You need to get them here. It's better when it's 50/50. It's okay to allow the ladies in; they are talented and bring you balance. We »
A new piece of promo art for Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit the web. Courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com, the art seems to come from Hot Toys, and shows Earth’s Mightiest Heroes lined up with their respective heights listed. It also features an infuriatingly blanked-out look at Vision, Ultron himself, and the long-awaited Hulkbuster armor…
While the art doesn’t show much, it does give us an idea of how the Hulkbuster and Ultron will compare to the Avengers. It will be mighty hard for the likes of Iron Man and Captain America to take down the 8 foot tall Ultron, but will Hulk be able to hold his own against Tony’s 11 foot Hulkbuster armor? We’ll just have to wait until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters to find out…
- James Garcia
Avengers: Age of Ultron will soon start dumping a ton of toys in stores near you, which means we'll get our first look at a lot of things from the movie in plastic or promo art form. While we've seen Hulkbuster in previous movie concept art, a new image, reportedly from Hot Toys, shows off the full-scale of this weapon designed by Tony Stark to control and capture an outraged Hulk.
We also get a look at all of the characters and their full sizes in this scale chart. It reveals that the 8'5" Hulk will have to contend with an 11' Hulkbuster, which sounds like quite a fight. How will Hulk be able to beat back this iron monstrosity? It also reveals that Ultron stands at a quite tall 8', just 5 inches shorter than the green goliath. Black Widow is the shortest of all Avengers, standing at just 5' »
Infuriatingly, Vision, Hulkbuster and Ultron are all blanked out in the image which seemingly originates from Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles. We do at least get a decent look at the costumes worn by the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as how they all match up in terms of size. The image originates from here, though we have to thank @galliettd for the heads up! What do you guys think about this latest piece of promo art? Sound off below! Click on the image below to view the slightly larger version. 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, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is set to be released on May 1st, 2015. »
In this Friday’s Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals which DC movies have announced up until 2020 (Justice League, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more!), dives into the Civil War storyline Marvel have announced for Captain America 3 (Chris Evans) And Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man’s involvement in it, who’s on the studio’s wish list to play Doctor Strange after Joaquin Phoenix has dropped out, all the latest on the Ghostbusters reboot to be directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and much, much more…
Fmtv will be back on Monday with our Top 5 Wrestlers in Films! And the Movie Newsgasm will be up as always next Friday. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
- Oliver Davis
Industrial Light & Magic, the in-house effects company established by George Lucas in 1975, is still one of the leading forces in the industry and is responsible for working on some of the biggest movies over the past five decades. They are currently working on director Joss Whedon's superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron and will begin working on Star Wars: Episode VII in just a few short weeks as principal photography wraps on J.J. Abrams sci-fi epic. Both movies are expected to push boundaries and break new ground at Ilm.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm means Ilm will be working on more Disney movies, including all of those Marvel sequels and spin-offs that are planned throughout the rest of this decade. To celebrate, and for work purposes, the company has launched a new studio in London, and held a grand opening this past week. President Lynwen Brennan was there to speak with IGN, »
If the rumours are to be believed, Captain America 3 will be based around Marvel Comics' crossover event Civil War, with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man expected to join Chris Evans in Joe and Anthony Russo's sequel.
For comics readers, the details of Civil War and its aftermath are well known, but for the uninitiated, here is what you need to know about the storyline and the way it could be brought to the big screen:
1. Marvel's mightiest event
While not the first of its kind, the 2006-07 line-wide crossover with its core series and tie-in miniseries and one-shots set the standard for the way such stories would be handled by Marvel (and DC) Comics for years to come.
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's seven-issue Civil War series still dominates the list of bestselling comics of the 21st century. It launched a pattern of yearly »
While DC and Warner Bros. may have stolen the comic book movie glory this week with the announcement of their film slate, there was still the shocker on Monday that Robert Downey Jr. would feature alongside Chris Evans in Captain America 3. The third installment is reported to be an adaptation of Civil War, a story that saw Tony Stark and Steve Rogers taking opposite stances on the Superhuman Registration Act, a bill that forced anyone with powers or special abilities to disclose their identity to the United States government and register as a "living weapon of mass destruction." Pro-registration and anti-registration sides clashed until during the climactic battle, Cap surrendered himself after seeing the devastation they were causing. However, soon after he was assassinated by an agent of the Red Skull. Although he came back to life years later, Cap.s death had enormous repercussions on the Marvel universe. »
So maybe Chris Hemsworth is slightly outshined at the box-office by his Marvel pals Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans of late. That’s okay, he’s getting a lot of work and will be seen onscreen four times next year. Yep, in 2015, we’ll see Hemsworth leading a Michael Mann movie (“Blackhat”), another Marvel movie (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron”), and a reboot (the “Vacation” series). But Hemsworth will also reteam once again with his “Rush” director Ron Howard for “In The Heart Of The Sea.” The film concerns a whaling ship that was preyed upon by a sperm whale in 1820 —the same whale that inspired Herman Melville’s tale of “Moby Dick.” "He's kind of like Clint Eastwood," visual effects supervisor Jody Johnson told Empire earlier this year about the whale in the movie (no joke). "He's a high plains drifter. He comes and helps out his own kind, »
- Edward Davis
Marvel an Hasbro have released the first official images of some sets which will help kids transform into their favourite Avenger from next May's Avengers: Age of Ultron. For all you Captain America fans, pick up the new "Captain America Star Launch Shield" and pull the ripcord to shoot a disk out of the center to give the dangerous Ultron a surprise counter attack! If a Hulk Smash is more of your style, grab a pair of the "Hulk Gamma Grip Fists" to grip, grab and hurt any villain (and occasionally Thor) that stands in your way. Lastly, for all you tech geniuses out there pick up the "Iron Man Arc FX Armor" and use some advanced Stark Tech to blast anyone threatening the planet. You can check out the first few action figures for the movie by clicking here. Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., »
The Flickering Myth team react to the news that Marvel Studios is heading for a Civil War…
Well, this was some pretty big news for the Marvel Universe. After a few teases of Robert Downey Jr. suiting up for Iron Man 4, it was announced yesterday (by Variety, not Marvel) that Downey Jr. had signed on to feature in Captain America 3, which will adapt the Civil War storyline.
Pretty big news, but what did the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think?
Warning: The below conversation contains spoilers of the Civil War comic storyline, which may more may not contain spoilers for Captain America 3.
Ben Rayner: I personally think its a bad idea, it’ll end up being quite watered down and brief I would imagine, especially considering the X-men, Spider-Man and Fantastic 4 all play a big part in the comics…
Sam Thorne: I think it’ll be a huge, »
- Luke Owen
According to reports, actor Robert Downey Jr. will co-star as 'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man', alongside Chris Evans as 'Steve Rogers' aka 'Captain America" in Marvel Studios' developing feature "Captain America 3", adapting Marvel Comics "Civil War" story arc:
"...the plot will pit 'Stark' against 'Steve Rogers', as they feud over the 'Superhero Registration Act', which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the Us government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.
"Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest..."
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- Michael Stevens
Captain America 3 is set to kick off the Marvel Civil War on the big screen. But what is it, and what does it mean for the McU?
One section of this article discusses heavy spoilers for the Civil War comic. We've marked that section, but we discuss storylines throughout the piece.
It was one year back that we took a look a look at why Marvel's 2007 comic book arc, Civil War, was ripe for the big screen treatment. You can find the original piece here. Now, with the news breaking yesterday that Tony Stark would be suiting up alongside/against Steve Rogers in Captain America 3, it seems Kevin Feige has, er, had the same idea over at Marvel Studios HQ. Clearly that was down »
1. This is a great idea. Everyone knew that Marvel would figure out some way to keep making movies where Robert Downey Jr. wears some kind of cool metal suit. But Iron Man 4 was always a skeptical proposition. "Fun, Shambling Mess" is basically the best you can hope for when it comes to fourquels. (See: The fish-out-of-time-water shenanigans in Star Trek IV; Stallone solving the Cold War with his fists in Rocky IV; Harry and Ron having a really wacky wizard prom in Goblet of Fire.) Marvel could've positioned a fourth Iron Man movie as a complete in-franchise reboot by »
- Darren Franich
Captain America 3: Speculation about the upcoming Captain America 3, due in theaters on May 6, 2016, has been widespread, but it appears that Marvel has decided on a storyline: the aptly named Civil War, which depicts a division among superheroes on different sides of the issue of government registration, with opposing groups led by Iron Man and Captain America. Robert Downey Jr. is "on the verge" of agreeing to star in the movie, opposite Chris Evans. [Variety] Doctor Strange: As Marvel continues its search for an actor to star in Doctor Strange, Keanu Reeves reflected on the role and the rumors that he might play the character. "I like the idea," he said in a recent interview. "I go to those kinds of movies. I grew up on them and...
- Peter Martin
The big news over the last couple of days has been the revelation that not only will Robert Downey Jr co-star with Chris Evans in Captain America 3 but that the plot will likely be based on the Civil War storyline from 2006. The recent New York Comic Con also served as a reveal for Marvel Comics upcoming event series Secret Wars, also based on an older Marvel crossover event. Both story arcs have been rumored as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years and both could be major »
- Alex Maidy
Last night, Marvel Studios dropped a bombshell, with the news that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to return as Tony Stark in Captain America 3, a movie that will adapt the Civil War comic book story line and forever change the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New details have emerged today that reveal Iron Man may be joined by a number of other Avengers, along with details on the possible title. There will be potential spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron below, so read on at your own risk.
Earlier this month, we reported that The Avengers 3 will feature a whole new team of superheroes, which was thought to stem from the main stars' contracts running out, and the desire to save their biggest stars for another huge movie. It's looking more and more like Captain America 3 will be that movie, which Badass Digest is calling "Avengers 2.5."
At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
For the past week Robert Downey Jr. has teased the possibility of an Iron Man 4, also claiming that he is in negotiations for 'other' Marvel movies. Last night news broke that Tony Stark will actually be appearing in Captain America 3 in a substantial role, and that it will kick off an event fans have been clamoring for: Marvel's Civil War. Now comes news that Captain America 3 directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo may actually take on The Avengers 3 and The Avengers 4, which will likely have completely new character line-ups from the first two movies.
Marvel's Civil War is a massive crossover for Marvel's biggest and brightest heroes, with Iron Man and Captain America at the center of it. The story finds Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man/Tony Stark going against Chris Evans' Captain America/Steve Rogers, both with opposing views over the Superhero Registration Act, »
Last night came the news of Robert Downey Jr. joining the cast of "Captain America 3" in a major capacity, and that the film will be adaptation of some of the 'Civil War' storyline from the comics. Now, further details have popped up in several online reports.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
First up, Badass Digest reports that Downey's scenes will require 30 or 40 days of filming in the film. Essentially "Avengers: Age of Ultron" kicks all this off and by the end Tony Stark essentially retires from being Iron Man due to feeling responsible for Ultron's actions. This is in line with reports that Steve Rogers will be leading a new team of 'Avengers' at the end of 'Ultron' that will include supporting characters from the previous films like Falcon, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow.
The site says Marvel is currently tossing between "Captain America: Civil War" and "Captain »
- Garth Franklin
Lord Disick isn’t getting the royal treatment from Yeezus, as the rap star thinks he’s extremely disrespectful to girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian. [Hollywood Life] Robert Downey, Jr. joins Chris Evans in Captain America 3, set to release May 2016. [The Guardian] Amy Poehler finally opens up about her divorce from Will Arnett and says: “Getting a divorce really sucks!” [Daily Mail] Mindy Kaling responds to the negative backlash from Danny attempting anal sex in The Mindy Project. [Us Weekly] Abercrombie and Fitch releases anti-bullying shirts as part of their re-brand. [Vogue] Kate Upton stuns in a first look at Bobbi Brown’s holiday campaign. [E!] Jessica Biel and hubby Justin Timberlake share a rare picture of themselves with fans. [Extra] Amanda Bynes is being held for psychiatric help for another two weeks. »
- Taylor Ferber
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