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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
The Important News Gareth Edwards revealed the plot synopsis, concept art (above) and full title for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Also, two more actors have been cast in Rogue One. Kevin Feige revealed that all Marvel Phase 2 movies have a certain Star Wars tribute. Joss Whedon said Edgar Wright's Ant-Man script was the best, most Marvel script the studio ever had. Sony is making an animated Spider-Man movie. Furious 7 was the fastest movie ever to hit $1 billion. Its director, James Wan, is remaking The Entity. Fast and the Furious 8 got a 2017 release date. Insidious: Chapter 3 will be available in virtual reality form. Ang Lee's next movie will be available at 120 frames per...
- Christopher Campbell
Brother and sister duo Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, are two of the most notable characters being introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, arguably preceded only by the titular villain himself. Beyond their long history with the team in the comics, director Joss Whedon felt it was necessary that these two be present in the story. Despite finding out that the X-Men film series was using Quicksilver soon after Avengers: Age of Ultron planned to use him, Whedon told Rolling Stone that their version of the siblings not only gives Ultron someone to talk to (since his drones aren.t good for conversation), but also add something special to the story, calling their relationship "sweet and different and strange." In Whedon.s words: We need them because their powers are different, their looks are different, and their opinion is different. They will be young, »
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
“Avengers: Age Of Ultron” hits theaters next weekend, but it’s already earned an early two-day total of $44.8 million from 26 international markets. Pundits speculate it could open to $150-160 million its first weekend in North America. As you’ve probably heard, it’s a big-ass movie, featuring dozens of characters and Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos, and is stuffed to the gills with stories and people (read our review here). Apparently the Joss Whedon-penned script was so dense and CG-driven that it kinda confused Jeremy Renner at first. “I was trying to figure out Ultron and Vision and all these other things… but it’s hard to visualize such a visual movie with just two-dimensional words,” Renner told The Daily Beast this week. “So I just focused on what I could do to understand this, and just trust Joss. I feel like a lot of the cast is the same way. »
- Edward Davis
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
This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
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
Pity our American cousins for a moment. While the rest of the world have finally laid their eyes on the most anticipated movie since… well, the first Avengers, movie fanatics in the Us still have to wait a whole extra week before they too can watch Avengers: Age of Ultron in all of its action packed glory.
The hype has been understandably huge for Joss Whedon’s second take on the Avengers and the movie is guaranteed to Hulk Smash box office records left, right and centre over the coming weeks. The critical reception has also been overwhelmingly positive, which is fortunate as Marvel Studios has a lot riding on Age of Ultron, not just fiscally, but also as part of a key step in the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (known from now on as the McU, for those of you who saw daylight in your childhoods).
- David Opie
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
...intended to be the sequel to 2012's "Marvel's The Avengers" and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU).
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' on hiatus from stopping world threats...
...'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man' creates 'Ultron'...
"...a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence...
...who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, his plan quickly backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy...
"...and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"...
- Michael Stevens
One of the great allures of The Avengers franchise is the combination of A-grade performers working together in a number of action-driven and buoyantly colorful sequences. Don’t get me wrong: the costumes are great, the graphics are convincing and thrilling, and director-writer Joss Whedon’s ability to satisfyingly balance these storylines is impressive and admirable, to say the least. At the end of the day, however, it’s the distinct deliveries, physicality, and natural charms of these actors, working essentially on an even-keel, that helped make the first Avengers film and, from early reports, Avengers: Age of Ultron so joyous and memorable. The Avengers isn’t the first time these actors have added a particular, enlivening kick to films via supporting turns. So, I decided to take a look at the films that came before Whedon’s monolithic hit that benefitted from the actors that make up the titular team, »
- Chris Cabin
"…the Marvel aesthetic and the DC aesthetic couldn’t be more opposite," Joss Whedon recently said, and that could easily be the understatement of the year. Where Marvel movies, even in their darkest moments, are still dazzling pieces of eye-candy, DC films under the helm of Zack Snyder have gone all in with his signature grim tone and desaturated color palette. But is it appropriate? That's what a new video essay explores. Videolab has taken "Man Of Steel" into the digital laboratory and given it what they call a "color restoration," and the results speak for themselves. It eliminates the drab greys and browns of Snyder's movie, and really makes Superman pop with a brighter blue and red outfit that's in line with 77 years of the character's depiction. The murkiness of Snyder's vision is lessened and the results are more pleasing to the eye. That said, for a movie where »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today we hold the 2015 Summer Box Office Draft as Laremy is still looking for that ever-elusive second draft victory and with the first pick in today's draft he may have a juggernaut that can't be beat. Along with that we take a listen to the new trailer for Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, review Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, listen to a voice mail, play some game, scatter shot some news and are on our way. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave »
- Brad Brevet
Pratt's character Owen Grady is seen making a quick getaway from an Indominus Rex, a genetically-engineered dinosaur at the park.
Jurassic World opens at cinemas on June 11. Watch a trailer below: »
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson waltzed into Tony Stark’s not-so-humble abode in the post-credits scene for Iron Man, the McU has become synonymous with easter eggs as Marvel builds upon this most unprecedented shared universe. It’s a trait that has only evolved in the years since Nick Fury first teased the Avengers Initiative back in 2008, and with no less than 11 feature films slated for release across the next four years, we can only expect the company to double down on its grand, interwoven narrative.
Now, with Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters across Europe and other Pal regions and Ant-Man set to conclude Marvel’s Phase Two in July, the long-discussed transition to Phase Three – a transition that will introduce moviegoers to Doctor Strange, Black Panther and, crucially, Spider-Man among others – is almost upon us.
What delightful teases has Marvel served up in Age of Ultron to seed this evolution? »
- WGTC Staff
In this excerpt from this week's Guardian film show our critics assemble their opinions of Joss Whedon's superhero super epic. Faced by an maniacal artificial intelligence known as Ultron (James Spader), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) et al must again put their differences aside to fight a great evil. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Caterina Monzani, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
Two years ago, Marvel's reputation for being careful with money when it came to talent became very public. The tough negotiations the studio was having with the ensemble of actors to return for "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" spilled out into the trades. The various negotiations were resolved, and even Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who had from time to time strongly intimated they were ready to walk way from the series, are now more than ever happy to participate. But that hardly means Marvel has changed their methods. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Joss Whedon reveals that it was only during the making of "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" where he finally understood “what it feels like to get paid.” Indeed, he claims he earned more making his own "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" than he did directing the first 'Avengers' movie. “They are in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens one week from today (in the States, anyway) and as you no doubt have noticed, writer/director Joss Whedon will be taking a much-needed break from the Marvel-verse to explore what else he has going on in his head. In the meantime, he's been answering questions left and right about what's going down with the Avengers, as well as other franchises that are coming down the pipeline. Namely, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If »
- Sean Wist
The seemingly endless cycle of promotion – trailers, interviews, rumours, reports, leaks, over-analysing merchandise and Lego figures, badly Photoshopped posters – has come to an end. The glitzy premieres have rolled up their red carpets. Joss Whedon can finally have a well-deserved rest. Idris Elba is no doubt relieved to be out of his cheesy costume and off of the green screen set again.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron finally saw its UK release today, following midnight screenings across the country. Which means that, if you’re in the country, you must have seen it, right? At this point, the hype machine has done its job, and can do no more – it’s time for the film to stand on its own two feet. And for the most part, it does that just fine.
From the amount of information pieced together from all those trailers, fans already had a good idea »
- Tom Baker
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