One of the newest additions to the Avengers roster this year is Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. The actress recently spoke to Empire magazine and gave a few details about her character’s powers and origins in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
She first talked about her approach to creating a unique version of the character: “The coolest thing about Scarlet Witch is, because you’ve never seen her, we got to create how she moves. Joss was really inspired by dancers, and so he knew that he wanted to change visually how she moves, to be more like a dancer than a fighter. I didn’t really have to do much stunt training. Instead I trained with a dancer, Jenny White, which was its own kid of soreness, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.”
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- Thomas Roach
One of the closest guarded secrets in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the role of Vision. We know Paul Bettany is playing the character, that his playing the character is a link back to Tony Stark’s personal assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. and that Vision’s creation is somehow linked to Ultron, the artificially intelligent villain of […]
- Germain Lussier
Even though we're getting both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in the very near future, these are just two out of the more than 40 superhero films planned throughout the rest of this decade that primarily center on female characters. Hollywood has been slow to bring a superhero movie to the big screen that has a strong woman at the center of its story, and while a lot of people have been quite vocally against this fact, it is particularly bothersome to Marvel's The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon.
His two Marvel movies have arguably the best female superhero currently seen on the big screen in Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. This next time out, we'll also be getting Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. But this is in a movie that is dominated by the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Vision, all »
Paul Bettany is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having provided the voice for J.A.R.V.I.S in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers/Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3, but he’s set to make his first on-screen appearance as The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking with an Australian news outlet, Bettany has spoken about the role and announced he has the standard multi-picture deal post Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me,” Bettany told the news outlet “I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work. I can wait for the right thing and feel really attached to it. »
- Luke Owen
At this stage in the game, Marvel and multi-film contracts have almost become synonymous. As the studio continues to roll out its bold and ambitious plans for Phase Three and beyond, many of the actors recruited are signing on for more than one appearance, whether it’s Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. or Scarlett Johansson.
And one star that has already appeared across a plethora of Marvel films is Paul Bettany, better known as Tony Stark’s trusty AI companion, Jarvis. But with Avengers: Age of Ultron looming large on the horizon, the British actor’s contribution to the McU will witness a considerable jump as he embodies the role of The Vision. In fact, according to Bettany himself, the studio “has plans” for his character beyond Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel.
That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me. I have never known if »
- Michael Briers
When Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters this May, fans will get to hear a very familiar voice in a new way when Paul Bettany's J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes Vision, the first time the actor will actually be seen on screen in a Marvel movie. While promoting his new comedy Mortdecai, the actor hinted in an interview with News.com.au that Marvel has a plan for his character, without specifying what they may be. Here's what he had to say about his multi-picture contract with Marvel.
"That's the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me. I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff that I do outside of that work. I can wait for the right »
Talking to Digital Spy on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year, Joss Whedon didn't hold back when it came to sharing his thoughts on the lack of female led superhero movies. Thing have changed a little since then of course (thanks to Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman), but there are still only Two on the way! "It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," Whedon told the site. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago', there's always an excuse." That is obviously a reference to movies like Catwoman and Elektra, and the filmmaker makes a great point here. Whedon wasn't afraid to take a shot at Marvel Studios either, making it clear that they should move ahead with a movie giving »
Joss Whedon has spoken out against "genuine, intractable sexism" within the comic book movie industry.
Speaking to Digital Spy on the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron last summer, two months prior to Marvel Studios and DC's announcements of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman respectively, Whedon emphasised the need for Marvel to buck the trend.
"It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," Whedon said. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on.
"You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago', there's always an excuse."
Whedon, whose own Wonder Woman project at Warner Bros was famously cancelled after several years of development, went on to praise The Hunger Games as proof that female-led blockbusters can be a bankable prospect.
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You may remember during last year's "Marvel Event" that a scene was shown featuring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark sharing a fairly tense exchange, something which later seemed like an obvious Captain America: Civil War prelude. In a lengthy interview with Collider, co-writer Stephen McFeely revealed whether or not it was an intentional set up of what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! "I’m glad they put that in there, but I don’t even know the relationship between when we decided to Civil War and when that scene was put in, so it could just be good tension,a good scene, but it’s a clean set up. It’s a good intro." You have to imagine that Joss Whedon had some sort of inkling of plans for Civil War, but it's more obvious now than ever before that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be serving as »
In Joss Whedon.s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we can surely expect to see characters like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America getting into fisticuffs with various henchmen and bad guys, but action sequences will be a very different deal when Elizabeth Olsen.s Scarlet Witch is involved. After all, she is more of a spell-caster than a punch-thrower. What.s interesting about that separation, though, was how it impacted the approach to the character in the film, and as such, Olsen was told to see the character as more of a dancer than a fighter. This interesting bit of background was recently provide by Elizabeth Olsen during an interview with Empire Magazine, where she went in depth about playing one the Marvel Cinematic Universe.s newest characters in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Discussing the way she went about moving in the skin of Scarlet Witch, the »
As much as I haven't necessarily enjoyed Marvel's movies as of late and the same goes for a relatively lackluster appeal to Zack Snyder's latest output of films, I have to admit to watching this mashup, giving Joss Whedon's The Avengers the Snyder visual touch, and actually thinking it works quite well. Then again, I'm not convinced it's all about the music. In the end, the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" is what made that Watchmen trailer as it is still an immensely watchable trailer even today, long after the bad taste of the film has left us. Check out the mash-up below. via The Playlist yt id="DYYlYnT1CZg" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
The recent issue of Empire Magazine provides some interesting details regarding a pre-credit battle scene with the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'll just throw out a Spoiler Warning now for anyone not looking to learn anything else about this movie. But you clicked on the article, so you obviously are here to keep reading.
According to the report, the superhero team pays a little visit to Hydra operative Baron von Strucker, who is played by Thomas Kretschmann. He is hiding out in an East European castle and he has Loki's scepter in his possession. When talking about the sequence, director Joss Whedon described it as being a "pre-credits Bondian blow-out."
Some big things happen there, and when it's over the superhero team is flying back to New York City in Tony Stark's quinjet, and everyone seems to be very distraught. Here's a description of what is happening in this scene, »
- Joey Paur
Joss Whedon is currently getting ready for the May 1st release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but there are already rumors that he may not return to direct the next two parts of "Avengers: Infinity War." Instead, all signs have been pointing to the Russo Brothers taking over, especially after the success of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." While we have yet to get any confirmations of this, Whedon himself is now strongly hinting that he's done with directing "Avengers" movies. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," he revealed. "It's enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make 'Avengers 3 and 4'], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part 'Infinity War' movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe . I love these guys . but it ain't easy. »
Joss Whedon has admitted that it is "very doubtful" that he will direct Avengers: Infinity War.
The filmmaker told Empire that he is unlikely to return to the Marvel franchise for a while after this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he is looking to focus on his own projects.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again," he said. "It's enormously hard, and it be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life."
He added: "I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
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Marvel already has plans for Avengers: Infinity War Part I in May 2018, and Infinity War Part II in May 2019. The rumour for a while has been that those two films will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who are about to helm Captain America: Civil War (having scored a sizeable success with Captain America: The Winter Soldier). And, chatting to Empire magazine, Whedon seems to indicate that he will indeed be moving on.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again", he said. "It's enormously hard and it'd be, by then, a good five years since I »
Every big franchise director has that moment where, after a movie seems like it cannot possibly be topped but everyone knows the franchise is going to keep going, they say they're not going to direct the next movie. Michael Bay is perhaps the worst at this. He's played a "Nah, not doing another Transformers" for three sequels now, even though he inevitably comes back each time. Well, now Joss Whedon has confirmed speculation that he is not going to direct Avengers: Infinity War, which will be broken up into two parts. But don't take this as him playing the "Will I? Won't I?" game in the press; his reasoning here is actually very understandable. From Empire Magazine, via ComicBookMovie: "I couldn't imagine doing this...
- Peter Hall
We heard from Aaron Taylor-Johnson earlier today about his role as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now the actress who plays his twin sister has shared some new details about the highly anticipated sequel. Talking to Empire Magazine, Elizabeth Olsen revealed her and Joss Whedon's unique approach to playing the Scarlet Witch. "The coolest thing about Scarlet Witch is, because you've never seen her, we got to create how she moves. Joss was really inspired by dancers, and so he knew that he wanted to change visually how she moves, to be more like a dancer than a fighter. I didn't really have to do much stunt training. Instead I trained with a dancer, Jenny White, which was its own kid of soreness, but it wasn't what I thought it would be." A lot of fans have been surprisingly critical about the inclusion of "The Twins", claiming »
We’ve already brought you the two Empire covers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, some images and a few notes from Joss Whedon talking about not directing Avengers: Infinity War and threatening to kill all of the Avengers. And now we bring you some notes from an interview with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will be playing Quicksilver in the movie.
“He’s very agitated because everything runs too slowly for him,” he tells Empire via Cbm. “He’s quick at everything. He’s quick to lose his temper.”
“It’s more about Pietro and Wanda together, a yin/yang where he’s very physical and very protective of her and she’s very internal and always mothering him,” he says on his relationship with Scarlet Witch, played by fellow Godzilla star Elizabeth Olsen. “Pietro doesn’t fricking trust anybody. The only one he cares for and at the end of the »
- Luke Owen
Late last year, a rumor went around that the Russo Brothers, the team behind the last and next Captain America movies, were being eyed to direct Avengers 3 and 4 (a.k.a. the Infinity War Part 1 and 2). Now that still hasn't been substantiated, but it did get at one lingering question about the franchise: Is Joss Whedon coming back? Well, now it appears that the answer is probably no. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," Whedon told Empire. He explained: "It's enormously hard, and it'd be, by [the time Avengers 3 and 4 were finished], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe — I love these »
- Jesse David Fox
The latest issue of Empire Magazine has already given us some new images from Avengers: Age of Ultron [see here and here], as well as comments from Joss Whedon suggesting he won’t be back in the director’s chair for Avengers: Infinity War [see here], and now we have some quotes from Robert Downey Jr. about the upcoming Phase Three ensemble Captain America: Civil War, which will see Iron Man squaring off against Steve Rogers:
“They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else’,” said Downey with regards to how the project came around. “It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, »
- Gary Collinson
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