Disney and Marvel have another movie in the billion-dollar club. After breaking records in China this week with a $33.9 million opening, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has gone on to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office on its 24th day of release. Only two other Marvel movies have enjoyed this success (Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3), but it's actually the eighth Disney release to surpass the billion dollar threshold. The Joss Whedon directed flick still has a ways to go to catch the latest Fast & Furious instalment though, which is currently sitting on a whopping $1.47 billion. An impressive feat no doubt... but do you think Avengers: Age Of Utron deserves this massive box office haul? »
Just when you thought Avengers: Age Of Ultron couldn.t get any bigger, a Marvel Studios. storyboard artist by the name of Federico D.Alessandro has taken it upon himself to post an alternate, animated sequence of the Hulk and Iron Man.s fight scene, which saw Tony Stark don a Hulkbuster suit to fight his gamma-radiated pal. It includes new scenes and even some rather spiffy new dialogue, too. So, what are you waiting for? You can watch it below. Well, you Could watch it below, until the user took it down. The video is gone. Hopefully it will return later. From Earlier: I wonder if Joss Whedon will be annoyed that D.Alessandro and Coral D.Alessandro, who edited the piece, have released this footage onto the web? I can.t see any good reason why he would be peeved, but the writer and director has been a »
Long before the casting got underway for Captain America: Civil War, long-time Marvel fans knew the threequel would be monumental in just about every category. Then, the studio began filling up the roles thick and fast, with the likes of Martin Freeman, Emily VanCamp and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch all swooping in to join the ensemble. Fast forward to now and it seems as though directors Joe and Anthony Russo ought to reserve a Hulk-sized seat for a special someone.
That’s according to Mark Ruffalo, who took to Twitter to post the following ambiguous Tweet, leading many to believe that his Hulk will leap back into action once more for the Russo brothers’ feature.
The Marvel family gets just a little bit bigger. http://t.co/0PnXdLhGTP@captainamerica#CivilWar
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 14, 2015
It certainly makes sense for Ruffalo’s rage monster to have a part in the ever-growing ensemble, »
- Michael Briers
Avengers: Age of Ultron has been out for a few weeks now, but it won’t make its way to Japan until July, and so to promote the movie in that market Marvel has dropped a rather splendid Japanese trailer for the superhero sequel, along with four posters. Gotta love the theme song. Enjoy…
See Also: Avengers: Age of Ultron opens big in China with record day for Marvel
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik »
- Gary Collinson
The Across the Pondcast answers…
The always opinionated Across the Pondcast returns for another episode, and this time they’re taking on a huge blockbuster release. Anghus and Rohan sit down to give their thoughts on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – and seemingly ask whether all the glowing reviews were really on the money.
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See Also: Avengers: Age of Ultron opens big in China with record day for Marvel
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen »
- Luke Owen
With the departure of longtime castmember Harry Shearer, The Simpsons might change forever. But not in a George Rr Martin, Shonda Rhimes, Joss Whedon kind of way, because Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean promises no one would be killed off the show. "Recast if Harry does not return," Jean wrote on Twitter. "No yellow wedding." Still, that means recasting some of the biggest characters on the show, not to mention the countless side characters he routinely provided the voice for. So that means we might not hear from say, Jasper Beardly, ever again. And that is a damn dirty shame. "No more Jasper? That's a paddlin'." 71-year-old Sheaer has voiced literally hundreds of »
"Ultron thinks we're monsters. This isn't just about beating him. It's about whether he's right." -- Captain America When I went back tonight for my second look at "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," I honestly didn't know what to expect. It feels like it's been months since I saw the film for the first time, and most of my personal hard drive has been taken up with thoughts of "Mad Max: Fury Road" since I saw it. That's not a slam on Joss Whedon or his work on the "Avengers" sequel, either. It's just that "Fury Road" pushed a button in me that no other film has in quite a while, and it's easy for me to get full-on obsessed with a film I love. What struck me most about "Ultron" on second viewing is that the script for the movie is thematically robust, and my problems with the movie were »
- Drew McWeeny
Avengers: Age of Ultron has been in cinemas across the globe for close to two weeks, and now that the dust has settled – and everybody has seen it at least twice (or three or four times) – it’s time to cast an eye on the future with regards to the upcoming sequel.
Avengers: Infinity War has been confirmed for a 2018 release, of course, and will find itself split – in that annoying Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games way – into two parts, the second of which will make its way into theatres in 2019. Unlike those book adaptations, though, Marvel are free to do as they wish, which bodes well for a two-parter.
Age of Ultron was met with mostly positive reviews, of course, but it wasn’t perfect. There were a lot of things about Joss Whedon’s sequel picture that could have been improved; whilst some aspects from the original movie were noticeably better, »
- Sam Hill
As it continues its march towards the billion dollar mark, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in China yesterday, pulling in a whopping 95.5% of all box office takings to debut with $33.9 million.
See Also: How much screen time does each Avenger get in Age of Ultron?
Age of Ultron is currently sitting on $932.2 million to date – a figure which helped Disney to cross the $2 billion mark for the year, backed up by the box office returns for Cinderella, Into the Woods and Big Hero 6.
See Also: You can read our reviews of Avengers: Age of Ultron here, here, here and here
- Gary Collinson
The Avengers: Age of Ultron left many heroes broken and scarred, including Joss Whedon. After battling Ultron, "the twins," an army of robots, and dealing with conflicts within the team, Earth's Mightiest weren't so mighty by the end of the film. Most of the original members decided to go their separate ways, either to lead their own lives, live out their days in solitude, or defend the world by other means, while new heroes came in to replace them. A lot went down in Age of Ultron, and if you weren't already versed in Marvel Cinematic Universe lingo, then it could've been difficult to follow. To properly digest everything that we saw in the massive superhero mash-up, and prepare for the events to come in Captain America: Civil War, which will feature most of the Avengers, here's what happened to each of the Marvel heroes and where they're likely to »
Avengers: Age of Ultron isn.t the movie that broke Earth.s Mightiest Heroes, it.s the movie that broke its director, Joss Whedon. After helming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Marvel.s The Avengers, the beloved filmmaker returned for the sequel, only this time the pressure, responsibilities and his inner perfectionist got inside his head like a Maximoff twin. Whedon.s exhaustion throughout making Avengers 2 has been widely reported, but he more recently spoke with The L.A. Times. Hero Complex and came up with more dramatic word choices. Whedon said: It.s weird because the first one was very, very, very, hard. This one was much harder. It a little bit broke me. This isn.t to say he though the entire experience was unbearable. As he said, he had an amazing crew and cast to work with, and the second time around brought a »
Avengers: Age Of Ultron has planted a superhero-size flag in the Middle Kingdom. Bowing yesterday in China, it grossed $33.9M (210.5M yuan) for Disney/Marvel’s biggest ever opening day in the market. The first day for Joss Whedon’s mash-up was nearly double Iron Man 3 and more than Avengers‘ initial two-day haul in 2012. The Tuesday debut is the top non-weekend opening day ever and accounted for a record-breaking 95.5% of the box office. The film’s worldwide total is… »
Even though it’s only been in theaters for two weekends, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is already the fourth highest grossing Marvel movie of all time at the domestic box office. And at nearly $319 million, it’s barely gotten started. (Case in point: three years ago, the first “The Avengers” installment brought in a whopping $623M domestic in the 22 weeks it played on screens.) Fans, non-fans, and moviegoers of all ilk love it, and why wouldn’t they? The Avengers are pure popcorn gold. The franchise — as with most Marvel movies — is wildly entertaining, promises nearly nonstop big screen action, and at almost two and a half hours, more than enough bang for your buck. Plus, it’s got an incredible cast. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and on and on and on. But, as all movie lovers know, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron has just opened in the world's second biggest film market, but the film's Chinese subtitles have already caused irritation among some of the country's moviegoers. At one point, Captain America says in the film, "I'm home," which was translated as "I'm good," Chinese webizens have pointed out. At another point, a line about having to wait too long becomes "I am very old" in Chinese. Mostly, the problem is that the translations in Age of Ultron are too literal. For example, when Captain America gives some advice by saying "You get hurt,
- Clifford Coonan
If we've learnt one thing this morning, it's that the plural of synopsis is synopses. We did, however, also get a few clues about the next seasons of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter thanks to their new synopses. We still think synopsi sounds better, though.
Naturally, if you're not up-to-date with either show, these cast-mentioning synopses will spoil the surprise of which characters survive their respective finales. Consider yourselves warned, then.
Here's the synopsis for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, to start with...
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for a dynamic, action-packed third season, as Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans."
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. »
With 2015 definitely having no shortage of big-budget spectacle, Avengers: Age Of Ultron was naturally expected to provide some imagery that would distance itself from the rest of the Hollywood pack. Judge for yourself if the film lived up to its promises, as Wired chats with Ilm to give the internet a look at their VFX process. Wired posted this awesome video showing off the VFX that made Avengers: Age Of Ultron look as brilliant as it did. Say what you will about the film's storytelling abilities, but Joss Whedon's second Avengers flick managed to get one key piece to the puzzle right: it looked absolutely marvelous, and it's all thanks to the Ilm wizards and at least two other distinctive . but equally important - visual effects studios. The coolest part of this scoop is the behind-the-scenes look at what Ilm had to do to create living, breathing characters out »
Marvel has begun courting Ava DuVernay to direct one of its forthcoming "diverse movies," the Wrap reports. The comic-book studio apparently has her in mind for either Black Panther (their first movie with a lead superhero who isn't white) or Captain Marvel (their first movie with a lead superhero who isn't a man) — the former of which is supposed to be the more likely option, according to the Wrap's sources. If such a deal were to go through, DuVernay would not only be Marvel's first female director (after Patty Jenkins was taken off Thor: The Dark World), she'd also be the studio's first African-American helmer. Black Panther is set for 2018, and Captain Marvel is slated for 2019. In our ideal world, she'd obviously do both. But we realize that's crazy. Also, after what happened with Jenkins — and considering the amount of shade Joss Whedon has thrown at »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Well here’s some interesting news. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is losing one of its key voices in Joss Whedon, it appears that the higher ups at Marvel Studios are nevertheless keen on nabbing a high profile director for one of its Phase Three films. The Wrap reports that filmmaker Ava DuVernay, fresh off her incredible Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma, is being courted by Marvel to direct one of the studio’s “diverse” superhero movies, which means Black Panther or Captain Marvel. Apparently Marvel Studios had had discussions with DuVernay about taking the helm of one of its upcoming projects and there’s mutual interest in joining the McU, with insiders suggesting that the most likely candidate is Black Panther, which already has Chadwick Boseman set to star as the African superhero. [caption id="attachment_368478" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Marvel[/caption] Marvel is reportedly intent on hiring an African-American director for »
- Adam Chitwood
When Marvel's The Avengers hit theaters in 2012, it was a resounding success, taking in over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide, with some proclaiming it to be the best superhero movie ever. Of course, Marvel's The Avengers was just the beginning, with Marvel rolling out a slew of sequels and new adventures in Phase Two that lead up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has already earned $881 million worldwide in less than two weeks. While the sequel is certainly a financial success already, director Joss Whedon isn't coming back to Marvel anytime in the near future, even deactivating his own Twitter account following the sequel's release. The filmmaker revealed in a new interview that, while he said that Kevin Feige and everyone at the studio was "great," the process also broke him.
"You know, they were great. Because Kevin knows what he wants, he understands what I do. But I pushed them. »
With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons »
- Chris Eggertsen
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