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Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy have made 2014 the best year yet for Marvel, all eyes are on Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon to follow suit and bring an exciting end to Phase Two of the McU.
He promises to do that with the biggest Marvel film yet, featuring the familiar roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as well as some new faces like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as “The Twins,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively.
In a new interview with Empire, Whedon talks a bit about how Age of Ultron differs from its bar-raising 2012 predecessor, saying:
“It’s more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific. Ultron, he’s got a touch of the apocalypse in him.”
The inclusion of Ultron in the Avengers sequel came as a bit of a surprise for fans, »
- James Garcia
If we had any complaint about the first Avengers, it was that there wasn’t nearly enough of Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk or Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye. Fortunately, Kevin Feige has already promised to remedy that lack in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the latest batch of images indicate that he plans to deliver. Hulk and Hawkeye figure […]
- Angie Han
According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com, "Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron" movie director, Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige, delivered a couple of new spoiler teasers for the film at the recent Comic-Con 2014 event in San Diego,CA. In this particular segment, they talked about the Hulkbuster suit. Apparently, it's a backup suit in case things go awry, and more. Kevin told them that the Hulkbuster suit is a "bespoke suit. The back-up plan in case things go awry." Then Joss chimed in to say: "The Hulkbuster is from after my time as a reader, but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense because there's no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me." The movie stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, »
Along with those new photos yesterday of Jeremy Renner sporting his swank new coat on the set, the new issue of Empire (via Cbm) also includes some quotes from "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon and Marvel's Kevin Feige about both the villain Ultron and the inclusion of the famed 'Hulkbuster' armor in the movie.
In terms of the robot nemesis, Whedon says the film on the whole "is more epic and in other ways it's more noirish and suspect and devious and specific. Ultron... he's got a touch of the apocalypse in him."
Feige adds: "Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers. We unveiled a poster here [at Comic Con] which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That's what a lot of this movie is about. »
- Garth Franklin
Does this make up for Hawkeye being a mindless slave throughout most of The Avengers? Not quite, Joss, not quite. Empire Magazine featured next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in its latest issue, showcasing a new costume for Jeremy Renner’s famed archer (below). Director Joss Whedon is included in the shot too, trying his best to show Renner exactly what kind of badass fighting stance the actor should be adopting.
The new costume is certainly a more Robin Hood-esque look than the character’s military gear in The Avengers, though whether that’s a good thing or not, I’ll leave up to the fans. Also in the issue, Whedon commented on the use of super-robot Ultron (James Spader) as the sequel’s main antagonist, vaguely explaining of Age of Ultron:
“It’s more epic and in other ways it’s more noirish and suspect and devious and specific, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige discussed certain aspects of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon started out talking about the scope of the movie, saying, "It's more epic and in other ways it's more noirish and suspect and devious and specific. Ultron...he's got a touch of the apocalypse in him." Feige went on to elaborate on Ultron and his, army adding,
"Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers. We unveiled a poster here which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That's what a lot of this movie is about."
That's all the movie is about?! I'm sure there's more to it than that, but it definitely sounds like the Avengers are going to have their work cut »
- Joey Paur
In a new interview with Empire magazine, director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige spoke about "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer that was shown at Comic-Con, specifically regarding the scene in which the Hulk battles Tony Stark in his Hulkbuster suit. But since Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) are friends and teammates, why would Stark need a Hulkbuster suit? According to Feige it's a "back-up plan. In case things go awry." Whedon added: "The Hulkbuster is after my time [as a reader], but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense because there's no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me." »
(Cbr) "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will introduce another established Marvel Comics character in its second season: Crusher Creel -- better known as the Absorbing Man -- will be played by Brian Patrick Wade, as revealed Thursday on Marvel.com. Though Marvel's announcement refers to the character by his civilian identity, it looks like his namesake powers are intact: "With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off." The character will debut in the show's second season premiere next month, but Marvel has not specified if there's a plan for Wade to appear in more than one episode. The Absorbing Man is one of Marvel's longest-running villains, introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965's "Journey into Mystery" #114. Frequently depicted targeting Hulk, Thor and the Avengers as »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Currently on the set of Sinister 2, before he heads off to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange (and you won't be surprised to hear that's a movie that we couldn't explore in this interview), he spared us time for a chat about what he's done, and what he's up to. Without further ado...
Welcome to the world of international staggered release dates! We get Deliver Us From Evil this week in the UK, whereas it had a July 4th weekend release in the Us. It seems to me that it's a more natural fit over here than there.
How much control »
Taschen has announced a book marking Marvel Comics' 75th anniversary.
Comics veteran Roy Thomas is writing 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen (via Down the Tubes).
Former editor-in-chief Thomas has written a series of essays for the book.
Yes, an Infinity film to end off Phase 3! I believe that Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon will keep The Avengers franchise as "stand alone" films if you get what i'm saying? The villians for The Avengers 3 could easily be Kang the Conquerer or the Masters of Evil. In the Infinity film everyone in the McU (Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans, Avengers, Defenders) teams up to take him down! How the rest of the phase 3 films will lead up to that, I'll leave that to your imagination! For those who would like to see what could possibly happen in Thor 3 (which I believe you'll enjoy becuase of The Hulk) check out my theory by clicking this word! Wanna see some more Marvel tidbits that you may have missed? Click this word to check it out! What do you think of »
The term bromance is a pretty recent development, but the concept has been around for centuries. And bromances have existed in comics for almost the entirety of their existence. When superhero movies first began to appear, the bromances from the comic books tended to be ignored due to the focus on a singular hero. Even those friendships between superheroes and supporting characters seemed to be ignored (as in the case of the Hulk and Rick Jones) or extremely downplayed (Daredevil and Foggy Nelson).
But now with the norm being not superhero movies but superhero cinematic universes, these classic comic book bromances have begun to appear more and more regularly in the films. We already had Professor X and Magneto in the X-Men films (albeit to a reduced extent as they didn’t have many scenes together in the early films), but now we’ve also gotten Iron Man and War Machine, »
- Percival Constantine
Josh Brolin is perfect casting for Thanos, and I'm so happy that Marvel was able to wrangle him into their cinematic universe. It didn't take much convincing, though. In a recent interview with IGN the actor spoke about playing Thanos and how he got the part. He also talked about story, "Death," and taking on Iron Man.
When asked what attracted him to the villain, he said,
"First and foremost, I have a really good friend who I've known for years who's the co-president of Marvel, Louis D'Esposito. I knew Louis as a first Ad, and he's the one who initially called me, and then [producer] Jeremy Latcham. Then I talked to Kevin Feige, ultimately. But there's something about them that's so insular and so geeky and so real. I loved it -- because I've turned down a lot of those types of movies. Not Marvel, but I've turned down a »
- Joey Paur
Though Thanos only appears in a couple of scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy, his presence is ongoing throughout the entire film. Josh Brolin voices the character for the first time in the latest Marvel flick, and the actor seems to be very excited about portraying The Mad Titan. While promoting his film Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Brolin talked extensively about his character Thanos, his relationship with Death, and more.
Brolin talked about how he had been offered roles in superhero films but always turned them down, until this opportunity came about. According to him, it was the guys making the movie (behind-the-scenes) who convinced him to take on the role.
"First and foremost, I have a really good friend who I've known for years who's the co-president of Marvel, Louis D'Esposito. I knew Louis as a first Ad, and he's the one who initially called me, »
- Laura Frances
If anything's true of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, it's that you come out and instantly want more. Director James Gunn has already promised he'll have a sequel out in three years' time, but until that happens there's at least one other place you can look: the source material. Marvel's comics.
And rather than leave you to navigate the choppy waters of Marvel's continuity alone, we've put together this quick list of comics you might want to read to try and sate those Guardian cravings. Be warned. There are spoilers here…
A relaunch of the team starring the movie cast, this book features a full retelling of Star »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a staggeringly impressive achievement, a blockbuster franchise of unparalleled ambition which has successfully brought together Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and countless other special guests into one collective cinematic world. Back in 2008, when Iron Man kicked off the whole shindig, could many of us have foreseen The Avengers grossing $1.5 billion and becoming the third-highest-grossing film of all time?
The success of the McU is certainly in part down to luck, but it’s also hugely because of the clever creative decisions made by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and those most intimately associated with casting, writing and directing and, of course, the actors themselves. However, we came close to some pretty calamitous decisions in all these regards, ones that may well have affected the McU’s popularity sufficiently such that we may never have even had an Avengers movie to begin with.
- Jack Pooley
Got 12 minutes? MTV's Josh Horowitz will narrate you through the many Easter eggs of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Thor 2 — from Stan Lee's many cameos to an obvious Hulk joke about purple pants. Did you know Oracle is an actual company, and thus, product placement? Did you know a oft-featured local-news report places the movies in chronological order? If you did, congrats! You're a nerd. Enjoy! »
- Lindsey Weber
Marvel Studios is still new. Based on their track record, that’s almost hard to believe. Of the nine movies they’ve put out, all of them have performed considerably well, if not completely gangbusters, at the box office. Considering their latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is on track to make over $70m this weekend, their luck will continue. At this point, we may have to stop calling it luck and start calling it smart business decisions. One of the people responsible for Marvel’s success is, of course, the president of the studio, Kevin Feige, and he’s fully embraced the spirit — and often downright weirdness – of the characters and their worlds. Feige gambled on an untested formula that’s paid off. Few people expected Iron Man, and with it Marvel, to succeed the way that it did, but he was one of them. Six years ago, it was clear he believed in their ambitious »
- Jack Giroux
Directed by: James Gunn
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Plot: A group of dysfunctional ruffians fight over the same orb, and then end up trying to save a planet.
Who’S It For? People who go see comic book movies, which is all of us now, I guess.
These title accidental heroes may be “a-holes” or “losers,” but their story’s sense of their outsider quality is delusional; the same way that to be a geek before the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s character crusade seven years ago has a completely different definition now, not to mention a lack of stigma. The story of these galaxy guardians is not packaged to be one that is different from those of which they are meant to be underdogs from; the most »
- Nick Allen
Seems like the cast and crew are all pretty sure this is going to happen, most notably, director James Gunn (a little after the 2 minute mark in the video below)
"We talked about all sorts of possibilities, says Gunn talking to Yahoo!, "I know what the basic plan is. That could or could include a couple of Avengers and a couple of Guardians meeting up, or all of the Avengers and all of the Guardians. But, we do inhabit the same universe and they’re pretty big personalities that are likely to, at some point or another, run into each other."
But, you know, not on Planet Hulk.
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