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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Lego Batman, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Bloodshot, Harbinger and more…
Marvel kicked off the 2015 superhero season this past week as Avengers: Age of Ultron began rolling out in international markets, opening with $9.5 million on Wednesday and pushing its total by close of play on Thursday to $44.8 million, having claimed the top spot in each country where it’s showing. Here in the UK, the film outperformed both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by 54% and 40% respectively with its opening on Thursday, and is expected to pull in anywhere between »
- Gary Collinson
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
Which popular game company is making a Marvel game? Want to see The Avengers describe the history of the McU? Did Robert Downey Jr. confirm Spider-man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War? Did a tease of The Flash hint at Justice League? How does a new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D clip tease Avengers: Age of Ultron? What […]
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- Germain Lussier
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
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. 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, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits cinemas on May 1st, 2015. »
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
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
While the extensive press tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron is slowly coming to a close, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and many other stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are gearing up for the much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War, which officially starts filming on Monday, April 27. During multiple interviews, the Captain America and Iron Man actors talked a bit about how The Avengers sequel sets the stage for the 2016 follow-up, as well as what causes the two superhereos to fall-out. “Morality hits Tony, humanity hits Tony,” said Evans in a joint interview with Downey. “All of a sudden he feels responsible. Neither one of them are blindly convicted. It’s blurry and that’s what makes it great. No one’s right, no one’s wrong.” Robert then added, “It’s going to make it even harder for them to come to an agreement, which I’m really excited about. »
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
Avengers Assemble which released in 2012 brought together the bouquet of Superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That film not only went on to be the third biggest earner of all time but was a critically acclaimed film too. What stood out was the immensely thought out action set pieces and also the humorous exchanges between all the characters. So when the sequel is here, the expectations are raised even further. Read More »
- Indicine Team
Two British actors masquerading as American superheroes are on this week's Empire Podcast, namely Paul Bettany (The Avengers: Age Of Ultron's The Vision) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil's, um, Daredevil). Also, the team finally tackle that question of questions: what are the best running scenes in cinema?By the way, our Daredevil spoiler podcast is up on Monday, April 27, and our Avengers: Age Of Ultron spoiler special is up on Monday, May 4.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Northmen is an action-packed and brutal Viking Saga that brings together a top-class cast and some truly bone-crushing fight sequences. Shot against the breathtaking backdrop of South Africa’s Cape Province, the film stars True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten, Tom Hopper (Black Sails), Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones), James Norton (Rush), Charlie Murphy (Philomena) and Johan Hegg – legendary frontman for Swedish heavy metal band, Amon Amarth.
Available for download 20th April and on DVD 27th April, Northmen is thrilling, violent, bloody and boasts some of the best and most realistic fight scenes in years.
To win a copy of Northmen on DVD, just answer the following question:
Which of the following films also starred Northmen’s Ryan Kwanten? Is it:
b) Red Hill
c) The Wolfman
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, »
- Phil Wheat
Held in London earlier this week, the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron (read our spoiler free review here) were out for the European press conference. Along with director Joss Whedon was stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Paul Bettany (The Vision).
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- Luke Owen
It’s a staple of comic book heroes that they do everything to keep their everyday human identities a secret. Yet for actor Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in The Avengers and the Captain America franchise, it seems that putting on the stars and stripes costume is also part of a double life. Whenever he’s not throwing his shield around in the Marvel Universe, he’s making movies more suited to the art house. »
Early indications from the international opening day for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron have the film already breaking records.
The superhero sequel opened in 11 foreign markets on Wednesday, claiming first place in each of those markets and grossing an estimated $9.5 million on its first day. France saw the biggest opening with $2.7 million, which was 13% ahead of its predecessor, while the film scored the best opening day ever in two Asian territories, with $1.6 million in the Philippines, and $900k in Indonesia, with the later a massive 99% better than The Avengers.
The film also smashed records in Taiwan and Italy, where it bettered all the other previous Marvel films. The numbers are set to soar even further by Friday, with its hugely anticipated release in the UK on Thursday.
The Avengers opened to a $185 million across foreign markets in 2012, and the new film is expected to follow suit despite opening in »
- Scott J. Davis
The 'Vision' was created by writer Roy Thomas and illustrator John Buscema...
"...the robot 'Ultron' is the creator of the 'Vision'...
"...a type of android he calls a 'synthezoid'...
"...for use against Ultron's own co-creator, 'Tony Stark' and 'Baron Strucker'.
"Temporarily controlled by Ultron...
"...the Vision rebuilds Ultron of indestructible 'adamantium'...
"...and battles the Avengers before regaining his self-control.
"In the comics, the Vision hooks up with 'Wanda Maximoff', aka 'Scarlet Witch', with whom he becomes romantically involved.
"The 'Solar Jewel' on the Vision's forehead...
"...absorbs ambient solar energy providing power to function...
"...also capable of discharging as optic beams, infrared and microwave radiation.
"The Vision also possesses the ability to manipulate his density, »
- Michael Stevens
Take another look @ revealing images of Marvel Studios' actress Cobie Smulders aka 'S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill', soon to be seen in "Aengers: Age Of Ultron", in a recent pictorial for "Instyle Magazine" (Russia):
"As with all S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, 'Maria Hill' is a talented commander...
"...an expert marksman and capable hand-to-hand combatant.
"She is also the second most powerful figure in S.H.I.E.L.D. behind 'Nick Fury'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Cobie Smulders...
- Michael Stevens
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
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