Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "There is only one path to peace... your extinction." Now playing around the world is Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon's The Avengers from 2012. The whole cast is back for a superhero team-up unlike anything, but this time the villain is a creation of their own. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. Directed by Joss Whedon. So how is it? Better than the first? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, »
- Alex Billington
Avengers: Age of Ultron,2015.
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.
The novelty of witnessing a team of superheroes (whether they are humans, Gods, or fantastical beings with enhanced abilities) is one that seems like its wow factor should be whittled down a notch in its sequel titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it isn’t. The concept is still relentlessly entertaining with full throttle pacing and numerous geek-out moments, whether Earth’s mightiest heroes are landing whimsical »
- Robert Kojder
We live in the “What’s Next?” age of anticipation/speculation/guesstimation, but this weekend it’s time to stop and enjoy the now, as Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally in theaters across the globe. We’ve all been looking forward to this movie pretty much since the credits rolled on The Avengers, and writer/director Joss Whedon had an unenviable challenge ahead of him by following up the third highest grossing movie of all time. For my part, I actually think Age of Ultron is a better movie than The Avengers in nearly every way. It’s stranger, darker, and more intimate. Whedon made clear that his intention wasn’t to “go bigger” with the sequel, and while the action sequences are definitely massive and more intense than those in The Avengers, I was enthused to find that the film has a very strong focus on character. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Vision was one of a cavalcade of new characters that were introduced in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And with his flowing cape, bright red skin and kick-ass new powers, he has instantly become a fan favorite amongst Marvel fans. It turns out though that there is one man who originally had a slight problem with The Vision: a certain Stan Lee. Stan Lee helped to create the character of The Vision alongside Roy Thomas and John Buscema ahead of his debut in issue 57 of The Avengers, which was released in October 1968. And Thomas has now explained to The Hollywood Reporter that when he originally brought his vision of The Vision to Stan Lee, the iconic comic-book writer immediately spotted a problem with it. Thomas said: Stan hated the color of The Vision. ‘Why’d you make him red? Red’s not a good color! But Thomas »
The day is finally here, and fans assemble for the follow-up to Marvel's 2012 Joss Whedon-directed hit movie The Avengers. This week's new release, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was also written and directed by Whedon, creator of hit TV franchises Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
Marvel continues to tie events in its film franchise to its TV series Agents of Shield, which provides a plausible reason for the group of superheroes to reunite in search of Loki's sceptre. The sceptre has fallen into dangerous hands in the wake of Shield's collapse, as witnessed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of Shield. The recapture of that artifact leads to the creation of Ultron, a new and deadly cybernetic enemy bent on the team's destruction.
James Spader voices Ultron, and it's hard not to like the villain perhaps more than the heroes with his matter-of-fact quips and insults, »
- Mike Saulters
There aren't a lot of interesting movies hitting theaters this May. Heck, there aren't a lot of movies, period, hitting theaters this May. Sure, one title that will soon be crowned one of the biggest of all-time -- you know the one of which I speak -- after it bowed late last night to the tune of $27.6 million. Who knows, it could very well be the case that several of you read this article while you're standing in line to see the-movie-that-shall-not-be-named-until-page-two. And if that's the case, I urge you to share this with your cohorts, all those people standing around you looking for something to do until the movie finally (Finally!) starts. Do it now, don't worry, I'll wait. But back to what I was saying... Outside of a handful of blockbusters, there just isn't a lot on the release slate for the coming month. It's slim pickings, y'all! »
- Jordan Benesh
Today, after a week of waiting patiently for the release, Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in the USA, and the film is already breaking records from its Thursday midnight previews.
From midnight shows, Ultron ended with an estimated $27.6 million, almost $10 million more than the $18.7 million midnight opening for The Avengers on the same weekend in 2012. In addition, the film smashed through $3 million in IMAX to set a new Thursday previews record, beating the $2.3 million set by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is still the market leader for opening day grosses, taking $91 million in its first day which included around $43.5 million from its own Thursday previews, on its way to a huge $169.2 million opening weekend. In addition, Ultron’s Thursday numbers are also behind the $30 million took by The Dark Knight Rises »
- Scott J. Davis
Avengers: Age of Ultron is already nearly $9 million ahead of its predecessor as it scored $27.6 million from Thursday night screenings last night, well above the $18.7 million taken in by Marvel's The Avengers back in 2012. With that total comes the first of what will likely be many records broken as $3 million of that total came from IMAX screenings, besting the previous record of $2.3 million set by The Dark Knight Rises. readmore postid="175484" The total is, however, well short of the Thursday night preview record, which belongs to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed a massive $43.5 million back in July 2011. It's also behind the $30 million brought in by The Dark Knight Rises and the totals from three of the films in the Twilight franchise, but that doesn't mean much when it comes to the overall opening weekend record as the first Avengers was well below those numbers and »
- Brad Brevet
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 1. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Avengers: Age of Ultron Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany Synopsis: "When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes 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." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (12 reviews) Far From the Madding Crowd Director: Thomas Vinterberg Cast: Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Matthias »
- Steve Greene
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening night box office was booming. Variety reports that the film raked in $27.6 million from opening night screenings. The Avengers pulled in $18.7 million from opening night screenings, although keep in mind that pre-midnight screenings became far more prevalent after the Aurora shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Nevertheless, Age of Ultron is already speeding towards breaking The Avengers’ all-time opening weekend of $207 million. I’m more curious about whether or not the movie will have legs. Reviews for Age of Ultron have been slightly less positive and there's no longer the novelty of seeing these characters share the screen. The question is what film will be able to dethrone Avengers at the box office. For all of our Avengers: Age of Ultron coverage, click here or on our recent stories below: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review Watch: Joss Whedon and the »
- Matt Goldberg
It just wouldn't be Friday without a new episode of the RopeofSilicon Radio Show now would itc Today Laremy and I review Avengers: Age of Ultron, have a listen to the new red band trailer for Ted 2 to find out why it's on Laremy's most anticipated list for this summer, read a #GoodComment, check out the latest news, play some games and answer some questions. 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 us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Well, this is impressive! Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted with $27.6 million last night, a considerable amount more than The Avengers' haul of $18.7 million back in 2012. That obviously indicates a huge weekend at the box office for the sequel, and those estimates of a record shattering $230 million total are looking more and more likely at this stage. The Marvel vs. DC fanboys should also be glad to hear that the movie broke the Thursday IMAX record of The Dark Knight Rises, taking $3 million compared to that threequel's still impressive $2.3 million. So, where does Avengers: Age of Ultron stand right now? It's taken $27.6 million domestic, $287.3 million internationally, thereby giving it a worldwide total of $314.9 million. That's after just one week of release and less than 24 hours in North America. Have you seen the sequel yet? Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., »
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon
Avengers: Age of Ultron represents the zenith of Marvel Studios’ Phase 2, the culmination of all the films and television shows that represent the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last two years. Like the first film, this superhero team up pulls out all the stops to astound, taking the audience on a thrill ride of almost unrelenting action. All the main players return including some new faces and due to the sheer amount of characters, action set pieces and Marvel references on display, all lamentations over any lack of subtext are eclipsed by the sheer magnitude of superheroic action. Writer/director Joss Whedon keeps things moving quickly and with a wit that shines through the comic book livery to deliver what is essentially pure pop spectacle. Perhaps those who are a little tired of what Marvel is doing should steer »
- Liam Dunn
The 2015 summer movie season officially kicks off with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Needless to say that the bar has been set pretty damn high here. The prior installment, The Avengers (2012), was a well-received film that also had the third highest gross in history with $1.5 billion in ticket sales. That doesn’t even count all the merchandise the film sold. When critics and fans like your work, then you know the job has been done right. Now, the trick is to pull it off again.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was directed by Joss Whedon, who also directed the prior film. It has already been announced that Whedon will not direct the next film in the series and after the success and time expenditure, roughly half a decade, one can certainly understand that decision. He has already hit the pinnacle by going from fan-boy and cult favorite to the writer/director of »
- Steven Gahm
Chicago – “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” is another overstuffed, action packed CGI addled slugfest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. but the effects are exhausting instead of exhilarating. What has set the Avengers apart is the great interplay between the characters – and when the movie stops to take a breath, those relationships shine through.
But too often Writer Director Joss Whedon’s quiet moments get pushed aside for another increasingly numbing destructive spectacle.
Trouble begins right away with The Avengers in mid mission taking down one of the last Hydra baddies. They trade quips like the gang from “Oceans 11,” but the effects surrounding them are just big, loud and ordinary.
Once they recover Loki’s scepter – which contains one of the building blocks of the Marvel Universe – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. David Banner (Mark Ruffalo) begin fiddling around with it. Stark, still scarred by the events of the first Avengers film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Look. We all know sequels usually suck. And blockbuster films often get panned for overprioritizing special effects at the expense of a well-written story and character development. Even when a story in a big-budget film is redeeming, it’s practically impossible not to shoot holes through it.
Taking three years as a follow up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of James Spader” – I mean, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – kicks off 2015’s summer blockbuster season in true Hollywood style. Regardless of what he said or she said, you know you’re very likely going to see it in theatres or eventually at home. A perfect film it is not (as most aren’t), but an enjoyable film it definitely is for 141 minutes that certainly don’t feel too long.
This sequel features a rich story that’s much deeper than surface level, memorable characters that all play »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Of all the Marvel Comics characters who has been making his way into movies in recent years, Hulk arguably has had the rockiest road. While the character gained a great deal of notoriety thanks to the Incredible Hulk television show, and was considered by many to be the best part of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, the two solo features in which he has starred in the past 15 years didn't go over nearly as well with audiences or critics. So what's the reason behind this? Well, the monster's original creator, Stan Lee, believes that the films simply make him too powerful for his own good. The Marvel Comics founder recently sat down for an extensive interview with Rolling Stone to talk about The Hulk - who is featured on this month's cover - and it was during the conversation that Lee revealed his thoughts about how Hulk should operate in »
It’s all Joss Whedon’s fault! He made The Avengers in 2012 and set the bar for the comic-book movie genre with his ingenious, funny writing and engaging interplay of superheroes. He’s the reason I had high hopes for Age of Ultron, even though it bears the burden of being a sequel. But I’m sorry to say I came away disappointed. Long, loud, and confoundingly cluttered, the film shows stress cracks early on, as it tries to disturb the temporary harmony its characters achieved in the first film, just so Whedon can pull them back together for a rousing finale. It doesn’t quite work. Yes, it’s fun to see the Marvel stars at odds with each other, spouting wisecracks galore. Robert Downey,...
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- Leonard Maltin
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 breaking box-office records and adding more fuel to the superhero fire, The Avengers are back, kicking off the summer movie season with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Director Joss Whedon is back at the helm, welcoming the old team of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) back into the fray, while adding a few new members, including »
- Paul Shirey
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