On top of being a longtime member of The Avengers, a genius scientist and a superhero with the ability to change size and communicate with ants, Hank Pym is known for two very specific decisions which will forever serve as major, perhaps even unforgivable, moments in his career.
Hank Pym creates Ultron who in Marvel Comics is responsible for so much death and carnage. From The Avengers 2 footage, Ultron is just as much of a killer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s not Pym who creates him this time. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) does, which is quite a deviation from the books. While that also resulted in the creation of the ...
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- Rob Keyes
I never thought I'd see one actor play two characters within the cinematic Marvel universe, but if anyone can do it, Paul Bettany can. As the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's constant AI companion since the first Iron Man film, Bettany is one of the longest standing members of the Marvel crew. In Avengers: Age of Ultron Bettany steps into the shoes (or cape) of the Vision. A newly created android who is somehow maybe sort of related to J.A.R.V.I.S. - unsurprisingly they weren't telling us a whole lot in advance of Marvel's Hall H panel. Earlier today at Comic-Con I sat down for a group interview with Bettany about the Vision Age of Ultron. He walked up to the table, pretending to read a message on his phone intently, “I'm just looking up something. Yep, I can’t say anything. »
- Haleigh Foutch
San Diego — Rumor had it that during their highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Marvel Studios would announce which actor is playing the new Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming big screen adaptation. Rumor also had it that Marvel would reveal who is playing Captain Marvel, a much-needed super-powered female Avenger that is expected to cameo in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Neither event happened. Instead, the studio announced that a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" has already been greenlit and it already has a release date of July 28, 2017. Oh yeah, and they showed a massive amount of footage from Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel with almost the entire cast on hand. A who's who of Hollywood stars including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany »
- Gregory Ellwood
It was also officially announced that actor Josh Brolin can be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in Gunn’s upcoming film, opening in theaters this Friday, August 1st.
Brolin will also play Thanos in future movies for Marvel Studios.
“Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
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— GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) July 27, 2014
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week! »
- Michelle McCue
Long before shows like Game of Thrones and Lost taught us that anyone was expendable, Joss Whedon was the undisputed master at killing off your favorite characters. Whedon's tenure at the helm of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel left behind a body count of the beloved, but you might have thought that Whedon's foray into directing superhero movies would curb his murderous tendencies: Yes, he snuck one surprise death into The Avengers, but the superhero-stuffed sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn't seem to have as many expendables. Who among these franchise-sporting superheroes could he kill, really?The answer, it seems, is every goddamn last one of them.That is, if we're to go by the shocking last scene from the Age of Ultron trailer that just screened at Comic-Con tonight. Most of the trailer is something else entirely: We see the Avengers tussling with the arrogant robot »
- Kyle Buchanan
During Marvel's massive Hall H panel, the main cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron took to the stage, along with Kevin Feige. Even though production is still ongoing, the producer and cast had a little treat for the fans, the first footage from this highly-anticipated sequel!
First off, we reported last month that the opening moments of the sequel include a party scene at the Avengers tower, which gets ruined when Ultron (James Spader) himself shows up. The scenes that were shown take place at this party, with all of the Avengers in their civilian clothes, as each of them take turns trying to lift Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) enchanted hammer, Mjolnir. Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) tries and fails, and he even can't make the hammer budge with his Iron Man hand and War Machine. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) fails to move the hammer, although Captain America (Chris Evans) does »
Marvel kicked off its "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Comic Con presentation with one bit of sad news - Joss Whedon couldn't make it as he was laid up in London following knee surgery and isn't allowed to fly.
Almost the entire main cast was there though - Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobey Smulders, Clark Gregg, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and James Spader with new mother Scarlett Johansson having to sit this out.
Downey made the crowd swoon, coming into the hall throwing roses and dancing to a Jackson 5 number. Along the way he cracked jokes about how with each casting addition he becomes a little less significant.
Hemsworth got a joke in when asked what he'd like to see Thor do. He responded "Turn him into a woman" and joked that doing so would probably earn him an Oscar. »
- Garth Franklin
After playing a minor, yet important and memorable role in all three Iron Man films and The Avengers, Joss Whedon found a way to give star Paul Bettany a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that takes him out of the sound booth and puts him on set. After hours and hours of makeup of course.
Leading up to Comic-Con, Marvel Studios opened the floodgates on official photos and set interviews for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and from the early marketing push we learned a little more about the titular villain Ultron and is masterful creation, Vision.
- Rob Keyes
The company's Comic-Con International panel concluded on Saturday (July 26) with the announcement that a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will open on July 28, 2017.
Producer Kevin Feige said in a statement: "Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed and cast members Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), along with Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly descended upon the Comic-Con crowd in Hall H today, and even though shooting doesn't begin until August 18, they did share a little something with the fans, a brief glimpse at test footage with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd.
The Ant-Man footage begins with a shot through a laboratory, where we see numerous beakers filled with different colored liquids, along with a glass cage with an anthill inside. The footage cuts to a rooftop where we see Ant-Man there in his shrunken state, but it seems he is being pursued by full-sized humans. Lang is petrified, which leads Pym to say, "Geez Lang. You'd think someone only shrunk your balls." An ant lands and Scott Lang climbs on his back, petrified, as we can hear Pym talking to Lang through the helmet. »
While Zack Snyder was introducing the Trinity in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con International, Marvel was holding its annual Marvel Animation panel, during which we were finally given confirmation that the long-rumoured Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is heading to Disney Xd.
Although no premiere date was given for Guardians of the Galaxy, a 60-second clip was shown (which will hopefully make its way online), while it was also revealed that the cosmic superhero team is set to make guest appearances in all three of Marvel’s current animated shows, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., with the latter two also getting official season two renewals.
Stay tuned for more Marvel news from Sdcc today, including the Cup O’Joe panel and of course Marvel Studios’ big screen offerings.
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- Gary Collinson
A bit of housekeeping here amid the Comic-Con madness….
While it has long been rumored, Marvel confirmed today at Comic-Con that the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series will be coming to Disney Xd later this fall. They made the announcement with a 1-minute preview featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot involved in some explosive action.
The news was announced to coincide with next weekend's premier of the big screen event Guardians of the Galaxy, with the animated series carrying the same tone and style as its movie counterpart.
Not much information was released about the series itself, with Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb stating,
"Enjoy the cartoons, that's what you are supposed to do on a Saturday morning."
There was also footage shown from the second season of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., »
During the Marvel Television panel at Comic-Con yesterday a teaser trailer was shown for their second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It features Patton Oswalt, who will be coming back as Agent Koenig. The teaser hints at a new team member — Barbara Morse, aka Mockingbird.
A member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers in the comics, Mockingbird was first created by Gerry Conway and Barry Smith and introduced in Astonishing Tales #6 in 1971. Though she doesn't have any super powers, she was injected with an experimental serum that gave her enhanced strength and speed. The character also became romantically involved with Hawkeye in the source material.
The cast of the show includes Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons »
- Joey Paur
This morning at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Animation unveiled the newest addition to its growing lineup of animated series: Guardians of the Galaxy.
The series was revealed at the Marvel Animation panel with a one-minute trailer that prominently featured Guardians characters Rocket Raccoon and Star Lord. As Marvel is fond of synergy across all of its entertainment properties, it’s likely that the lineup for the series will very closely resemble that of the Guardians film, which premieres next week.
- Joshua Rivera
The shows, which are part of the network’s Marvel Universe programming block, are currently in production on their sophomore season and slated to premiere this fall. “Avengers Assemble” is Disney Xd’s top animated series in total viewers and boys 6-14.
While season two of “Avengers Assemble” follows the titular superheros as they face off against the infamous cosmic warlord Thanos, the new season of “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” sets the course for a looming cosmic catastrophe in the Marvel universe.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Briefly: With James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy riding a wave of critical acclaim to its August 1st release date, Marvel has no reason not to feel confident in the tentpole. And today, at the San Diego Comic-Con, the studio announced that it would be doubling up on the property, with news that Guardians of the Galaxy will come to the small screen in the form of an animated series.
No word yet on a premiere, but the series will air on Disney Xd. That doesn’t come as much of a surprise, seeing as that kid-targeted network already airs the cartoons Avengers Assemble and Hulk and The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Accompanying the announcement was a one-minute clip featuring a lot of action and the Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill/Star-Lord characters.
Also at the animation panel, Marvel screened the first episode of the upcoming Disney Xd series Marvel »
- Isaac Feldberg
2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
The Avengers look ready for battle.
Directed by Joss Whedon, the film will feature Ultron as the main villain. The character and his army of robots look like they’ll be posing a big threat to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver — even Vision, who can be seen flying in the background.
When combined, the eight posters depict a massive and intense battle that will take place in the movie.
See the images below.
- Marc Graser
It's Marvel day here at Comic-Con (and it might be DC Comics day too if the Warner Bros. panel brings some surprises), and before the comic book studio unleashes their panel this evening, they've tossed out the final two concept art posters for The Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). It looks like the God of Thunder is having a little bit of trouble with Ultron's robot army and the big guy looks pretty pissed off too. And if you want to see how all the concept art posters released so far together for an awesome scene, we've put the entire image below as well. It's pretty great. Here's the final two concept art posters for The Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel: And here's all eight of the posters pieced together into this awesome mural: The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written & directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, »
- Ethan Anderton
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