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
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. »
Every fan of The Avengers remembers that memorable line Bruce Banner delivered during the Battle of New York: "I.m always angry." This was right before he transformed into The Hulk and punched a Leviathan monster straight in the face. It was basically the most badass possible way to deliver that line. Three years later, writer and director Joss Whedon revealed the origin of that signature moment. Whedon told Rolling Stone that it took him a while to come up with Banner.s line, but its essence is actually rooted in how the director feels when he gets pissed off. Whedon said: I thought, .This feels psychologically true, like somebody could be like that.. And then about four months after the movie came out, something happened and I just lost my shit. I was like, 'Oh! It's about me! As angry as Whedon may have gotten, at least he didn »
All this week, we’ve seen Marvel slowly begin to allow reviews to trickle out about Avengers: Age of Ultron, in advance of the global release this weekend, followed by the U.S. next week. So far, the early word has been pretty solid, with some out and out raves and almost no outright detractors. After how big a smash across the board The Avengers was, seeing the sequel apparently continue the trend is a solid sight to behold. Marvel continues their perfect record and comic book fans get another top tier piece of entertainment to enjoy. The summer movie season is about to begin folks… You’d basically have to live under a rock not to be fully aware what this film is about, but at the off chance you don’t, I’m more than willing to provide a quick primer. Continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and working »
- Joey Magidson
During the press tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron (read our spoiler free review here), Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were asked by IGN about Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and relationship status with Hulk in the movie. The question was asked due to the first movie hinting a relationship with Hawkeye and flirtatious teasing between her and Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War. Their response was… ill advised.
“She’s a slut”, Renner says flatly, causing Evans to burst into laughter and call her a “complete whore”.
“She’ll just flirt with anyone”, Evans adds.
While it is clear the two are joking, the comments are terribly judged – particularly when Avengers: Age of Ultron is under the firing line once again for not featuring Black Widow on much of its merchandise.
In a statement with EW Evans apologised for his comments saying, “yesterday we were asked about the »
- Luke Owen
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” reviews and interviews are popping up like mushrooms after a rainstorm. And as ever with major press tours, there’s bound to be drama. Everyone thought it had reared its head yesterday when Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview after a reporter took a sharp right turn into asking questions about his past drug usage. But while that exchanged captured the attention of fans and news outlets alike, another soundbite was bubbling up, ready to explode. During a video interview with Digital Spy, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked about the tendency of Avengers’ fandom to ship (wish) Black Widow was romantically involved with either Hawkeye or Captain America, and how do the actors feel now that it appears she’s hooking up with Bruce Banner. Their response? To call Black Widow a slut and a whore, albeit in jest. The bit is »
- Donna Dickens
While over in London to promote Daredevil, Flickering Myth’s Deputy Editor Luke Owen caught up with Charlie Cox to talk about the series and look ahead to season two. With the new season being announced for next year, how will this affect the line up of other shows including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders?
“Yeah, I don’t really know [how it affects The Defenders], that’s being discussed by people who are much more important than I am,” Cox told us. “If you watch the first season, you discover that it’s Matt Murdock’s evolution into Daredevil. So by the time we get to the end, we’ve only just touched on that. So I think it’s valid to have another 13 hours where we see Matt Murdock inhabit Daredevil and live in that persona. So we’ll do that this year and it will presumably be released next year, »
- Luke Owen
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” got off to an impressive start at the international box office for Disney Wednesday. The sequel to Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster took in $9.5 million overseas and was No. 1 in all 11 territories in which it debuted. The top market was France, where “Age of Ultron” took in the $2.7 million, finishing 13 percent ahead of “The Avengers” debut and five percent ahead of the “Iron Man 3” opening there. Both of those were pre-holiday Wednesdays. The Joss Whedon film, led by Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson, took in $1.6 million on its first day in the Philippines. »
- Linda Ge
Coinciding with Avengers: Age of Ultron’s UK release today [read our spoiler free review here], Marvel Studios has dropped a trio of TV spots for the superhero sequel, as well as video featurettes focussing on Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Check them out below…
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
Spoilers: This video review contains plot details some viewers may wish to avoid.
Watch the video above to find out all this and more, give Age of Ultron a rating out of five, then scroll down to leave your comments below.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in UK cinemas now and will debut in the Us on May 1.
Reporting by Simon Reynolds and Emma Dibdin; Filming by Tom Mansell and Amie Parker-Williams; Editing by Amie Parker-Williams »
For those readers in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, today is the day that Avengers: Age of Ultron finally zooms into theaters, with early reports revealing that Joss Whedon’s sequel is tracking for a mammoth opening at the box office. Whether it can topple its predecessor’s haul – which currently stands as the third highest-grossing film ever with $1.5 billion – will be determined over the coming weeks and months, though one thing is for certain: Age of Ultron will act as Whedon’s final outing in the director’s chair under Marvel.
With The Winter Soldier‘s Joe and Anthony Russo set to carry the torch henceforth, the fan favorite has reflected on his time at the helm, revealing a great many intriguing tidbits about the inner workings of the McU. One facet that still bothers Whedon, though, is the decision to revive Clark Gregg’s Agent »
- Michael Briers
Producer Kevin Feige is thrilled to reassemble The Avengers team and bring Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to the big screen for the legions of fans who helped make the record-breaking Marvel’s “The Avengers” a worldwide hit. “Making ‘The Avengers’ films is in certain ways just plain fun, especially now as we are embarking on the second one,” says Feige. “It’s exciting to get these great actors, who had a good time on the first movie and who have had their own experiences filming their solo movies, and bring them all back together. That’s half of the issue right there. With Joss Whedon’s dialogue and the way he can bring those characters to life, I could just watch The Avengers sit in a room and talk for two hours. I think a lot of people in the audience could too. But we have to do more than that, »
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When Scarlett Johansson dons Black Widow’s gear for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” she has one clear goal in mind: keeping true to her character. Johansson says, “The most important aspect of my job as an actor, who’s been carrying this character from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ is to keep consistency with the character’s arc and have the character’s evolution be one that is cohesive. You want to feel like the character is growing as opposed to just staying the same.” Although Johansson worked with different directors over the course of inhabiting the Natasha Romanoff character, it was her first meeting with director/writer Joss Whedon that allowed her to explore her character’s past. “In my first meeting with Joss, I had the chance to talk about Natasha’s backstory and her sordid past,” recalls Johansson, “and »
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The Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in cinemas today much to the relief of Marvel fans everywhere. The film which is of course a follow-up to The Avengers Assemble introduced several new characters to the cinematic Marvel universe; The Vision, Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. The latter is played by the Olsen twins’ younger sister Elizabeth Olsen and did a great job of almost stealing the film (read our review here).
Whilst over in the UK promoting the new release the actress took part in a Q and A at the Apple store and confirmed that Age Of Ultron isn’t the last we’ll see of her telekinetic alter-ego. When asked about whether she’d be seen in third Captain America outing Civil War she responded positively saying ‘I guess I’m allowed to talk about that now.’ She didn’t go into any more detail other than she »
- Kat Smith
Elizabeth Olsen has a message for fellow actresses starting out in Hollywood - it doesn't destroy your career if you appear naked on screen.
The 26-year-old star told Net-a-Porter's The Edit that she took inspiration from a young Kate Winslet in choosing to reveal all for a part.
"I thought to myself, 'Ok, so it doesn't destroy your career if you appear nude or take risks', because not everyone in my family and group of friends thought it was the best idea to be naked in a movie.
"There are actresses, young and old, who have decided never to do that and they become those examples people talk to you about, [but] there are times »
Not without problems, but continues the Avengers tradition of big, bold blockbusters that don’t need to toss away thoughtfulness to remain pure popcorn fun. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel movies
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Sneaky superhero movie! It was another caped-crusader tradition that gave us the idea that heroes who don’t die in the line of duty live to become villains, but it took The Avengers to let it play out onscreen. The bad guys in Age of Ultron? Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. For real.
In Tony’s case, his villainy is externalized in Ultron, an AI creation that he has been working on for years but which he can finally bring to fruition now that the Avengers have reacquired Loki’s wondrous scepter from what’s left of Hydra (this is the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fan-favorite Robert Downey Jr. reprises his seminal portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man for the fifth time in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In Marvel’s “The Avengers” Tony Stark struggled to become a team player and in “Iron Man 3” audiences saw him transcend his dependency on the tech that was keeping him alive. So where does he go now? To Robert Downey Jr. the answer is simple: “There’s all this unfinished business. There’s the matter of a certain wormhole that opened over New York and the imminent threat that still implies, so Tony has turned his attentions more toward a bit of a post-Reagan-era, Star-Wars-type notion and he likes to call it Ultron.” Right from the beginning of the project, Downey Jr. found a lot to like in writer/director Joss Whedon’s compelling screenplay. “To me it’s further developing the complexities of the »
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British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson makes his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he takes on the role of Quicksilver in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Taylor-Johnson says that the offer was “hugely exciting” and comments, “First, I was flattered to be thought of and then second that Joss Whedon approached me for it and thought I could be another addition to the story. It was very overwhelming and surreal all at the same time. It was like being asked to be on a big league team. It was very cool.” Taylor-Johnson admits that it was somewhat unnerving stepping on set for the first time with all of The Avengers, who had already done three or four films. “They’re very comfortable with the way that they want to portray their characters and comfortable with each other,” says the actor. “So, it felt kind of daunting, but that was »
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Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader | Written and Directed by Joss Whedon
You’re probably all well-aware of the plot to Avengers: Age of Ultron by now, given just how many trailers, posters and clips have proliferated the internet these past few months: After recovering Loki’s staff from the evil Baron Von Struker, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner discover that it holds the key to a new form of artificial intelligence. Scientists that they are, the decide to tinker with the AI, unleashing the Ultron program – originally a safeguard for the human race, with a plan to put a robot in every country to protect Earth from alien invaders - on to the world with one goal, to annihilate Earth’s protectors, The Avengers. So, to state the obvious, »
- Phil Wheat
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