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You may remember during last year's "Marvel Event" that a scene was shown featuring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark sharing a fairly tense exchange, something which later seemed like an obvious Captain America: Civil War prelude. In a lengthy interview with Collider, co-writer Stephen McFeely revealed whether or not it was an intentional set up of what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! "I’m glad they put that in there, but I don’t even know the relationship between when we decided to Civil War and when that scene was put in, so it could just be good tension,a good scene, but it’s a clean set up. It’s a good intro." You have to imagine that Joss Whedon had some sort of inkling of plans for Civil War, but it's more obvious now than ever before that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be serving as »
In Joss Whedon.s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we can surely expect to see characters like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America getting into fisticuffs with various henchmen and bad guys, but action sequences will be a very different deal when Elizabeth Olsen.s Scarlet Witch is involved. After all, she is more of a spell-caster than a punch-thrower. What.s interesting about that separation, though, was how it impacted the approach to the character in the film, and as such, Olsen was told to see the character as more of a dancer than a fighter. This interesting bit of background was recently provide by Elizabeth Olsen during an interview with Empire Magazine, where she went in depth about playing one the Marvel Cinematic Universe.s newest characters in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Discussing the way she went about moving in the skin of Scarlet Witch, the »
Robert Downey Jr. is teaming up with director Tate Taylor for an untitled project based on the true story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis sinking in 1945, which marks its 70th anniversary this year. The actor has been developing the project with Warner Bros. since August 2011, with Mike Jones writing the screenplay. The harrowing tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis was famously told by Robert Shaw in the 1975 classic Jaws.
The U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945, with the crew stranded in shark-infested waters for over five days. Of the over 900 crew members on board, only 300 survived the ordeal, battling starvation, hypothermia and some of the most dangerous shark attacks in history. The ship's captain. Charles McVay was court-martialed over the ship's secret mission to deliver the Hiroshima bomb. The plot will be set in the year 1996, following the separate true story of an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott, »
Beyond the exclusive look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest issue of Empire magazine also features tidbits on Marvel's second "Phase Two" outing this year, Ant-Man. The article highlights a visit to the set in Atlanta, Georgia, last year when journalists had witnessed filming of a scene in which Evangeline Lilly essentially shows Paul Rudd who's boss. Read the scene description below: This morning's Ant-Man scene takes place in the basement gym of Hank Pym-or, in Rudd's words, "the Pymnasium"- where Empire is about to witness a class training montage. Fake sunlight is streaming through the windows. Then a fist socks Rudd in the face, and he goes down hard. "Ooh... Aaah... It hurts..." he moans into the mat. His opponent is Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), who follows her finishing move by dancing around her flattered foe. As the camera keeps rolling, Rudd attempts to get up, »
We've seen Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in a few trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we haven't heard him speak or do anything other than stand and run. Empire interviewed him and we have a few excepts via Cbm.
Taylor-Johnson on Quicksilver's personality:
"He's very agitated because everything runs too slowly for him. He's quick at everything. He's quick to lose his temper."
Quicksilver's relationship with his sister, Scarlet Witch:
"It's more about Pietro and Wanda together, a yin/yang where he's very physical and very protective of her and she's very internal and always mothering him. Pietro doesn't f-ing trust anybody. The only one he cares for and at the end of the day will jump in front of a bullet for is his sister, Wanda."
On the accent he will have in the film:
"We all wanted to pull it back to the comic book. That's why we did East European accents. »
- Free Reyes
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' needing a hiatus from stopping threats, 'Tony Stark' attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with 'Ultron', a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. However, his plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
...before being revealed as 'Ultron-5', the living automaton.
The character is also known as the creator of the 'synthezoid' known as the 'Vision', who is tasked to destroy the 'Avengers'.
Ultron's powers include superhuman levels of strength, speed, stamina and durability, flight at subsonic speeds, concussive blasts of energy fired from optical sensors and hands, »
- Michael Stevens
News of Robert Downey Jr. joining Captain America three was massive. News that the film would be called Captain America: Civil War was even bigger. The post Avengers: Age of Ultron film will feature a war of ethics – and probably more – between Captain America and Iron Man setting up all of Phase Three. […]
- Germain Lussier
We must apologize for what turned out being a rather delirious episode. Laremy traveled to Washington D.C. before today's episode and I had just gotten back from a late night movie and neither one of us was operating at full capacity. That said, we did get in some conversation about the Screen Actors Guild Awards, we discussed the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, played some games and Laremy giggled through pretty much the entire episode. Hope you're able to get something out of it. 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. »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox
After months of radio silence, Fantastic Four, this summer’s reboot of Marvel’s first superhero team, has made some major noise. The first look at Josh Trank’s film dropped this afternoon in the form of an impressive two minute trailer that proudly states this isn’t going to be anything like that tat attempt a decade ago.
It’s very much a mood setter, with money shots infrequent – there’s copious shots of Reed Richards and co., but mostly sans powers – while the plot isn’t even alluded to beyond a couple of ambiguous foretellings of doom (by Doom, funnily enough). But it more than succeeds in what it’s trying to do – this is clearly a darker, more modern version of the gang.
- Alex Leadbeater
The recent issue of Empire Magazine provides some interesting details regarding a pre-credit battle scene with the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'll just throw out a Spoiler Warning now for anyone not looking to learn anything else about this movie. But you clicked on the article, so you obviously are here to keep reading.
According to the report, the superhero team pays a little visit to Hydra operative Baron von Strucker, who is played by Thomas Kretschmann. He is hiding out in an East European castle and he has Loki's scepter in his possession. When talking about the sequence, director Joss Whedon described it as being a "pre-credits Bondian blow-out."
Some big things happen there, and when it's over the superhero team is flying back to New York City in Tony Stark's quinjet, and everyone seems to be very distraught. Here's a description of what is happening in this scene, »
- Joey Paur
Just as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" shook up the Marvel Universe and laid the groundwork for the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," so to will next year's "Captain America: Civil War" set a path for the subsequent two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" movie to follow.
One of the big components of 'Civil War' is actor Robert Downey Jr. who is reprising his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the film. In the 'Civil War' comics storyline, Tony Stark feuds with Steve Rogers over the Superhero Registration Act and becomes something of a villain at odds with Captain America - a story line that's expected to be followed in the film.
In a new interview with Empire, Downey Jr. says 'Ultron' will lay the first ground work for Stark's turn to the 'dark side':
"It's natural to change your views. The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, »
- Garth Franklin
Joss Whedon is currently getting ready for the May 1st release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but there are already rumors that he may not return to direct the next two parts of "Avengers: Infinity War." Instead, all signs have been pointing to the Russo Brothers taking over, especially after the success of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." While we have yet to get any confirmations of this, Whedon himself is now strongly hinting that he's done with directing "Avengers" movies. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," he revealed. "It's enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make 'Avengers 3 and 4'], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part 'Infinity War' movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe . I love these guys . but it ain't easy. »
Joss Whedon has admitted that it is "very doubtful" that he will direct Avengers: Infinity War.
The filmmaker told Empire that he is unlikely to return to the Marvel franchise for a while after this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he is looking to focus on his own projects.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again," he said. "It's enormously hard, and it be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life."
He added: "I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
Marvel announces phase 3 slate »
Marvel already has plans for Avengers: Infinity War Part I in May 2018, and Infinity War Part II in May 2019. The rumour for a while has been that those two films will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who are about to helm Captain America: Civil War (having scored a sizeable success with Captain America: The Winter Soldier). And, chatting to Empire magazine, Whedon seems to indicate that he will indeed be moving on.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again", he said. "It's enormously hard and it'd be, by then, a good five years since I »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Here are two variant covers for the new issue of Empire Magazine, one with the heroes and one with a close-up on the villain of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via First Showing): Now let's revisit the first Avengers with a trailer in the style of the one for The Watchmen (via Geek Tyrant): And now, to keep the franchise theme, read these Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic strips in the style of Peanuts. Click on the image to enlarge (via Popped Culture): Do you want to draw a snowman? It's a good day for it...
- Christopher Campbell
Spoiler Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you do not wish to learn details about one of the earliest scenes in the film, we would recommend turning away now! Ultron may be the titular villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he won.t be the only antagonist giving the team of superheroes a run for their money in the sequel. It.s been known for a while that Baron von Strucker, first seen in the end credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, would be the bad guy the heroes would face early in the movie, and having secured Loki.s staff after the events of The Avengers, this guy is not to be trifled with. It.s now been confirmed that Earth.s Mightiest Heroes will combat the Hydra agent and his forces at the beginning of the film, and judging »
We heard from Aaron Taylor-Johnson earlier today about his role as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now the actress who plays his twin sister has shared some new details about the highly anticipated sequel. Talking to Empire Magazine, Elizabeth Olsen revealed her and Joss Whedon's unique approach to playing the Scarlet Witch. "The coolest thing about Scarlet Witch is, because you've never seen her, we got to create how she moves. Joss was really inspired by dancers, and so he knew that he wanted to change visually how she moves, to be more like a dancer than a fighter. I didn't really have to do much stunt training. Instead I trained with a dancer, Jenny White, which was its own kid of soreness, but it wasn't what I thought it would be." A lot of fans have been surprisingly critical about the inclusion of "The Twins", claiming »
MovieCastingCall.org has put out a new casting call for Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase Three sequel Captain America: Civil War, which not only reveals that production will begin this April in Atlanta, Georgia, but seemingly confirms the villainous identity of Daniel Brühl's character, after he signed on to star in November. While it has always been suspected that Daniel Brühl is playing the villain, this casting call claims to reveal that the actor is playing Baron Zemo, a nefarious Hydra villain from the Civil War comics. In addition, the casting notice also has the first synopsis for Captain America: Civil War, which reads as follows.
"In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S government's Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all super powered individuals to register their powers and report to S.H.I. »
We’ve already brought you the two Empire covers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, some images and a few notes from Joss Whedon talking about not directing Avengers: Infinity War and threatening to kill all of the Avengers. And now we bring you some notes from an interview with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will be playing Quicksilver in the movie.
“He’s very agitated because everything runs too slowly for him,” he tells Empire via Cbm. “He’s quick at everything. He’s quick to lose his temper.”
“It’s more about Pietro and Wanda together, a yin/yang where he’s very physical and very protective of her and she’s very internal and always mothering him,” he says on his relationship with Scarlet Witch, played by fellow Godzilla star Elizabeth Olsen. “Pietro doesn’t fricking trust anybody. The only one he cares for and at the end of the »
- Luke Owen
Next year's Captain America: Civil War kicks off Marvel's nine-movie Phase Three, which will signal major changes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During the studio's October press event, Marvel confirmed the Civil War title, and that Robert Downey Jr. will star as Iron Man, alongside Chris Evans as Captain America and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. The story will be based on the Civil War comics, where Tony Stark feuds with Steve Rogers over the Sueprhero Registration Act. The comic book essentially transformed Stark into a villain, as he found himself at odds with his fellow Avengers and even cloning Thor in the process. When asked about the possibility of playing a villain, in a new interview with Empire, Robert Downey Jr. had this to say, hinting that fans will start to see changes in his character in this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"It's natural to change your views. »
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