Unless you're James Cameron, it's hard to imagine that your movie is going to end up in the top three highest grossing films of all time. The cast of 'The Avengers' certainly didn't.
With 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' set for release in parts of the world this week, Robert Downey Jr. took some time to talk about his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man - the character who started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. But, as it turns out, when the cast got together in 2012 to film the first 'Avengers' movie, none of them really knew just how big it would turn out to be.
Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"I don't think any of us really expected how huge the first one would be, so it can almost intimidate you a bit because you're like, 'Oh, well we were just kinda hoping it would work out', and now there's this expectation to deliver". Presumably they weren't expecting the film to become the third highest grossing movie of all time (behind 'Avatar' and 'Titanic') with 1,518,594,910 USD worldwide in 2012.
Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will vividly feel the fatigue that has descended over this franchise. After the bright spark of originality in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, we're back to the same tired formula involving terrific actors battling for screen time in between gratuitous, brutal action sequences that are so digitally animated that they're technically cartoons.
The film opens in the middle of the action as Captain America (Chris Evans) leads Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) to recapture an Asgardian sceptre. Tony then discovers that the sceptre could be useful for Ultron, his artificial intelligence project to create a global peacekeeping force. But this goes badly wrong as Ultron (James Spader) springs to life and decides instead to obliterate humanity to make space for his population of smart machines. So the team races from America to Africa, Korea and Eastern Europe, facing off against Ultron and his super-powered twin cohorts Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), who of course defect to the Avengers. They also get help from a human-computer entity called The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Yes, there are a lot of characters in this film, and writer-director Joss Whedon is exceptionally good at giving each of them something to do, both dramatically and in the thick of the action. These brief moments of humour and emotional depth are what make the movie enjoyable, giving the solid actors some meaty material to play with.
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While other recent promotional interviews for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' have been interesting, none have been as funny or wacky as Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans'.
When embarking on a franchise like 'The Avengers', it must help to get on well with your other cast members. In a recent interview with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America), the two actors displayed a hilarious friendship with one anther - giving a tiny glimpse into what it must be like on set with these guys.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"Lovers, kindred souls, kindred spirits", said Hemsworth, while discussing the relationship between Thor and Captain America. Evans jumped in by revealing: "We wear necklaces with a little broken heart, and when we put them together." But when they tried to draw a comparison between themselves and another movie, they found themselves with different opinions.
The Russo brothers are Marvel's most used directors.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the sibling directorial team who helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have been confirmed to direct both parts of Disney-Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. The news has been the worst kept secret in Hollywood and the Russo's have been known to be in talks for months.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be Joss Whedon's final movie in the Avengers franchise
The Russo's will take over from Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1. They now represent Marvel's most used directors, having been enlisted to make four movies for the studio. Whedon has only directed the two Avengers films while Jon Favreau took charge of two Iron Man movies. The Ohio-born brothers are among the most sought after directors on the planet and they're also attached to The Gray Man as well as a male-orientated Ghostbusters movie for Sony (probably with Channing Tatum in the lead).
Continue reading: Russo Brothers Confirmed To Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'
They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.
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A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by Norse God, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), causing a united force of tech super-hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reanimated World War Two super soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and Loki's brother - the Norse God of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Two years on, the Avengers have worked to defeat evil in Godly realm of Asgard, on planet Earth, and within S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that brought them together in the first place. Now, with Iron Man in retirement and S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the world is suddenly threatened by Ultron (James Spader), a robot who seeks to destroy the Avengers now that he has been unshackled.
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Tom Hiddleston sent a ridiculously good email to Joss Whedon. That is all.
Looking forward, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the decade's most anticipated films, mainly due to the success of its predecessor. And we’ve been compelled to think back to Joss Whedon’s 2012 powerhouse superhero collective epic because of a touching email sent by Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in the movie.
Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the Gala screening for Much Ado About Nothing in 2013 (Credit: Getty/ Tom P. Whitby
“Joss, I am so excited I can hardly speak,” begins Hiddleston, saying the first time he read the Avengers script he “grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar.” You can read the whole thing below. But our favourite paragraph goes something like this:
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As the production for 2015’s most anticipated movie, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ rumbles on, some on set pictures have arrived from the North London leg of filming.
The film was written and is being directed by Joss Whedon and features an all star cast, including: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.
The film has big boots to fill: Marvel’s Avengers was a breakthrough success for the franchise’s move to cinema, culminating in brilliant reviews and an even better box office gross, pulling in $1.5b from the worldwide market.
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Like a fallen soldier on the battlefield, Joss Whedon has simultaneously saluted his comrade Edgar Wright following the British director’s exit from the Ant-Man movie, and poked a jibe at Marvel, his current - and Wright’s former - employer.
Edgar Wright at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014
The Cornetto is significant because of Wright’s famous trilogy, The Cornetto Trilogy, comprising Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. The films, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in central roles, mocked Hollywood tropes while delivering meaningful and hilarious storylines of their own.
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Joss Whedon has just dropped his new movie In Your Eyes via Vimeo
Avenger’s director Joss Whedon is known for surprising his fans and today he’s given them an extra special Easter gift, a whole new film, In Your Eyes. The director has made the feature available to rent on video streaming website Vimeo for just $5 after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Joss Whedon Has An Easter Gift For Fans
In Your Eyes is the second release from Whedon’s micro-studio Bellwether Pictures, who last year put out Much Ado About Nothing. The movie stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David and is described as a ‘supernatural love story’ as the two strangers believe they share a telepathic connection.
Continue reading: Surprise! Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes' Is Available To Rent Now On Vimeo
The 'Age of Ultron' cast were snapped filming in Italy.
Last week we saw the Avengers: Age of Ultron brother-sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Marvel's concept art but thanks to newly released on-set photos, we have been able to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson as their superhero alter-egos filming an action scene in Italy, via Getty Images/Comic Book Resources.
Elizabeth Olsen Settles Into Her Super New Role In Italy.
The brand new snaps also afford us the opportunity to have a gander at the sequel's main villain, Ultron, who appeared in pre-CGI form as a sinister looking silver robot. Hilariously, the actor performing the movements of the baddie was photographed wearing a thick puffer jacker underneath his high tech silver scales and helmet; a feature that will be digitally erased when it comes to editing.
He may be currently tied up working on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Joss Whedon's catalogue of work is packed full of the most extraordinary, varied and thought-provoking plots and characters. We take a look at our favourite Joss Whedon projects.
Joss Whedon isn’t just a screenwriter and director. For his fans he has become an icon of his own distinctive genre. He is inventor of the Whedon world, where girls kick ass and everyone is born with an innate knowledge of pop culture. With The Avenger: Age of Ultron the talk of the town, we take a look at our five favourite Joss Whedon projects and what it is that makes them quite so unique.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar recently tweeted a pic of her and old co-star, David Boreanaz, what are the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer up to in 2014?
We practically fell off our chair with excitement when we saw that Buffy and Angel, sorry, Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz have recently been reunited! Sarah tweeted a pic of her and her old co-star/onscreen soulmate (Buffy & Angel 4eva), also posing with Emily Deschanel, David’s current co-star.
Sarah played Buffy from 1997 until 2003
We’d love to believe that this meant a new Buffy movie in the works, but we don’t want to get our hopes up too much. Especially since Buffy creator/genius Joss Whedon is currently writing and directing the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due to come out in 2015. We understand you probably have your hands full, but Joss, if you’re out there, #BringBackBuffy!
Another role is confirmed for the 2015 film
Well, it’s basically confirmed, because Samuel L. Jackson said it, and he’s Samuel L. Jackson. Elizabeth Olsen will be making her super hero movie bow with Avengers: Age Of Ultron when it comes out in 2015. She’ll be playing the Scarlet Witch.
L. Jackson confirmed the news while talking about his cameo in a recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Marvel’s TV version of the comic book franchise, which airs on ABC. During the interview, an ever-candid Samuel divulged some previously unconfirmed casting news.
Continue reading: Confirmed - Elizabeth Olsen On Board For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is still delivering massive ratings for its timeslot, but a 34% drop will concern ABC executives.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D viewers were treated to a cameo from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the second episode on Tuesday night (October 1, 2013), though 34% of those who tuned in for the premiere missed the appearance.
Clark Gregg [center] as Agent Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC had hoped to avoid the annoying post-premiere ratings drop though it wasn't to be and Shield delivered 8.4 million viewers - still massive for 8pm, though a huge drop from last week.
Continue reading: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D Suffers H.U.G.E Drop In Viewers
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' transition form the big screen to television is being orchestrated by 'The Avengers' writer and directer, Joss Whedon.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D have been a crucial element to the Marvel film universe for the past several years, they first appeared in 'Iron Man' (2008) after the credits and have since been featured in the first five Marvel movies which culminated in the release of 2012's superhero epic 'The Avengers'.
Clark Gregg will be returning as Agent Coulson
'The Avengers' depicted a gathering of Marvel superheroes that was orchestrated by the S.H.I.E.L.D to defeat Thor's half-brother Loki, from subjugating Earth. The 'Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D' act as a peacekeeping organisation but in the new television series, there will be no superhero task force, so how will they still defeat the forces of evil?
Continue reading: Marvel's 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D' Set To Take Over Television
The 'Lincoln' actor has been chosen to portray the titular baddie in the upcoming sequel to the superhero ensemble film
After weeks of speculation, James Spader has emerged as the man to take on the part of Ultron in the upcoming sequel to 2012's massively successful The Avengers. The star of the NBC series The Blacklist and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was chosen ahead of a host of other potential candidates to portray the super-powered, armoured, robotic super villain.
James Spader will portray the super-villain Ultron
Marvel announced Spader's casting on Thursday (29 August), thus completing the list of main stars for the feature length film. Already, the film's two new additions have been cast, with Elizabeth Olsen signed on to portray the X Men hero Scarlet Witch, with Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson due to portray her brother, Quicksilver. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow are all due to return, and even The Avengers villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) could appear in the film too.
Continue reading: James Spader Confirmed As Main Villain In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
In a Marvel double whammy, Cooper's confirmed talks also came with the news that Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations to play the Scarlet Witch in 'Avengers 2'
Marvel studios have two highly anticipated superhero ensemble films coming out in the next few years, with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron heading to the big screen in the next two years. With casting for both movies almost under wraps, the Disney-owned company is just adding the finishing touches to the films, including finalising the full cast; enter Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen, who are the latest names to be strongly linked with a role in one of the films.
Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen are both in talks with Marvel to star in their upcoming films
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper is in talks with Marvel Studios to voice the character Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, whilst Olsen is in discussions with Joss Whedon and co. to play the villainous Scarlet Witch in the sequel to The Avengers. Olsen's involvement was first announced by Bleeding Cool on Tuesday (20 August) before being confirmed by THR, with Cooper's involvement with GotG being first announced in Latino Review on Thursday (22 August). Marvel have made no comment on the potential appointments just yet.
Continue reading: Bradley Cooper To Play Rocket Raccoon In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'?
Ultron will be the set against the Avengers in the 2015 superhero film. Producer Joss Whedon discussed with an American entertainment website how he humanised a robot with super-human strength and intelligence.
Joss Whedon has chosen Ultron to face The Avengers in the next movie. The hugely anticipated sequel to the 2012 block office sensation is due to be released in cinemas in 2015. Filming of the superheroes film will begin next year. Whedon has discussed how he intends to make Ultron, an omnipotent machine into a character who can interact, effectively, with the superheroes. According to Entertainment Weekly, Ultron is a robot intend on acquiring power, something he will most likely almost acquire before being foiled by the Avengers. His qualities include super-strength, mind control, genius intellect and a coma ray.
Joss Whedon at the premiere of The Worlds End in L.A.
Whedon, speaking to the entertainment website, said "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we'll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [Scarlet Witch, a new character] who's a witch."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon Discusses Humanising Machines For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
Avengers fans, assemble!
The critics got a first glance at what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D looks like yesterday, (Sunday Aug 4) when they were treated to a special screening of the first episode. And those same critics got to grill producer Joss Whedon afterwards.
The show - created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen – is set in the same universe as creations like Iron Man; it contains the super-human criminals that S.H.I.E.L.D will have to battle each week and takes place after The Avengers’ Battle of New York.
"Every week it's not going to be some new hero," Whedon explains. "There could be a device, there could be a mystery.” The show will focus on characters who aren’t blessed (or cursed) with superpowers, rather it will look at the intricacies of teamwork and how the group work together to bring down the threat.
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