There’s an extended Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, adding a few seconds to the footage we’ve already seen. Unless you’re the kind to hulk out over morsels, there isn’t much to get excited about.
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Marvel is just full of surprises: Idris Elba will be making an appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the star recently revealed.
It was supposed to be a trailer, but that leaked last week. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios decided to keep its promise and give viewers of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a new look at the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Instead of a trailer, it was footage from a party scene early in the movie — which EW wrote about during our First Look cover in July.
Marvel later played this clip at San Diego Comic-Con — Earth’s mightiest heroes engaged in a battle of ego: Who can lift Thor’s hammer? READ FULL STORY
Will there be a Black Widow standalone movie? When will we get to see Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther? Which actress will be cast as Captain Marvel? Is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be Doctor Strange?
With Marvel, every major announcement begets a waterfall of followup questions. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indulged a group of journalists following Tuesday’s massive information dump (read Anthony Breznican’s play-by-play here) with some teases, some specifics and a whole bunch of misdirects. Here’s what we learned:
Understatement alert: It seems people want to see this Avengers movie.
Despite a breakdown in Marvel’s synergistic plans to debut the first teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron during Tuesday’s broadcast of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when a raw-looking, early leak of the footage hit the web on Wednesday, the film has still shattered the studio’s records for trailer views. READ FULL STORY
Not even 24 hours after it was announced, a grainy first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online Wednesday night. Now, Marvel’s official (and far prettier) trailer is here.
Here’s what we learned:
Ultron really is terrifying. Almost all of the dialogue in the trailer comes from the big bad himself. It’s really hard to overstate how great James Spader’s performance is—he doesn’t sound like a machine. He sounds frighteningly alive as he quotes lines from the classic Pinocchio song “I’ve Got No Strings.”
Globe-spanning adventure. From mountaintops to snowy forests to crowded cities, Age of Ultron will take place all over the world.
The Avengers will be shattered. There’s a sense of hopelessness to the whole affair, a very Empire Strikes Back sort of vibe. The heroes look overwhelmed, Thor drops his hammer in despair, we see a glimpse of Cap’s shield broken, and Bruce Banner stumbles through the snow.
Hulkbuster. We’ve been teased with art of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor going up against the big green guy himself for a while now, and the big fight is prominently featured in the trailer.
The twins. Newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch get a lot of screen time, but not much context. They’re important, but we don’t know why just yet.
It’s all Tony’s fault. Because it is.
The Age of Ultron is nearly upon us. Tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an announcement that the first glimpse of the Avengers sequel will come during next Tuesday’s broadcast. READ FULL STORY
Marvel unveiled three props from Avengers: Age of Ultron at their Comic-Con booth over the weekend—now you just have to guess what the props are.
Now that we know who Ultron is, it’s time to get into his head a little bit.
James Spader came by the EW Hideout at Comic-Con along with his co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans to talk about the big bad of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spader talked about the character’s motivations with a calm that unnerved Evans—if Ultron’s voice is anything like Spader’s here, the robot that comes to destroy us all next summer will probably convince us all that his evil plot is good for us.
Watch the video and read a full transcript below.
EW: James Spader, you’re joining the franchise as the titular Ultron character, tell us a little bit about him. He seems like he’s a guy who may come into contention with the Avengers at some point.
SPADER: Yeah, I think he sees the Avengers as being part of a problem, a more comprehensive problem in the world. I don’t know, he sees the world from a very strange point of view because he’s brand new, he’s very young. He’s been self-created during the first act of the film, and then he—he sees the world around him from a very biblical point of view. Because he’s been able to upload an enormous amount of intelligence and so on, and that’s also been fed into him as well.
So he’s immature, and yet has knowledge of comprehensive, broad history and precedent, and he has created in a very short period of time a rather skewed worldview. Which is certainly not unprecedented! He’s probably self-absorbed.
EVANS: It’s so great hearing James talk right now. I can just see Ultron and I get scared! [Laughs]
EW: Both of the Chris’s, you guys are coming off of your own movies now. Chris Hemsworth, Thor: The Dark World ended with Thor deciding he’s going all-Earth, all the time now. Where’s Thor at when we find him in Avengers 2?
HEMSWORTH: He’s here, part of the team, where we left him in Thor 2. The first film, the first Avengers, was all of this coming together. Now it’s them operating as a team and trying to function and keep it going.
EW: Now are they sending Jane to an island again?
EVANS: [Laughs] You ever wonder how they figure out ‘Well why didn’t you call Thor?’ He’s busy!
HEMSWORTH: [Laughs] That’s the problem in every film we have! There’s a massive battle, the world’s at stake—but where’s Captain America and Iron Man and The Hulk when Thor’s on it?
EVANS: Don’t pick up the cell phone!
EW: I think it’s implied they’re kind of feuding at that point. Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier—Captain America went through a lot in that film, and I believe he has a new costume in this one.
EVANS: [singing] Yeah, they always do the new costumes. It’s too bad, because I really liked the old costume.
EW: Where is he at now, in terms of his development? Winter Soldier had a lot of revelations for him.
EVANS: Well he’s a guy who—he’s a soldier. So he’s born into a world of orders and structure, and he likes being kind of a cog. So once S.H.I.E.L.D was kind of destroyed, he’s looking for structure. And now that the Avengers don’t really report to anyone, they report to each other, it’s a different dynamic for him and he’s trying to figure out where he fits in that.
EW: Will there ever be a leader of the Avengers?
EVANS: Well you’ll just have to wait and see the movie!
SPADER: Everything you’re talking about is exactly the problem that Ultron perceives, these are all the issues he has [laughs]
EW: So you’re saying Ultron is the hero of the movie?
SPADER: I certainly play it that way!
Fans who attended Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con and stopped by Marvel’s booth last night got a first look at two new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.
The first poster, drawn by Ryan Meinerding, features Iron Man blasting away one of Ultron’s robots. Things don’t look too good for Ultron’s robots in the second poster, which shows Scarlet Witch—played by Marvel film franchise newcomer Elizabeth Olsen—using her powers to fend off her attackers.
See Andy Park’s Scarlet Witch poster below. READ FULL STORY
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