Captain America fans won’t have to wait long to see Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson reunite on the big screen. But, rather than in a superhero film, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie will actually appear together next in the romantic comedy, Playing It Cool.
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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!
Earlier this year, while promoting the second Captain America film, Chris Evans hinted that people shouldn’t expect to see him in superhero movies much longer. In fact, his real ambition was to direct, and he wasn’t speaking hypothetically. Once titled 1:30 Train and now titled Before We Go, his directorial debut was recently announced as one of the films that will premiere at this September’s Toronto Film Festival. According to the festival’s official release, “the story follows two strangers after their serendipitous meeting in Grand Central [Station in Manhattan]. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves.”
At quick glance, it sounds like Before Sunrise, which is not the worst place to start. Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) plays the pretty stranger, who misses her train home, and Evans portrays a musician in the right place at the right time. In 10 years, perhaps they can reunite in Paris.
Everything you need to know about 'Snowpiercer,' this summer's best post-apocalyptic comedy-horror fairy tale
A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass,” says Bong. “We did a lot of things with costumes to make him look unhealthy.”
That’s Snowpiercer in a nutshell: a blockbuster in disguise. The film, which has already earned $80 million overseas, may be the most gonzo movie to hit U.S. theaters this summer. The postapocalyptic allegory, set entirely on a train, is an international movie in every sense—based on a French graphic novel, filmed in Eastern Europe, and directed by a South Korean who co-wrote the screenplay with an American. In addition to a hatchet-wielding Evans, the film stars Oscar winners Octavia Spencer (The Help), who’d always wanted to do an action movie, and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), who wears false teeth and a fake nose throughout. (In the script, Swinton’s character is described as “a mild-mannered man in a suit.”) READ FULL STORY
Considering he’s a superhero who made his bones fighting Nazis in World War II, Captain America was perhaps the most unlikely Avenger to star in an adventure that captures the paranoia and technology of the 21st century. But with The Winter Soldier, directors Anthony and Joe Russo tapped into something more than good guys versus bad guys. “To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down,” says Alexander Pierce, the calculating intelligence bureaucrat played by Robert Redford. “And that makes enemies.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will likely be the year’s biggest box-office hit (so far) by the time you read this. (It’s poised to pass The LEGO Movie.) Starring in The Avengers certainly boosted Cap’s profile, but that’s not the only reason that the superhero’s sequel nearly doubled the global box-office of his 2011 franchise-starter. While the 2012 superfriends blockbuster took place in a world where the primary threats are external — Shakespearean villains and angry aliens — The Winter Soldier turned inward, holding up a mirror to the military-industrial complex S.H.I.E.L.D. had created. It was more layered and complex, and some smart people anointed it Marvel’s best film yet. As a result, Cap is feeling kind of chesty. His next standalone film is slated for May 6, 2016 — the same date as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Winter Soldier arrives on digital Aug. 19 and then Blu-ray on Sept. 9. Clip below for the exclusive trailer: READ FULL STORY
Based on Jean-Marc Rochette’s comic book series, the first trailer for Snowpiercer has arrived.
Chris Evans stars in the sci-fi film set in a future where the only people left are divided by their economic status on a mysterious train. Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer also star in the film from writer/director Joon-ho Bong. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Think of Snowpiercer as The Hunger Games meets Noah’s Ark meets The Polar Express. Mankind’s efforts to fight global warming have backfired, and the Earth is now a frigid iceball where the last remnants of humanity survive in a class-based system inside a perpetual-motion train known as the Snowpiercer. Tilda Swinton plays the train’s fascist leader (of course) while Chris Evans is a reluctant leader of the unwashed underclass.
Director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) adapted Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s 1982 French graphic novel, and the action movie was an enormous box-office hit in Bong’s native South Korea when it opened there in August. In the new red-band trailer, blood is spilled, school children fire automatic weapons, and Swinton gets to utter phrases like, “Precisely 74 percent of you will die. This is going to be good.”
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s getting harder for the superhero to tell the difference. In the latest installment from Marvel Studios’ interlocked franchise, Chris Evans’ unfrozen genetically-enhanced warrior from the Greatest Generation is still unsure of his place in the world after helping to save it twice: once from the forces of Red Skull in 2011’s original Captain America, and again from an alien invasion in 2012’s The Avengers.
The Winter Soldier features an eponymous new villain — a bioengineered assassin with a mechanical arm—who is targeting the leadership of the global protection force S.H.I.E.L.D. The film, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (already being courted by Marvel for more), reteams Evans with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury as top operatives for the group. But Cap (alias Steve Rogers) is beginning to question whether he and S.H.I.E.L.D. are on the same side. Sebastian Stan plays the Winter Soldier, and anyone who saw the first film knows his character’s history with Rogers runs deep. If there’s an overall theme in the movie, it’s this: Old friends make the worst enemies.
EW visited the set of The Winter Soldier last July. It’s the day after Comic-Con ended. Footage screened for fans at the annual convention had lathered the geeky faithful into a frenzy, but no one is celebrating on set. Instead of passing around high fives, the cast members are punching each other in the face. READ FULL STORY
Summer doesn’t begin until June 21, but blockbuster season begins today with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This time around, Chris Evans’ 1940s super-soldier finds himself in a 1970s paranoid political thriller set in post-9/11 Washington, D.C. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the first superhero film since the terrorist-inflected The Dark Knight that plugs you right into what’s happening now,” writes EW’s Owen Gleiberman. READ FULL STORY
The newest TV teaser for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a pounding score that evokes the proper amount of action and danger for an Avengers film. But a different version might be just as suited to a romantic ballad, judging by the way the clip underlines the increasingly warm and fuzzy relationship between Cap (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Plenty of heartfelt gazes. Plenty of teamwork building. Plenty of courageous tit-for-tat heroics.
The Winter Soldier unofficially kicks off the summer blockbuster season next week, opening in the U.S. on April 4. It’s already off to a rousing start abroad, bringing in $75.2 million during its opening weekend in 32 foreign territories.
Watch the latest clip below: READ FULL STORY
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