AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
The Hollywood Reporter has reported on an interview “SFX” magazine conducted with writer and director Joss Whedon about the difficulties he faced bringing the Avengers to the big screen for a second time.
“Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare,” quipped Whedon. “They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as though as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.”
Whedon also said that the Hulk will have more of a presence in the film. “There is more Hulk in this movie than there was in the last,” he said. “[W]e went in with this mission statement, to shoot the Hulk like a character in a movie, and not like a ‘Look what we’ve got!’ We have ‘overs’ — blurry ‘Hulk’s over there! Bits, very quick shots. Everything isn’t ‘We built the Hulk so for god’s sake you’re going to watch him in this long take, full frame, the whole time!’ We really got to make him one of the characters in the movie. And that was a gift.”
“Entertainment Tonight” has also aired a segment that includes new footage from the film, including shots of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in action.
Chris Evans has revealed the Captain America character poster via his Twitter page.
– Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 3, 2015
Now that the embargo on the “Age of Ultron” set visit has been lifted, a number of sites have posted interviews with Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans. Nerdist’s rundown of the visit includes tidbits from Hawkeye himself about where he was during “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “It’s actually a really wonderful secret reveal,” said Renner. “Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.”
Renner also said that his role in the film has increased significantly from the first “Avengers,” which saw him brainwashed for most of the running time. “It’s a lot of the stuff that Joss [Whedon] and I talked about to doing the first one, but, it just didn’t work out that way,” said Renner. “So, it’s really exciting for me and Joss to kinda dive into the character a little bit more. There’s some wonderful secrets, and relationships deepen. So there’s a lot more of him to deal with versus like, you know, the hypnotized version of him.”
Chris Evans also discussed the team’s new place in the world now that there’s no more S.H.I.E.L.D. “The team doesn’t have anyone to report to now,” Evans said. “There’s no more S.H.I.E.L.D. so we’re all kind of depending upon one another, but that gives [Captain America] an opportunity to kind of take more of a leadership role I suppose, you know. Since there’s no one else giving him orders, he doesn’t have to question the chain of command or anyone’s motives, but it does mean he needs to rely on his team a lot more. So it’s just kind of added a little bit more tension to the actual dynamic of the Avengers.”
Opens May 1
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
You can check out a recap of last night’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, “Aftershocks,” over on Spinoff. ABC has also aired a promo for next week’s episode, “Who You Really Are,” which features the return of Jaimie Alexander as Sif.
Prior to last night’s big return episode, the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” showrunners teased what would happen in the back half of the season now that Skye has super powers.
“The origin story — regardless of how she got to that point, we are coming in in [episode] 11 with the very beginning of her realizing what really is going on,” said Jed Whedon. “And unlike a film, we have many, many hours to play that out and to explore the different sort of emotional aspects of grappling with that huge change for someone who we’ve already seen is on a journey, trying to find herself and trying to find a place in the world.”
Following the return episode, the people behind “S.H.I.E.L.D.” talked to CBR about some of the big developments, including whether or not the show will tie in with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” After all, Baron Von Strucker was mentioned last night, and that character is known to have a part in the film.
“[The Strucker mention] might suggest that,” said co-showrunner Jed Whedon, whose brother Joss directed “Age of Ultron.”
“Wouldn’t that be cool?” teased Jeph Loeb.
“I know, it’d be cool,” agreed Whedon. “It’s one universe, so there is some ripple.”
“Hashtag: #ItsAllConnected,” concluded Loeb.
Airs Tuesdays on ABC
TV Line has hinted at a major character possibly coming to “Arrow” next season. The potential villain, apparently referred to internally as “Damian Dark,” is rumored to make his debut in the finale of the current season. Speculation has now started that the character could be Batman’s son, Damian Wayne.
Sometimes real feelings creep into a scene. Goodbyes are tough. Even when they’re scripted.
– Stephen Amell (@amellywood) March 3, 2015
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
– Daredevil (@Daredevil) March 3, 2015
ComicBookMovie has a translation of a report from Brazilian website Omelete that hints that noted Daredevil villain Gladiator might be involved in the series. The report says that Melvin Potter, Gladiator’s secret identity, will be in the show. The translation reads:
Who said anything about the character was Michael Jortner , head of the department of scene elements, ” Melvin Potter’s kind designer but also a very technical guy who develops many superhero uniforms, but mostly villains, with different characteristics and weapons . It will appear on the show as the guy who did the suit Wilson Fisk, with a thin fabric of kevlar -.. proof stab wounds and some types of shots We will also see him working in the armor of Fisk cars and also give a tip that the Gladiator is there, in some scenes of his workshop. Not only Gladiator, but other characters in the Marvel Universe. They are plants of weapons or uniforms he worked or is working. There will be a progression, but we will not have much technology in the program. It’s more like evolution than he had in his hands toward what he would use today. We are more concerned with creating an identity for the characters.”
Premieres on April 10 on Netflix
The CW has released a new trailer for their upcoming adaptation of the Vertigo comic series, “iZombie.”
Premieres March 17 on the CW
IGN has an interview with Mike Colter, the actor that will be playing Luke Cage in both “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” and the character’s solo Netflix series. In the interview, Colter revealed that “Luke Cage” will be “geared towards a more adult audience” than Marvel Studios’ feature films.
“It’s geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’ve seen before on the big screen,” Colter told IGN. “We have a more gritty, focused story on our heroes and characters that live in New York City, but it’s geared towards a more adult audience and I think that’s the thing about the series that will be different.”
Considering Luke Cage’s status as one of the first black superheroes, Colter also touched upon the role race might play in the series. “The approach with the character for me is more about the human qualities and the things that make Luke Cage tick,” Colter said. “And the writers have to then decide to bring in the race of the character, if there’s an angle there. But I don’t look at it as something I have to prep differently for, because I am what I am and I approach the characters as they have to then be played by me, Mike Colter — the actor who happens to be black.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed, “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien dispelled all the rumors that he is in the running for Marvel’s Spider-Man. O’Brien’s name first surfaced last month in regards to Spider-Man, and now he says that he hasn’t even auditioned for the role.
“Professionally, I haven’t heard anything about it,” he said Tuesday from the set of MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” “I’ve only heard from, like, [rumors] online. […] It feels so weird to say. It’s so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They’re like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?!”
The actor called the rumors “flattering” and said he’s always wanted to play Peter Parker. “I feel like any actor my age, that’s, like, a big thing. And my name being tossed with Logan Lerman’s is the coolest thing ever, too. I just think that kid is fucking fantastic. It’s really just, you know, I guess I’ll see if I even hear about it? But thank you, Internet, for giving me false hope!”
Opens July 28, 2017
While promoting his new film “Chappie,” Hugh Jackman has done a lot of talking about the X-Men and Wolverine. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, the actor talked about the possibility of an Avengers and Wolverine team-up.
“I’m surprised by what’s happened with Spider-Man joining,” Jackman said. “You’re in a very complex world where big, big sums of money are being spent for different franchises and so getting them together is difficult… Two years ago I’d have said you’d be a real optimist to think it’d ever happen, but weirdly now I just think it maybe could. I think there is the possibility that it will happen.”
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