Avengers: Age of Ultron

April 24, 2015 | 5:30 a.m.

Joss Whedon and cast face superheroic challenge in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Chris Evans as Captain America, left, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." (Jay Maidment / Marvel Studios)
LONDON — A helicopter hovered in the July afternoon sky, cameras rolling on board, to capture the cascade of glass raining through the sky. An ear-shattering explosion had just blown out the windows of a multi-story structure, sending civilians running for cover and Captain America straight onto the windshield of a nearby car. Actor Chris Evans winced with pain as he peeled his battered superhero frame off the shattered vehicle. Moments later, he was in top form once more, striding through a field of crumpled vehicles next to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to do battle with the mighty foe that gets title billing in this summer’s highly anticipated Marvel outing, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” arriving May 1. “Some days, you’re like, can’t they just talk?” quipped writer-director Joss Whedon as he worked out some last-minute fight choreography with a stunt coordinator […]
April 23, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron': James Spader builds an idiosyncratic villain

Ultron, played through performance capture by James Spader, is the villain in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Marvel)
It takes a special sort of actor to embody a towering robotic villain with the ability to make Tony Stark lose his cool, but if anyone can fit that bill, it’s James Spader. The respected Emmy-winning actor (“The Blacklist,” “Boston Legal”) whose extensive filmography includes projects directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh, among others, joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the iconic comic book antagonist Ultron — a character that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige suggested might have a larger role to play beyond just the new sequel. Hero Complex caught up with Spader on his last day of filming “Age of Ultron” to learn what it’s like to inhabit such an unusual character and what drew him to the role. What interested you in playing Ultron? He’s certainly not your conventional villain. When […]
April 14, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ stars play ‘Family Feud’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
The cast of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” assembled for an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in advance of Monday’s “Avengers” Hollywood premiere. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner cozied up on the late-night show to talk about the film, which unites heroes from Marvel’s standalone blockbusters. Discussions included how “magical” the filming was for the then-pregnant Johansson as well as Ruffalo’s affection for what he has dubbed Hulk’s “man-canceling” suit. Then, perhaps in a nod to the future “Civil War” storyline the Marvel Cinematic Universe is venturing into, the “Avengers” cast was split into teams to face off in a friendly game of “Family Feud.” In one corner was The Americas, led by Evans, with teammates Ruffalo and Renner. In the other was The Mans, lead by Downey Jr., with Johansson and […]
April 14, 2015 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ premiere draws Marvel stars past, present and future

Scarlett Johansson (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
It was a Marvel family reunion at Tuesday night’s world premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and the rest of the “Ultron” cast were joined by past, present and future Marvel Studios stars on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. ———— For the Record April 15, 4:05 p.m.: This story states that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will conclude the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s second phase. “Age of Ultron” is Marvel’s penultimate Phase 2 film. The last film is “Ant-Man.” ———— “Ultron” costars Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, James Spader, Julie Delpy and Claudia Kim made appearances, as well as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members including Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adrianne Palicki and more. Likewise, newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Paul Rudd […]
April 14, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: A look at the Marvel sequel in images

Ultron (voiced by James Spader) in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." (Film Frame / Marvel Studios)
Marvel’s mightiest are gearing up for more mayhem on May 1, when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in the U.S. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the follow-up concludes Marvel Studios’ lucrative “Phase 2″ film slate, and reunites heroes Captain America (Chris Evans),  Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and, of course, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Last time they were all together the heroes muscled their way to more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. The sequel is also adding a bevy of new names to remember, including  Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. Plus, there’s the title villain, voiced by James Spader. Click through the gallery above for a closer look at the film’s heroes and villains, plus some behind-the-scenes […]
April 13, 2015 | 12:39 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ clips: Hulk fights Hulkbuster, Tony Stark talks ‘endgame’

Marvel’s hype machine is kicking into high gear in the ramp-up for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; the studio has released several new clips from the film ahead of its Hollywood premiere tonight and May 1 release. The latest clip, released Monday morning, shows Tony Stark at odds with the other members of Marvel’s mightiest team of superheroes. It seems Iron Man’s fellow Avengers are taking him to task for inadvertently creating Ultron, the film’s titular villain — an artificial intelligence with a robotic body, portrayed by James Spader. “This could have been avoided if you hadn’t played with something you don’t understand,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) scolds Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the clip. When fellow scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) tries to talk Stark down in a confrontation with Captain America (Chris Evans), Stark accuses Banner of cowardice. “Really? That’s […]
April 13, 2015 | 12:26 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ premiere live stream: Watch Marvel stars walk the red carpet

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' ( Jay Maidment/ Marvel Studios)
The Avengers are assembling in Hollywood, and Marvel fans have a front-row seat thanks to the magic of the Internet. The world premiere of Marvel’s upcoming sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is scheduled to be streamed live today at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET at Marvel.com/AvengersPremiere Viewers can watch Earth’s mightiest superheroes — including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and more — as they hit the red carpet at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. The live stream will also include the debut of an exclusive new clip from the film, directed by Joss Whedon. Fellow Marvel stars including Paul Rudd, Jaimie Alexander, Chadwick Boseman, Clark Gregg, Iain De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet, Frank Grillo, Elden Henson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Neal McDonough, Adrianne Palicki, Ming-Na Wen and others are also scheduled to appear. The […]
April 06, 2015 | 12:34 p.m.

Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon: Only the mightiest super-fans can survive

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' (Marvel).
Think you’re the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe fan? L.A.-area viewers can prove their mettle by binge watching all 11 MCU films — including an early screening of the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” — as part of the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 20. For $70 a pop, fans will be treated to “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, if they’re still awake (or alive) some 29 hours later, “Age of Ultron.” In addition to the films, the marathon will include a costume contest, raffles and giveaways, and “special guests” (keep your fingers crossed for Stellan Skarsgård). Viewers who survive all 11 films will receive an exclusive poster […]
March 30, 2015 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ video introduces Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)
A new featurette for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” offers a closer look at newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The video, which Marvel released Monday, showcases the formidable sister-and-brother team Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, portrayed on the big screen by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and their superpowers and contrasting personalities. “Quicksilver is very fast,” director Joss Whedon says in the video (watch it above). “As fast or almost as fast as a bullet.” He’s also quick-tempered, Taylor-Johnson notes. Meanwhile, Scarlet Witch is “grounded and thoughtful,” Olsen explains. As for her powers, they seem to diverge somewhat from her comic-book ability to alter reality. “She’s got telekinesis, she can move things, and she can get inside your head so that all your worst fears or doubts come to the fore,” Whedon says in the video. And judging from the featurette […]
March 04, 2015 | 10:44 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer: Watch Marvel heroes stand and fight

The new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has arrived, showcasing the villainous artificial intelligence at the center of Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Marvel sequel. “Age of Ultron” reunites Marvel superheroes including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader), the evil AI with a robotic body. “I was designed to save the world,” Ultron says at the beginning of the new clip. “People would look to the sky and see hope. I’ll take that from them first.” The clip then goes on to preview images long on spectacle, but also small moments between the characters, too — with Downey’s Tony Stark confessing to Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner his role in creating Ultron, and later, Johansson’s heroine sharing […]
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