Avengers: Age of Ultron

April 01, 2014 | 3:19 p.m.

Marvel Chief Kevin Feige teases Black Widow back story in ‘Avengers’ 2

In his current position as movie chief at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige might rank as one of the most envied men in Hollywood right now. The company has enjoyed a nearly unmatched run of box office success stretching back to the release of 2008′s “Iron Man” and appears poised to celebrate a new record-breaking opening with the arrival of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this week. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the new film takes place months after the events depicted in “Avengers” and opens with Steve Rogers having remained in the employ of international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and occasionally teaming with Black Widow on key missions. After an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. top dog Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) puts the hero in conflict with the organization’s leader, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford in a key supporting turn), he finds […]
March 25, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set photos: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver in action

Elizabeth Olsen is seen filming on location for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on March 24 in Aosta, Italy.  (Photopix/Getty Images)
The Avengers are assembling in Italy. Filming is underway in Europe on “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and new photos from the production showcase Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, as well as Jeremy Renner back in costume as Hawkeye. Also pictured is writer-director Joss Whedon. (Click through the gallery above for a look at the production.) Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will see the iconic team of heroes gather once more to battle the villainous Ultron (James Spader). It’s unclear how closely the film will tie to the “Age of Ultron” story in Marvel Comics, or whether Ant-Man (the protagonist in another upcoming Marvel film, directed by Edgar Wright) will be part of the film. In the comics, Ultron is an insane, sentient robot that tries to destroy its creator, Dr. Henry […]
March 20, 2014 | 6:35 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Winter Soldier’ set to open in IMAX

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” “Maleficent” and the next three films from comic book movie giant Marvel all will receive the very-big-screen treatment. Disney announced its plans to release a slate of six movies via IMAX on Thursday — the complete roster includes the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” due to arrive April 4, as well as Angelina Jolie’s dark fairy tale, “Maleficent,” set to open May 30. Also on the roster are Marvel’s Aug. 1 release “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and a pair of very highly anticipated sequels in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars” film. Rounding out the list is “Tomorrowland,” director Brad Bird’s mysterious live-action project starring George Clooney. It’s not the first big announcement regarding the “Star Wars” film. Earlier this week, Disney via StarWars.com confirmed that the space adventure, due in […]
Feb. 27, 2014 | 11:40 a.m.

Marvel prime-time special to preview ‘Guardians,’ ‘Avengers’ sequel

Marvel is set to offer fans a first look at Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as part of a new ABC TV documentary airing next month. “Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe” will feature interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all the Marvel films dating back to 2008′s hit “Iron Man,” as well as the company’s original One-Shot titles and the ABC series ““Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The one-hour prime-time special will include new footage from Marvel’s upcoming releases, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in addition to a sneak peek at the “Avengers” sequel, which is set to open in theaters next year.  Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will see the iconic team of heroes gather once more to battle the villainous Ultron (James Spader). It’s unclear how closely the film will […]
Feb. 18, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set to film key scenes in South Korea

“The Avengers” are expanding their global itinerary — Joss Whedon’s anticipated sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will shoot key scenes in South Korea, Marvel announced Tuesday. The film shoot will be based in London at the country’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility, the same sound stages that played host to Marvel’s recent hit “Thor: The Dark World.” But the international production schedule for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” also will include stops in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Aosta Valley, Italy, with additional locations to be announced. Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will see the iconic team of heroes gather once more to battle the villainous Ultron (James Spader). (Click through the gallery above for a look at what Robert Downey Jr. and other members of the “Avengers” cast had to say about working with Whedon.) It’s unclear how closely […]
Aug. 29, 2013 | 5:46 p.m.

James Spader as Ultron: ‘Avengers’ star Tom Hiddleston approves [poll]

(Marvel; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
This morning’s news that James Spader will play the titular villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has the Internet abuzz, with many Marvel fans applauding the casting decision. One of the Emmy-winning actor’s biggest endorsements comes from Tom Hiddleston, whose villainous shoes he will have to fill. Hiddleston portrayed Loki, the power-hungry demigod who faced off against Marvel’s mightiest in “The Avengers” last year. He also played Loki opposite Chris Hemsworth in 2011′s “Thor” and is reprising the role for this year’s sequel “Thor: The Dark World.” On Thursday, Hiddleston tweeted encouragement to Spader, one Marvel villain to another. Go on, James Spader. Go get 'em. @Avengers #AgeOfUltron— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) August 29, 2013 “Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon also tweeted support for Spader, teasing fans who had referenced a Spader-Robert Downey Jr. reunion — the pair played […]
Aug. 29, 2013 | 9:15 a.m.

James Spader cast as villain Ultron in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

James Spader, right, has been cast as the titular villain in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Dan Steinberg / Associated Press)
James Spader will play the titular villain Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel to 2012′s “The Avengers,” Marvel announced Thursday. The film is set for release May 1, 2015. Spader joins the “Avengers” franchise as a respected, Emmy-winning actor (“The Practice, “Boston Legal”) with an extensive filmography that includes projects directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh, among others. He’s returning to television next month as the star of a new NBC series “The Blacklist,” playing an international criminal. Whedon is to film his highly anticipated sequel to “The Avengers” at Britain’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility, the same soundstages that played host to Marvel’s upcoming “Thor: The Dark World,” set for release later this year. PHOTOS: Marvel’s Comic-Con announcements It’s unclear how closely the film will tie to the recently finished “Age […]
Aug. 10, 2013 | 1:55 p.m.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: Chris Evans marches into D23

Chris Evans on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel)
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan took the D23 stage Saturday morning to promote the sequel, one of several Marvel titles — including “Thor: The Dark World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” — to be touted at the Anaheim expo. The stars were joined on stage by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who caught the audience up on Stan’s character, Bucky Barnes. Steve Rogers’ best friend appeared to fall to his death in 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but, of course, he returns in a much different incarnation in the sequel. “I guess you saw him crashing down into the mountains, but funny enough, he found his way back,” Stan joked. No spoilers here. Feige has said that Bucky’s role in the film will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker’s “Captain America: The […]
July 21, 2013 | 9:39 p.m.

Comic-Con: Tom Hiddleston talks ‘top-secret’ Loki Marvel panel stunt

Actor Tom Hiddleston speaks onstage as his character Loki during Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
English actor Tom Hiddleston blew the Hall H audience away Saturday at San Diego’s Comic-Con International when he took the stage at the Marvel panel as his character Loki, who not only has a prominent part to play in the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” but also earned his title as the god of mischief in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” and Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” On Sunday, just before a signing event with his “Thor: The Dark World” director Alan Taylor, Hiddleston, clad in a crisp white dress shirt and without his wig, sat down with Hero Complex to reveal just how he managed to pull off one of the most exciting surprise appearances at Comic-Con 2013. HC: How much fun was that? TH: It was fun. It was absolutely amazing. It’s only my second time in Hall H. The last […]
July 20, 2013 | 11:39 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel’s ‘Age of Ultron,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more

Tom Hiddleston in character as Loki at the Marvel Studios panel. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Marvel Studios pulled out all the stops for its Hall H panel presentation during Comic-Con on Saturday, wowing with surprise after surprise, including an introduction by Tom Hiddleston in full Loki costume, an unannounced discussion with the entire cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and an appearance by “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon, who unveiled the sequel’s title: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The panel also focused on “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The lights cut out as the panel began, and a disembodied voice hissed, “Humanity, humanity, look how far you’ve fallen,” chastising the audience for “sweltering in line” and “huddling in the dark like beasts … in this meager palace of Midgard, the arena they call Hall H.” A spotlight revealed “Thor: The Dark World” costar Hiddleston, decked head to toe in his […]
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