April 24, 2015 | 5:30 a.m.
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 […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 3:30 a.m.
The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, revealing Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, mysterious newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and, of course, the villainous Ultron. Marvel released the trailer, which was slated to debut during next week’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, after it leaked online Wednesday. “Age of Ultron” is director Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s disparate superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), in a battle against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and his swarm of alien invaders. The summer blockbuster set box-office records, earning more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and was hailed as witty and worthy of its hype. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the superheroes as well as […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” ranks as one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2015 — and now, it’s become a little bit clearer what fans will see when the movie opens next May. Check out the official plot synopsis released this week by Marvel: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.” Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will reunite the star-studded cast of […]
July 26, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.
Marvel is famous for its Saturday Comic-Con International panel, and this year, the comic book studio didn’t disappoint — confirming that “Guardians of the Galaxy 2″ will open on July 28, 2017, and debuting new footage from Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated 2015 release, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Represented on stage by movies guru Kevin Feige, Marvel brought out the members of its sprawling A-list “Avengers” cast — Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader and Elizabeth Olsen to wild applause (the crowd in the 6,500 seat Hall H had been chanting “Marvel” and doing the wave, rock concert-style, before the session even began). (If you’d prefer not to know anything about the “Avengers” sequel, this might be a good time to stop reading.) Although writer-director […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
Tom Hiddleston had just spent six weeks living inside the melancholy mind-set of a vampire for a new Jim Jarmusch film when he turned up for the first day of shooting on “Thor: The Dark World.” Ready to reprise his role as the treacherous god Loki for the Marvel superhero sequel, which thundered to an $86.1-million opening this weekend, Hiddleston stood inside a prison cell set wearing the character’s green and gold costume and his trademark ebony locks. From behind a plexiglass wall, he glowered and dissembled for director Alan Taylor, but something was amiss. “I did the first take, and Alan was like, ‘Really nice. Wow … I think you can smile if you want to,’” Hiddleston recalled during a recent interview. “I was like, ‘Oh yes! Loki is a showman and he smiles all the time because he’s […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Marvel returns to Asgard with Friday’s “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel that sees Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder form an uneasy alliance with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to thwart a scheme by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who intends to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. The film already has become an outsized hit overseas, but late last year, when the movie was still in production, Hero Complex visited the set and caught up with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige. The architect of the company’s big-screen strategy was seated close to the action at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, watching as director Alan Taylor guided Hemsworth through scenes that would eventually become part of the movie’s epic final battle. As a chilly wind blew across the Thames, Feige chatted about a range of subjects […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
LONDON — A bone-chilling wind and a fine sheet of mist cascaded off the River Thames, but it wasn’t the bitter blasts of air that sent Chris Hemsworth tumbling to the ground. Late on a November afternoon, the brawny Australian actor threw himself down onto the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over and over, filming scenes for what would eventually become the epic final battle in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, due out Nov. 8, sees the God of Thunder facing off against a nemesis called Malekith, part of a race known as the Dark Elves, but actor Christopher Eccleston already had called it quits for the day. That left Thor, dressed in full armor, long red cape billowing out majestically behind him, to press on alone, with Hemsworth gamely absorbing imaginary blows for […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.
The theatrical opening of “Thor: The Dark World” is only a week away, but for Marvel fans who can’t stand the wait, here’s a sneak peek. Hero Complex has compiled 75 images of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and more in scenes from the film for your viewing pleasure. The movie stills also offer a glimpse of Asgard, the otherworldly home of Thor (Hemsworth), Loki (Hiddleston) and ruler Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Asgard, of course, was featured in the first film, 2011’s Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor,” but is greatly expanded in the sequel. The images also reveal Svartalfheim, home to the Dark Elves, including the villainous Malekith, portrayed in the film by Christopher Eccleston, and Algrim, a.k.a. Kurse, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The film is directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) and, in addition to Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Hopkins, Eccleston and […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman arrived in grand style Tuesday to celebrate the world premiere of Marvel’s newest superhero sequel, “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), arrives in U.S. theaters Nov. 8, but is set to open a week earlier in the U.K. The cast was all smiles as they walked the red carpet. The movie sees Hemsworth’s brawny superhero form an uneasy alliance with his untrustworthy brother Loki (Hiddleston) in order to save the Nine Realms from a devious plan hatched by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) that poses great danger to the universe, and especially to Thor’s lady love, Jane Foster (Portman). On the set of the film last year, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige said the new film took a more practical approach with the fight scenes […]