Joss Whedon

July 26, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ footage, dates ‘Guardians’ 2

Actors Josh Brolin and Robert Downey Jr. attend the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con International 2014 on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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 […]
April 24, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ release date moved up for U.K., Ireland

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will open in theaters in the U.K. and Ireland on April 24, 2015. That date, announced by Marvel on Thursday, is just about a week before the movie hits the U.S. on May 1, 2015. Filming is already underway in Europe on “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” Written and directed by Whedon, the new movie sees Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver join the original team of heroes including Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America, among others. (Click through the gallery above for an early look at the production.) This time out, the iconic team gathers to do battle with the villainous Ultron (James Spader), though it’s unclear how closely Whedon’s film will tie to […]
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 […]
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 […]
Oct. 01, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star Ming-Na Wen on Joss Whedon’s quiet energy

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Ming-Na Wen plays the resolute Melinda May on ABC’s hit new spy series, but the veteran actress said she was a jangle of raw nerves going in to audition for the role. “I got a phone call from my agent, and he said, ‘Hey, you have a meeting with Joss Whedon, want to go in?'” Wen recalled, sitting in her trailer preparing to head to set for a day of shooting on the new show. “I’ve been a huge fan of his work, and I was actually really nervous because I love this world, the Marvel world. I grew up as a geek girl. I remember not being able to memorize these lines to save my life. When I can’t memorize lines that means that my head wasn’t in the game. I was thinking about […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 10:51 a.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D': Clark Gregg on Marvel, Joss Whedon mind meld

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg looked around the massive Helicarrier set on a Culver City sound stage and seemed thrilled to be alive — or, more accurately, thrilled — that the intrepid Phil Coulson, the character he first played in 2008’s “Iron Man,” had been reborn. In ABC’s new superhero-inspired series, which premieres Tuesday night, the resurrected Coulson returns after his rather tragic death at the hands of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” He now leads a team of special operatives that includes Ming-Na Wen’s pilot Melinda May, lone wolf Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and ace hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) through mysterious, dangerous missions. But it’s not all grit and peril for the group. The agents’ headquarters are rather posh:  a richly appointed plane complete with sleeping accommodations and a high-tech lab where tech […]
Sept. 13, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ready for prime-time action

'Agents of SHIELD' Clark Gregg (Featured image)
The cloudless August morning was so warm and tranquil it could have been plucked from the mind of a dreaming pilot. It was a lucky turn for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division agent Phil Coulson and his team of operatives as they flew a massive Helicarrier to a remote corner of the globe to apprehend an elusive target who’d stolen contraband goods. Clad in his trademark tailored suit, Coulson warned his recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that the mission wasn’t going to be easy, even under the best of circumstances. It was a sentiment he repeated more than a few times, as Clark Gregg replayed the scene for the cameras inside a Culver City soundstage, filming what will be the fourth episode of ABC’s anticipated new series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which premieres Sept. 24. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV Preview […]
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 […]
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 […]
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