April 14, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
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.
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 […]
March 30, 2015 | 10:34 a.m.
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.
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 […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.
A new poster for Marvel’s upcoming tentpole superhero movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” unites the entire team as well as revealing new character Vision. The poster, which was released on The Avengers Twitter feed, features the original cinematic Avengers — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new recruits Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But flying above the pack is a caped figure, obscured by the sun, whom comics fans may recognize as Vision, an evolved form of Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent butler Jarvis. The character, voiced in the film by Paul Bettany, was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema and introduced in a 1968 issue of “The […]
Jan. 12, 2015 | 6:47 p.m.
A new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, teasing a grim battle in which Marvel’s mightiest superheroes have to protect a world that, apparently, might not want them. “We have no place in the world,” Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) says in the trailer, which debuted during the broadcast of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night. “Age of Ultron” reunites the Marvel superheroes, including Widow, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” intones the villainous automaton, one of Tony Stark’s inventions gone awry. But if the new trailer is any indication, the Avengers’ biggest faceoffs might be against each other. The new trailer reveals more than a little conflict between Marvel’s […]
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 […]
April 24, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.
“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.
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 […]