Joss Whedon

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 […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ poster offers glimpse of Vision

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (featured image)
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.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer: Marvel’s mightiest face conflict within

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’ plot details: Tony Stark’s plan backfires

Mark Ruffalo, left, as Bruce Banner and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a scene from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment/ Marvel)
“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.

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 […]
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