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 […]
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 […]
June 17, 2014 | 5:14 p.m.
A little over a year ago, Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to dispel rumors of a stand-alone Hulk film. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.” Ruffalo then added, “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.” Today, it seems as if the future of a new “Hulk” movie may be one step closer, as Ruffalo told Digital Spy that Marvel Studios has made the project a consideration. “I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” he said. PHOTOS: The Hulk at 50: We love him when he’s angry “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the follow-up to […]
March 08, 2013 | 8:04 a.m.
Mark Ruffalo has been addressing rumors — and the clamoring of Hulk fans — about the possibility of a standalone movie featuring the Hulk. Not now, he says. Ruffalo went the Twitter route to dispel rumors that he would be the focus of a new film. He sent a series of tweets Thursday. First, he said: “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.” He followed that with: “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.” He clarified that even further a bit later — notice the time on this, 1:37 a.m. Friday. This is the kind of thing that keeps […]
May 10, 2012 | 1:40 p.m.
This story contains spoilers about “The Avengers” and previously released Marvel films. When word got out in 2010 that Mark Ruffalo had been cast as Bruce Banner and his big, green alter ego the Hulk in “The Avengers,” many fans of the franchise were furious. They took to the message boards, touting the merits of Edward Norton’s performance in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” and decrying the decision to cast a different actor in “The Avengers,” which would finally unite Marvel’s superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Ruffalo — best known for off-the-beaten-path movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and 2010’s critical darling “The Kids Are All Right” — had been unsure of his decision to accept the role in the action-packed flick. But he said the fan outrage was exactly the motivation he needed. “I […]
April 12, 2012 | 3:00 p.m.
Mark Ruffalo’s ripped Hulk appears fearsome on the surface, but “The Avengers” star says his inspiration for the character came from a far more meek place: His 10-year-old son. “I literally based the entire character on [him],” the actor told Hero Complex at the film’s premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday night, where the red carpet was filled with stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The film opens nationwide May 4. “[He’s] in this most horrible place as a young person where you have the force of nature streaming through your body, but the rest of the world is expecting you to behave, and I think that’s a little bit like the Hulk and Bruce Banner. I think that character was written for that 10-year-old child inside of us that is trying to fit into a very complex and […]
April 26, 2011 | 6:16 a.m.
It’s a big day in the Marvel Universe — principal photography is now underway in Albuquerque, N.M., on “The Avengers,” the film that will bring together the superheroes from four separate film franchises and, perhaps, launch a few new ones. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo stepping in for the banished Edward Norton) will be joined by Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, reprising her slinky S.H.I.E.L.D. spy role from “Iron Man 2“) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner, who makes a cameo with his bows and arrows in “Thor,” which opens May 6) as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), the representatives of S.H.I.E.L.D., the secret-ops government agency that appears to be the glue holding much of the upcoming mythology in place. As expected, Tom Hiddleston from “Thor” will be the […]