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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 27, 2015 | 11:49 a.m.

‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds looks cozy in suit reveal

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Actor Ryan Reynolds revealed his official “Deadpool” get-up to fans via Twitter on Friday, with a dose of the Marvel character’s trademark wisecracking attitude. Clad head-to-toe in red and black, the star is seen laying supine on a fur and lit by a roaring hearth. “No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on,” Reynolds tweeted.  With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie pic.twitter.com/MPM89bYz1B — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 The photo serves as a reminder that 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool,” set for release on  Feb. 12, 2016, strays far from the path tread by superhero blockbusters to date. The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, known for a tendency to break the fourth wall and speak directly to comic book readers. The antihero, first portrayed by Reynolds […]
March 23, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.

Russo brothers to direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ movies for Marvel

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel)
Joe and Anthony Russo are ready to redeploy. The sibling directing duo are set to helm the two-part superhero showdown “The Avengers: Infinity War,” Hero Complex has confirmed. Plot details have yet to be revealed for the two films, set for release in 2018 and 2019, but they are expected to bring together an all-star roster of big-screen heroes (and villains) and mark the culmination of Marvel’s third wave of blockbusters. The Russos are thus shaping up as the next architects of Marvel’s cinematic universe, having directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and already signed on for “Captain America: Civil War,” due next year. Badass Digest first reported news of the brothers boarding “Infinity War.” They’ll take over stewardship of the franchise from Joss Whedon, who directed the original “Avengers” film and its sequel, “Age of Ultron,” opening May 1. If the Russos were originally […]
March 10, 2015 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Daredevil’ trailer: New Marvel promo spotlights villain Wilson Fisk

The villainous character Wilson Fisk takes the spotlight in the new trailer for “Daredevil,” Marvel’s first TV series for Netflix due to arrive in April. Played by veteran actor Vincent D’Onofrio, Fisk, also known as Kingpin, will make life in Hell’s Kitchen difficult for Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, the blind vigilante known as the Man Without Fear who, by day, is a practicing attorney. Watch the new trailer below. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, […]
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. 26, 2015 | 1:55 p.m.

‘Daredevil’ posters spotlight Charlie Cox as Marvel hero Matt Murdoch

A poster for "Daredevil." (Netflix)
The blind superhero Matt Murdock is front and center in new poster images for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, “Daredevil.” Starring Charlie Cox, the series centers on the unlikely hero who is conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante, with his quest for justice taking him to some very dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, and on the streets as a vigilante. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area […]
Feb. 18, 2015 | 3:30 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': The humans behind Rocket Raccoon

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" conceptual artwork showing Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper. (Marvel)
Early in the making of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti invited a raccoon named Oreo to spend a few hours in his London office. He was looking for inspiration for one of the movie’s central characters, the mouthy wiseguy Rocket Raccoon, and the natural world seemed like a productive starting place. “They touch everything. They’re very tactile animals,” Ceretti recalled in a phone interview last week. “We spent a lot of time filming the way he moved so the animators could reference that. Even though it’s a raccoon that can walk and talk, we just want to make him look as present in the image as possible so people don’t question it.” Ceretti’s intensive study sessions paid off. “Guardians” is one of five films vying for the Oscar for outstanding visual effects at Sunday’s 87th […]
Feb. 17, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Infinity Gauntlet’ No. 1 preview: Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver get cosmic

'Infinity Gauntlet' No. 1 (featured image)
As Marvel kicks off its massive new Secret Wars event in May, it will be Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver teaming up to present a reimagined “Infinity Gauntlet.” Written by Duggan (“Deadpool”) and Weaver (“Edge of Spider-Verse”) with cover and pencils by Weaver, this “Infinity Gauntlet” will chronicle the adventures of a young woman named Anwen Bakian, who lives with her dad, sister and grandfather in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for food and hiding from enormous insects. When Anwen discovers a mysterious stone that potentially holds considerable cosmic power, however, her circumstances change. Hero Complex readers can check out exclusive “Infinity Gauntlet” artwork, including Skottie Young’s homage to the original “Infinity Gauntlet” No. 4 cover and character sketches, in the gallery above or in the links below. ‘INFINITY GAUNTLET’ No. 1: Dustin Weaver’s cover | Skottie Young’s variant cover | […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Deadpool’ casts Gina Carano opposite Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth

Gina Carano is set to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool,” which tracks the adventures of the mentally unstable mercenary, Hero Complex confirmed Friday. The actress and former MMA star, whose credits include the Steven Soderbergh action film “Haywire” and “Fast & Furious 6,” will play Angel Dust, a mutant created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough who discovers she has the ability to increase her adrenaline to give her temporary bursts of superhuman strength. (Angel Dust first appeared in 2002’s “Morlocks” No. 1.) Carano’s casting was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this week, “Deadpool” star Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds offers first look at Marvel hero’s mask

Ryan Reynolds is starring in Fox's "Deadpool." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the Tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016, exactly one year from now. The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and […]
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