April 14, 2015 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ premiere draws Marvel stars past, present and future

Scarlett Johansson (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
It was a Marvel family reunion at Tuesday night’s world premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and the rest of the “Ultron” cast were joined by past, present and future Marvel Studios stars on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. ———— For the Record April 15, 4:05 p.m.: This story states that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will conclude the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s second phase. “Age of Ultron” is Marvel’s penultimate Phase 2 film. The last film is “Ant-Man.” ———— “Ultron” costars Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, James Spader, Julie Delpy and Claudia Kim made appearances, as well as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members including Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adrianne Palicki and more. Likewise, newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Paul Rudd […]
April 14, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: A look at the Marvel sequel in images

Ultron (voiced by James Spader) in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." (Film Frame / Marvel Studios)
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.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ clips: Hulk fights Hulkbuster, Tony Stark talks ‘endgame’

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 […]
April 13, 2015 | 12:26 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ premiere live stream: Watch Marvel stars walk the red carpet

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' ( Jay Maidment/ Marvel Studios)
The Avengers are assembling in Hollywood, and Marvel fans have a front-row seat thanks to the magic of the Internet. The world premiere of Marvel’s upcoming sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is scheduled to be streamed live today at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET at Viewers can watch Earth’s mightiest superheroes — including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and more — as they hit the red carpet at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. The live stream will also include the debut of an exclusive new clip from the film, directed by Joss Whedon. Fellow Marvel stars including Paul Rudd, Jaimie Alexander, Chadwick Boseman, Clark Gregg, Iain De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet, Frank Grillo, Elden Henson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Neal McDonough, Adrianne Palicki, Ming-Na Wen and others are also scheduled to appear. The […]
April 13, 2015 | 7:44 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’ trailer sees Marvel villain Yellowjacket battle Thomas the Tank Engine

A scene from the "Ant-Man" trailer. (Marvel)
A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick “Ant-Man” sees its diminutive hero battle the villainous Yellowjacket, and Yellowjacket face off against a less nefarious foe — Thomas the Tank Engine. The trailer, released Monday morning, shows Paul Rudd as the titular character, a thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. An imprisoned Lang is offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. Lang is enlisted to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. “Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while,” Pym tells Lang in the trailer. “You’re different. I believe everyone deserves a shot at redemption. Do you?” “Absolutely,” Lang responds. “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over. What do you want […]
April 11, 2015 | 8:40 a.m.

‘Daredevil': Marvel swaggers into Scorsese territory in Netflix series with Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in "Daredevil." (Netflix)
“Daredevil,” the comic-based, crime-inflected drama that arrived Friday with 13 episodes on Netflix, represents a very different direction for Marvel. Think of it as superheroes, Scorsese-style. “Daredevil” is unquestionably more somber, and more graphically violent, than its Marvel Universe siblings, ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter,” two shows that reflect the company’s customary blend of uplifting entertainment, humor and mostly happy endings. “Marvel really wanted to take a chance,” said show runner Steven DeKnight (“Spartacus”). “When they told me that they wanted this to be grittier, very grounded, morally complex, that was right up my alley. We approached it as a crime drama first and a superhero show second.” REVIEW: Built for the binge: ‘Daredevil’ reveals the future of TV According to Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb (who, in his previous life as a comic book writer, wrote the […]
April 06, 2015 | 12:34 p.m.

Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon: Only the mightiest super-fans can survive

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' (Marvel).
Think you’re the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe fan? L.A.-area viewers can prove their mettle by binge watching all 11 MCU films — including an early screening of the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” — as part of the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 20. For $70 a pop, fans will be treated to “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, if they’re still awake (or alive) some 29 hours later, “Age of Ultron.” In addition to the films, the marathon will include a costume contest, raffles and giveaways, and “special guests” (keep your fingers crossed for Stellan Skarsgård). Viewers who survive all 11 films will receive an exclusive poster […]
April 02, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

All kidding aside, ‘Deadpool’ will in fact be R-rated

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has confirmed the film will in fact be R-rated, doing so with an April Fools hoax that involved the wisecracking antihero himself. Hero Complex later verified the R-rating with 20th Century Fox. The fun all started Wednesday morning with a tweet from Reynolds’ account. He joked that the film would be rated PG-13, colorfully promising fans that it would still have a “ton of action” and “at least 3 chimichangas.” “Zero need to panic. I promise,” Reynolds tweeted. Though “Deadpool” is a superhero film, a PG-13 rating would still be a bit of a surprise, as Deadpool is a darker sort of comic antihero. The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his joking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. The actor alluded to a months-long […]
March 31, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

Dennis Hopeless introduces ‘House of M’ to Secret Wars’ Battleworld

'House of M' #1 (Marvel)
In Marvel’s original “House of M,” Wanda Maximoff helped usher in a seismic change in the universe with her “No more mutants” proclamation — a charge that essentially wiped out the powers of millions of mutants. But what if that never happened? What if the Magneto-led utopia that the Scarlet Witch had previously created had just continued? That is the premise of Marvel’s new “House of M.” This new worldview will shape the Monarchy of M territory and will be part of the ongoing Secret Wars’ Battleworld series. Dennis Hopeless, who’s current run on “Spider-Woman” is getting a lot of positive buzz after a brief cover controversy, is shaping this universe, with art from Kris Anka. Hero Complex is revealing the cover for issue No. 1, and we caught up with Hopeless to ask a bit about this new section of Battleworld and the family dynamics in […]
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 […]
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