Age of Ultron featurette

Regardless of your feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron, seeing the process of creation for a movie like that one is always fascinating. With so many moving parts to juggle, from actors and their characters and storylines to locations, effects, and all the post-production details, there are innumerable tricks and secrets to learn.

Yesterday we saw an Age of Ultron featurette showing some of the creation of Vision; today we have three more. One explains the effects that brought some powers to life. Two others explore how James Spader interacted on set with other actors including Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. (One neat bit: during takes, they had to use balls mounted a couple feet above Spader’s head as an eyeline for the giant Ultron.) Watch all three below, and prepare to Marvel at Mark Ruffalo’s continued astonishment at the particulars of his job. Read More »

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After the epic bellyflop that was Fantastic Four, you’d think Michael B. Jordan would want to stay away from comic book movies for a while. But perhaps he subscribes to the “if at first you don’t succeed…” mantra.

Jordan has just entered negotiations to star in Blood Brothers, MGM’s buddy action-comedy based on the Dark Horse graphic novel of the same name. Get details on the Michael B Jordan Blood Brothers movie after the jump.  Read More »

vision featurette

A bit of advice from Ghostbusters applies to many actors accepting gigs as superheroes: “When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES.” That’s pretty much Paul Bettany‘s recollection of getting the offer to play Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as recounted in this excerpt from a new Vision featurette on the upcoming Blu-ray.

But there’s also a second piece of advice that applies here, too, as summed up nicely in Ben Affleck’s anecdote about having a Batman conversation with Christian Bale: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.”

It takes a lot of paint, fabric, and rubber to make a mere mortal look like a superhero. Those costumes aren’t always comfortable, but it’s easy to overlook that detail in the excitement of taking the role. Fortunately, the Vision makeup process was pretty brief. The suit was even water-cooled, leading Bettany to quip that “it’s a little like being inside a gin and tonic.”

Check out the Vision featurette excerpt below for a lot more. Read More »

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How long is Viola Davis sticking around the DC Cinematic Universe? Why did Marvel give Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn a Joker mask? Can Gotham‘s David Mazouz do a Batman voice? Who’s a better dancer, Deadpool or Spider-Man? Did Cara Delevingne get her own Suicide Squad tat? Is this our first look at The Flash‘s new Doctor Light? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Daredevil VFX reel

“Our job is not to be the star of the shot,” says Shade VFX senior exec producer David Van Dyke of his company’s work on Daredevil. Indeed, the show’s effects were not excessively showy, but as some of the effects tricks are revealed one realizes that there was probably more reliance on visual effects in the show than you first assumed.

This new Daredevil VFX reel from Shade shows off a lot of the company’s work on the series from Marvel and Netflix, and thankfully this particular video has a lot more than the typical quick-cut VFX reel. Read More »

mads mikkelsen doctor strange

Hannibal may be ending, as the canceled NBC show failed to secure a new home for a fourth season, but the show’s star, Mads Mikkelsen, isn’t going to disappear. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Mikkelsen was recently announced as part of the Star Wars: Rogue One cast, and now he’s in talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Wait, one of the villains? We know that Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Baron Mordo, one of Strange’s classic villains, so what could the Mads Mikkelsen Doctor Strange role be? Read More »

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In the meantime, there have been a lot of rumors floating around, including word on which superheroes align themselves with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) when they end up at odds. The aforementioned footage from D23 essentially confirmed those rumors, but in case you needed more substantial evidence, some Captain America Civil War promo art has surfaced showing each of the teams, but beware of spoilers below. Read More »

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Meanwhile, a fan has just unearthed an Avengers: Age of Ultron Easter egg which connects yet another new character, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), to a Marvel superhero we haven’t even seen yet, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Discover the Age of Ultron Black Panther Easter egg, and watch the Ultron featurettes, after the jump.  Read More »

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There’s a rumored Luke Cage synopsis doing the rounds, however, and since the character is probably an unknown to mainstream audiences we’ll indulge it, even if the description is basically just a condensed synopsis of early Marvel Comics issues. Read More »