Has Joss Whedon finished the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which superhero did Mads Mikkelsen audition for? What will the Ant-Man costume look like? Is Ben Affleck bulking up for Batman vs. Superman too soon? Did Chris Pratt read the Guardians of the Galaxy script before signing on? What does Mondo’s latest Watchmen poster look like? Which characters are joining Marvel Universe Live? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Marvel Studios finally confirmed what we’ve known for some time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are joining Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015. They’ll play the brother sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, who might have a bit of a problem with how The Avengers are doing things. Read the full press release below.
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Casting for a couple of the biggest movies of 2015 is a slow and secretive process; it’ll probably be a while longer before we have hard and fast confirmations of the casts for films like Star Wars Episode VII and Batman vs. Superman. But Avengers: Age of Ultron is a different story. Joss Whedon’s film is set for May 1, 2015, and will shoot starting early next year, reportedly around March.
We already know some of the returning cast, and we know that James Spader will play the title villain and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the mutant hero Quicksilver. (Except that the film can’t call him a mutant, because that right is reserved for Fox and the X-Men franchise, in which the same character will appear played by a different actor, Evan Peters, in X-Men: Days of Future Past.)
We’ve known that Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla) was likely going to play Quicksilver’s sister, known in heroic circles as the Scarlet Witch. Now the actress has spoken just a bit about the role — not enough to give anything away about the film, but enough to let us know for certain that she’s in it. Read More »
Unless something tragic happens in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this probably goes without saying but, hey, we’ll say it anyway. In a new interview, S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Maria Hill — Cobie Smulders — says her character is coming back for 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the quotes below. Read More »
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The Wrap has confirmed that Aaron Johnson is signed to play Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Original story follows.
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This week should have been dubbed “Kevin Feige Week” on the blogosphere. Fresh from the Thor: The Dark World press tour, the president of Marvel Studios is answering – and teasing – all kinds of things about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Phase 2, Phase 3, the TV spin-offs and much more. What’s crazy at point though, Feige has done so much press, it’s got to a point where he’s now answer questions about answers he gave earlier in the week, such as our exclusive quotes concerning Ultron.
Below, we have a selection of quotes from the Marvel Studios president discussing the recent Ben Kingsley news, rumored Ant-Man casting, Avengers: Age of Ultron details, more Iron Man films, a Hulk solo movie and much, much more. Read More »
Most people are made of cells; Kevin Feige is made of news. Seemingly every time the Marvel Studios president does an interview, he drops a ton of interesting news about the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speaking to Feige in London this weekend about Thor: The Dark World was no different. While the majority of that conversation dealt with major spoilers from the film (check back after the November 8 opening for that talk) he did offer up some interesting quotes about Marvel moving ahead.
First up, Feige said we’ve already heard all of the new properties they’re working on, most of which haven’t been officially announced. Things like Doctor Strange, Inhumans, Hulk etc. He then talked about why Ultron is bad enough to cause The Avengers to assemble again, but Malekith (in Thor: The Dark World) is not. Third, while Tom Hiddleston has confirmed he won’t be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige said he wouldn’t be back before Thor 3. (A film they have ideas about, but is far from official). Finally, he explained how the Marvel release schedule might look moving ahead and that Comic-Con 2014 isn’t assuredly where we’d find out about those new films.
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Marvel has had an impressive run at the box office since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, leading up to the billion-dollar success of The Avengers last year. The company is in its self-defined “phase two” right now, which began with Iron Man 3 earlier this year, and will continue with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians the Galaxy, and conclude with Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.
We know that phase three kicks off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, also in 2015. And as Feige did press for the new Thor film this past weekend, he was asked many questions about the further development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will we see characters such as The Punisher, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange on screen? How about a solo film for a female character? When will we know the titles for the “mystery movies” dated for May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017? And what’s up with James Spader being cast as the title villain in the Avengers sequel? Read More »
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