Two big superhero assumptions were confirmed by actors today. First up, Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, confirmed Elizabeth Olsen is joining him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Second, Paul Giamatti, who makes a brief appearance as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said he’s expected to come back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which just got a trio of writers) but probably not The Amazing Spider-Man 4.
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Fall 2013 is a pretty good time to be James Spader. The actor not only stars in one of the highest rated new TV series of the season, The Blacklist, he’s preparing to battle Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one of 2015′s biggest films. Spader will be playing the evil robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, written and directed by Joss Whedon, and the actor recently talked about the role. He revealed he recently went into for body scans and more for the early 2014 shoot and spoke about his excitement. Read the quotes below. Read More »
One of the great moments at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the very end of the Marvel Studios panel when Kevin Feige surprised the audience by bringing out Joss Whedon. Whedon had something to show us, and the video was an exciting reveal of the title to his May 1, 2015 sequel to The Avengers. By now we know, of course, that it’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What many of you who weren’t in the room don’t know is what the video looked like, at least not in high-res official form. The Iron Man 3 Jarvis App has now revealed that footage, which can be viewed online. We have it below, along with a plot synopsis that was uploaded to IMDB. It’s likely unofficial but interesting none the less. Read More »
Five hundred days of small superhero news; my, how far we’ve come. Today, to commemorate this landmark column edition, we have an exclusive clip from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition featuring two of the best superhero directors of all time: Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner.
Besides that, do you want to know how you can be an extra in Batman vs. Superman? How did Christopher Nolan decide to use the Tumbler in Batman Begins? Can you see the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con tease? Which raccoon was the model for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to see concept art of Galactus from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer? Read about all this and more in the 500th edition of Superhero Bits! Read More »
The first piece of official casting for 2015′s Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was for the title character. Writer/director Joss Whedon turned to James Spader to play the all-powerful, hyper-intelligent robot, and the choice made a ton of sense. All through Spader’s career, in films like Pretty In Pink and Less Than Zero, his indie work in Sex, Lies and Videotape and Crash, and his popular TV work on Boston Legal, The Practice and The Office, he’s excelled at playing an icy, morally ambiguous character. Sometimes he’s a good guy, sometimes he’s a bad guy, but it’s rarely that simple.
So while the casting made sense, maybe you want to hear Whedon’s own comments on his reasons for casting Spader. A new Marvel video lets the director voice his thought process. Read More »
Joss Whedon has chosen someone few people likely expected to play the main villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. James Spader, who became a sensation thanks to Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and who has played roles in a diverse slate of projects in film (Secretary, Lincoln) and television (Boston Legal, The Practice), will play the character. Official info is below. Read More »
Joss Whedon‘s highly anticipated 2015 sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will surely have lots of new characters in addition to the returning superheroes Marvel has already cast. Two specific roles we know of are brother and sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They will reportedly be at odds with the Avengers before teaming up to help defeat Ultron.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) has been vocal about being interested, and in talks for the role of Quicksilver. Joss Whedon himself has said Saoirse Ronan was his model for Scarlet Witch. The latest news on the film, however, is that Ronan apparently passed on the project. So Whedon is out to another, possibly even better choice. Elizabeth Olsen is now rumored to be up for the role.
Update: THR confirms that Olsen is in talks for the role, and that the dealmaking process is pretty far along.
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The character Ultron is going to be much different on screen than he is in the comic books. In the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) and that won’t be the case in the movies. (Rumor is Tony Stark might have a role in Ultron’s creation.) He’s also going to be less powerful and more grounded.
Joss Whedon, who wrote and will direct the character in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, discussing how he plans to make Ultron, a self-aware and nearly all-powerful robotic being, into a viable villain. Read More »