Joss Whedon has been open in saying his early drafts of The Avengers featured an additional member of the team: The Wasp. He eventually dropped the character, saying the entire movie was “too Wasp-y,” and instead focused on the characters that had already been established. (Of note, he’ll finally get to introduce a new female superhero in Avengers: Age of Ultron: Scarlet Witch.)
Even though Wasp got cut early, storyboards and concept art are created months, sometimes years before a script is firmed up. That’s what happened with The Avengers. A few more animatic sequences by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro have popped online that show many of the iconic visual moments from the Battle of New York in The Avengers, with several major changes. The most striking is there’s another member of the team: The Wasp.
Below, check out four early animatics from the film that not only feature the Wasp, but feature extended action scenes, more dialogue, alternate character motivations and more. Read More »
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Before you assume that everyone’s favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, talk to Joss Whedon. The writer/director has long been on the record as saying that, while he likes and respects Empire, he thinks A New Hope is the superior film. “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite,” Whedon said in the past. “That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director explained a bit more of his disappointment in what most people agree is the best Star Wars movie. 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 »
Board games built around big movie and tv properties aren’t usually that good. It seems like most of the time, the money spent on the licenses and image rights allow little left for investment into quality game design. There are a couple select companies that buck that trend, probably most notably Fantasy Flight Games (which has the Star Wars license). Last year a company called Gale Force 9 entered the mix with the release of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, based on the Starz television series. The game adaptation shocked the board game community by earning a user rating worthy of the top 250 games on BoardGameGeek.com (basically, the imdb for board games).
This year that same company, Gale Force 9, scored the license for the Joss Whedon television series Firefly and premiered a board game based on the beloved geek series at GenCon. The company had a limited amount of copies of Firefly: The Game on sale at the board game convention, but sold out of their 300 copies in less than 10 minutes on opening day. The game has a $59.99 msrp, but Amazon has it available for pre-order for only $46.00. Act fast as the early GenCon copies of game has been selling on ebay for up to $145.
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The brilliance of Marvel is not only in the studio’s execution of story; it’s in the dissemination of information. Take, for example, Comic-Con. All Marvel President Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon had to do was reveal three words, “Age of Ultron,” to completely redirect the conversation about the path of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the next few years.
Another example was the tag of 2012′s The Avengers. Showing the uber-evil Thanos as the mastermind behind Loki’s plan suggested he’d be the next great nemesis for the super-team. But, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in the Avengers: Age of Ultron changed that.
Joss Whedon, the writer and director of both The Avengers and next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, now explained more about the role of Thanos. He was “never meant to be the next villain” and was only teased to give fans a taste of how big this Marvel Cinematic Universe can really get. Read More »
Marvel fans need only wait another few weeks before the latest addition to their favorite universe. No, Thor: The Dark World hasn’t been moved up from its November opening. The ABC show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres September 24 and as that date slowly approaches, more and more information on the show is revealed.
Peter’s already seen the whole pilot and, this weekend, it screened again at the Television Critics Association event. There, reporters talked to producers Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb and others about the show. The pair once again discussed connections between the S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just how involved Whedon will be once Avengers: Age of Ultron starts filming and more.
Read about it below, and check out a brand new poster. Read More »
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Joss Whedon‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Marvel’s first big foray into television since the success of the studio’s big-screen efforts — premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00pm EST on ABC with Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.
If you don’t want to wait almost two months to get a new look at the first episode, we’ve got a bunch of official images below. There are two Whedon TV alumni revealed in the pics below, so if you want to be surprised by who shows up, be careful. That said, beyond the presence of a couple actors, there’s nothing in the shots below that appears to be spoilerish. For more info on the show’s pilot, check Pete’s review from Comic Con or watch the show’s panel. Read More »