Quicksilver Scarlett Witch

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 »

Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill in The Avengers (header)

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 »

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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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Much Ado BTS 2

By now the story of Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing is well-known. On a break from post-production for The Avengers, which would go on to gross $1.5 billion worldwide, the writer/director grabbed a bunch of friends and over 12 days shot a modernized version of the classic Shakespeare play at his own house. The resulting film, released in June, didn’t make as much as The Avengers – in fact, it made just .3% as much – but the passion in it is likely on a similar level.

Next week, Titan Books is releasing a book for Much Ado About Nothing that includes Whedon’s full screenplay, an exclusive interview, and never before seen images from the production of the film, such as the one above.

After the jump, see four more exclusive images as well as some special excerpts from the script and the interview. Read More »

Peter Sciretta on the set of Thor: The Dark World

Last year, I traveled to London to visit the set of the Marvel sequel Thor 2: The Dark World. The photo above is me holding Mjölnir, Thor’s iconic hammer – it’s actually heavier than it looks — in the massive weapon room of the film’s production offices. After the jump you can read about the many things that I learned while on set, and watch a video blog reaction I recorded after the visit. Later this week we’ll be publishing some of the interviews we conducted on set with the talent and crew, so be on the look out for them as well.

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James Spader Ultron

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 »

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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 »

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