Yesterday Joss Whedon introduced a short video at San Diego Comic Con that announced the full title for the Avengers sequel. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in 2015, and the name tells us that the malicious adamantium robot Ultron — a longtime Marvel Universe nemesis with many different incarnations — will play a major role.
A comic book storyline published earlier this year bears the same name, naturally leading many fans to expect that the movie will be an adaptation of that storyline. (A story which features prominent roles for characters Marvel Studios cannot use.) Turns out that the movie is really using the title and presence of Ultron, and possibly little more from that comic book story. Watch Joss Whedon explain the story — which he says he’s been thinking about since before The Avengers was done — bel0w. Read More »
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Joss Whedon took the stage at Hall H today to intro a brief teaser clip for a new film. The footage featured animated close-ups of metal being pounded into shape as we hear clips of dialogue from The Avengers. But as the metal object revolves and the camera pulls back the head of Ultron is revealed.
Smash cut to title: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read More »
Emergency Awesome has uploaded the entire Comic Con panel for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (minus the pilot episode, my reaction to while you can read here). Watch it now embedded after the jump now!
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One of the most anticipated television panels on Friday was Marvel’s new live-action television show The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was inconveniently programed in the convention center’s smaller hall Ballroom 20. The entire creative team and most of the cast were in San Diego for the panel.
The first audience question was the elephant in the room: Will we see any of the Marvel movie superheroes make appearances in this television show. Executive producer Joss Whedon responded with a tease:
We may see some people, and we may see some new people from the marvel universe who are not yet cinematic… Probably, but I can’t say when because that’d be spoiling it.
Later, when Clark Gregg was asked about how it felt to return in the suit, he hesitated trying to come up with an answer and instead just decided to give Joss, who was sitting next to him on the panel, a hug. Clark credited the fans for his return, saying that “Bad ass geeks around the world weren’t having it” and started the Coulson lives movement which made all of this happen.
Another audience member asked if we were going to see a clip from the series, and Joss responded him that they were going to bring a clip but they couldn’t due to some Disney legal issue… but instead they brought the whole pilot. Cut to: a thousand fans in Ballroom 20 erupt in applause at this surprise screening. After the jump you can read my thoughts on the pilot episode, with and without spoilers.
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Not as many surprises on the Friday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2013, but that doesn’t mean it’s not big. Actually, it’s huge.
The second biggest day of the Con will feature a loaded Hall H day including The World’s End, Kick-Ass 2, Riddick, Veronica Mars, RoboCop, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and even two huge TV entries, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
But that’s not all. Also on Friday you’ll see The Legend of Korra, Ron Moore‘s Helix, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Drew Struzan, Joss Whedon, Vikings, Roger Rabbit and Metallica. Yes. Metallica.
Check out the full Friday schedule and see our select highlights below. Read More »
Loki memorably made his debut in Thor and then even more memorably provided the Hulk with some Asgardian rag-doll action in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. And we know the character has a significant role in Thor: The Dark World, which hits this fall.
But if you’re expecting Loki to reprise his villainous role in The Avengers 2, might be time to come up with a new expectation. Whedon is talking more and more about his team-up sequel — which is still quite a way off, with release planned for 2015 — and he seems to say that Loki won’t have a role. Read More »
A monkey wrench has been thrown into our collective understanding of what Marvel has in store for Phase Two. We’ve seen what Tony Stark is up to in Iron Man 3; we have an idea what Thor will tackle in Thor: The Dark World; and Captain America is currently working his butt off filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Next up is 2014′s James Gunn film Guardians of the Galaxy, which starts shooting in England this Summer, followed by Joss Whedon‘s sequel The Avengers 2 in 2015. Many assumed whatever happens with Gunn’s team of galactic superheroes would dovetail into what happens with Whedon’s team on Earth. Well, that might not be the case, according to Whedon. A new quote suggests the Guardians will not appear in The Avengers 2. Read More »
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Briefly: We’re going to see two versions of the Marvel character Quicksilver — a speedster mutant who is Magneto’s son — on the big screen in the next couple years. One will appear in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Peters. Given how many other characters are already known to be in that film, expect Singer’s version of Quicksilver to have a relatively small part, along with his sister, the Scarlet Witch.
Joss Whedon has also written the sibling duo into The Avengers 2. Due to the fact that Fox has a lock on rights to Marvel’s mutant characters, Whedon’s depictions will be slightly different, but they’ll be in the film all the same. And now Quicksilver is the first reported new casting for the film, as Aaron Johnson is reported to be the frontrunner for the role. He doesn’t have the gig yet, but the Kick-Ass and Savages actor is close to getting it, reports The Wrap. Read More »