Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced fans to several new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but perhaps none were more unique than Vision. After portraying the voice of Tony Stark's A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. for years, Paul Bettany finally got a chance to shine in front of the camera, coming to life before our very eyes as Vision. Ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron's debut on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with prosthetics supervisor Nik Williams, who helped bring Vision to life, designing the intricate makeup that Paul Bettany wore on set.
Nik Williams first got his start in animatronics, working on Little Shop of Horrors, How to Get Ahead in Advertising and Frankenstein throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He started working in prosthetics in the 2000s on Stardust, Eastern Promises and Ninja Assassin, while serving as a special makeup effects artist on Kick-Ass, Nanny McPhee Returns, Cloud Atlas and 47 Ronin. Take a look at our conversation below, where he talks about using 3D printing technology to bring Vision's look to life, how long it took to apply this makeup to Paul Bettany and much more.Read More
Marvel's Daredevil premiered earlier this year, with the studio announcing earlier this month that Jessica Jones will debut on November 20. Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist are expected to debut in 2016, along with Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, with all four of these Hell's Kitchen characters coming together for The Defenders miniseries sometime in 2017. It's worth noting that all of these characters will be established in the MCU by the time Avengers: Infinity War Part I hits theaters in May 2018, so it's certainly possible that some, if not all of these street-level characters, could help Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their battle with the nefarious Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Along with scheduling, another issue that could hold up any crossovers is Kevin Feige's new deal with Disney, where he will report directly to Disney's Alan Horn and Bob Iger instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, who still controls Marvel's TV division lead by Jeph Loeb. Still, it would certainly be beneficial for all parties involved to have these TV characters inserted alongside the established heroes in the MCU.Read More
Captain Marvel was one of the new Phase Three movies introduced by Kevin Feige during a Marvel press event back in October. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have come aboard to write the script, but the project still doesn't have a director yet. Marvel still hasn't announced who will be playing Carol Danvers yet, but we reported earlier this month that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson is the studio's top candidate. Are you glad that the studio held off on introducing Captain Marvel, or would you have liked to see her pop up at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Avengers: Age of Ultron was released May 1st, 2015.Read More
Over the past seven years, Marvel fans have become accustomed to sticking around as the entire credit sequence rolls, for a sneak peek at either an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe project, or sometimes just a fun bonus scene. Many might not even know what shawarma is had it not been for the memorable end credits scene in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but sitting through the credits also gives one a sense of just how many people need to come together on movies of this sort of magnitude. Many of these men and women aren't household names like the actors who play Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but they are just as vital to the success of the film as the actors or writer-director Joss Whedon. Before Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with one of these unsung crew members, stunt coordinator Greg Powell, who helped bring all of the massive fight sequences to life.
Greg Powell has been a stuntman for the past 45 years, working on classics such as Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, A View to a Kill, In the Name of the Father. He has also served as stunt coordinator on every Harry Potter movie and other hits such as Mission: Impossible, The Da Vinci Code, Fast & Furious 6 and last year's Hercules. Avengers: Age of Ultron marks his first superhero movie, but after some of the memorable action sequences in the sequel, don't be surprised if you see his name in the credits in future MCU movies.Read More