Anthony Mackie had a room of journalists in stitches on the suburban Atlanta set of Captain America: Civil War last June. In fact, he didn’t know Falcon’s fate until he was actually sitting there watching the film at its Hollywood premiere last April.
To the delight of studios and fans alike, 2015 was the year that audiences decided to go back to the movies. Films like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens became full-blown cinematic events, attracting massive crowds and shattering box-office records. This week, industry analysts confidently declared that domestic box office would surpass $11 billion by the end of the year , an all-time high. While tentpole films made waves, it was also a good year for low-budget cult movies and limited-release Oscar contenders, as well as demographics that have often been underrepresented in Hollywood (like films starring African-American characters and/or female protagonists). Click through for a sampling of 2015’s biggest box-office winners. (Stay tuned for tomorrow for a roundup of the biggest losers.)
Disney wrote the playbook on getting fans hooked early. Marvel is no slouch in that department, either. Put them together, and you get… Avenger Tsum Tsums. With Avengers: Age of Ultron on home video, New York Comic Con in full swing, and the holidays on the radar, Disney has rolled out its “Marvel Superhero Spectacular” initiative, a multimedia merchandising blitz that aims to please fans of all ages.
By the time Disney rolls out the fifth Avengers movie, likely in 2021 or 2022, we could see a roster that includes superheroes who have yet to debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Imagine a team of Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Nova, and Captain Marvel all under the leadership of Sam Wilson’s new-look Captain America. This week, while promoting the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-ray/DVD, the Marvel brain trust confirmed what we’ve long suspected: The epic Avengers: Infinity War, airing in two parts in 2018 and 2019 and combining characters from the entire MCU, will be the last hurrah for the lineup of Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, et al., and close out “Phase Three” of the Marvel films. “I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team that we’ve come to know as the Avengers,” explained executive producer Jeremy Latcham.
Now that’s more like the Avengers we know. After a couple of downbeat trailers engineered to show the existential threat posed by titular bad ‘bot Ultron, we finally have an Avengers: Age of Ultron spot where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes shine. “All set up, boss,” former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Maria Hill tells Stark.
There's a reason we haven't seen Samuel L. Jackson in any of the set shots from 'Captain America: Civil War': he says his heroic alter ego Nick Fury is going to be MIA from the film.
As the popularity of Marvel’s Avengers movies (you may have heard of them) soars, fans have more and more questions for the Age of Ultron cast. We’ve collected some of our favorites and asked the superhero stars, which leads to a few interesting revelations.
From their Marvel Comics debut more than four decades ago to their Hollywood breakout in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Vision and Ultron have been inexorably tied to each other, respectively representing the promise and danger of technology. Now, Thomas recounts to Yahoo Movies how he dreamed up the characters and tells us whether Joss Whedon got them right on the big screen.
The 'Age of Ultron' director has some frank words on his struggles with Marvel: "That’s when it got really, really unpleasant."
'Age of Ultron' became the no. 2 opening of all time in North America, behind the original 'Avengers.'
Thanks to the good folks at Lego, the Avengers have been re-assembled in brick form. This exclusive new poster was created by the toy makers in conjunction with Marvel and Disney to mark today’s release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Bryan Singer's superhero drama wasn't just a box-office hit — it provided a blueprint for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the Avenger version of Ringo. Renner turned up — in character — on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night to tickle the ivories and croon a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” lamenting Hawkeye's lack of respect.
The aptly titled Marvel Cinematic Universe is indeed an expansive place composed of stars, matter, and some very dark energy (we’re looking at you, Thanos), so we understand if you’ve lost track of what exactly has unfolded between the events of 2012’sThe Avengers and its sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
'Avengers' tallied $623 million at the North American box office (and more than $1.5 billion worldwide) to become the third-highest-grossing movie OF ALL TIME. So you’ve got to imagine writer-director Joss Whedon and his merry band of heroes are feeling a wee bit of pressure to duplicate that feat with the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
After months of teasing peeks, blurry images, and one tantalizing trailer glimpse, the mysterious new Avenger has finally been unveiled. The Vision, played by Paul Bettany, officially takes his place in heroic lineup as one of a series of new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'-themed Entertainment Weekly covers released Wednesday.
Joss Whedon insists there are no plans for an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" end-credits sequence like the other Marvel films, and the Internet is very dubious.
"Them having a kind of comfortable ease with each other is a delight," says director Joss Whedon. "Every now and then, it's an exhausting delight."