We went through all 18 films and sleuthed out the clues to come up with the ultimate timeline of events leading up to the blockbuster.
Tie-in products for many big-budget extravaganzas have been largely focused on male characters, be it Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and the lack of Rey toys) or Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, both of which inspired social media hashtags — #WheresGamora and #WheresBlackWidow — to decry the absence of merchandise for their female leads. With more Marvel movies on the way, the studio’s head honcho is letting fans know that those past mistakes won’t be repeated this summer. During an interview with Slashfilm conducted on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kevin Feige directly addressed the #WheresBlackWidow controversy and offered his support for the outrage that drove the campaign.
After a three-year hiatus from the Marvel Universe, Joss Whedon has an itch to make some more franchise films. In an interview with Complex, the writer-director said he’d be psyched to take the helm of another tentpole film, if it were the right project — like, say, a Star Wars anthology movie. “I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation,” Whedon told the website. “So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. ...
At London Film and Comic-Con event, actor tells fans he was frustrated with character's arc and wanted out, though he's happy with how role has developed since
As the summer of superheroes continues with the opening of Captain America: Civil War on Friday, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the these stars’ humble beginnings. Here’s a glimpse at each of the Avengers, along with other past, present, and future comic book movie stars, before they became big-time superheroes.
As many fans may know, and Olsen explained on last night’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, Olsen was reassured by Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon before she took the role that she would never have to don the kinds of ensembles Scarlet Witch does in the original Marvel stories.
Power Rangers fans got a fierce first look at Elizabeth Banks as Repulsa earlier this month. The actress is playing the movie’s green-hued villain, an evil alien bent on conquering the world. She certainly sounds scary — that is, until we caught a gander at some paparazzi photos from the Vancouver set this week that showed Banks looking less than dastardly. She’s not the first high-flying super-being to get dragged down to Earth. Click through to see some other famous heroes and baddies being caught out-of-character and out-of-context.
Video of April 18 hour-long sitdown of Avengers teammates, covering director's jumble of feelings about Age of Ultron, what connects Stan Lee and Shakespeare, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Whedon's mystery next project
The Force is strong with the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Star Wars: The Force Awakens scored a leading 11 nominations, it was announced Tuesday morning, including one for movie of the year, where JJ Abrams’ hit sequel will face off against Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Deadpool, Jurassic World and Straight Outta Compton. The Force Awakens is also up for best female performance (Daisy Ridley), breakthrough performance (Ridley and John Boyega), best action performance (Boyega), best hero (Ridley), best villain (Adam Driver), best virtual performance (Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong'o), ensemble cast and best fight, for Rey and Kylo Ren’s face-off. Recent hit Deadpool scored the second-most nominations with eight: movie of the year, best female performance (Morena Baccarin), best male performance (Ryan Reynolds), best comedic performance (Reynolds), best action performance (Reynolds), best villain (Ed Skrein), best kiss (Baccarin and Reynolds) and best fight, for Deadpool and Ajax’s battle.
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. (Go here for a roundup of the year’s biggest box-office busts.)
By Ramin Setoodeh Variety exclusive: Fans of Marvel’s Avengers series have long griped about the franchises’ ratio of male to female superheroes. Just earlier this year, while promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mark Ruffalo pointed out that he could still not find enough Black Widow merchandising in the likeness of Scarlett Johansson, the most prominent woman star of the series. Robert Downey Jr., who negotiated a rich deal after 2008’s Iron Man, with estimated earnings of $80 million this year from all his movie projects, still gets paid the most, according to sources familiar with the actors’ contracts. Last month, Jennifer Lawrence set the blogosphere ablaze with her essay about receiving less money than her male co-stars from the Sony Pictures comedy American Hustle.
Last week, China’s top space industry contractor unveiled a new space robot that looks strikingly similar to the superhero played by Robert Downy Jr. in Marvel’s hit global film franchise. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, the robot was built by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., the government’s leading space contractor. Related: China’s Alibaba to Fully Acquire Online Video Giant Youku Tudou Little Sky was debuted last Tuesday at Shanghai’s 17th annual China International Industry Fair, where the Chinese government also presented a model of its first Mars space probe, which the country plans to launch towards the Red Planet in 2020. Iron Man is Marvel’s biggest performing superhero character in China.
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.
The flickering feelings between Black Widow and Bruce Banner helped make for a major subplot in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it seems that the whole cast got smooch-crazy on the set of the Marvel sequel. With the film hitting home video on Friday, the studio released the official gag reel, which features your favorite heroes goofing off before giant green screens and physical sets alike. There are some goofy faces (with Robert Downey Jr. responsible for most of them), visual effects slipups (the Hulk’s leaping ability is seriously shabby), and some dance moves (courtesy of Anthony Mackie). But mostly, there’s a whole lotta kissing: Thor and Vision, Cap and Iron Man, Black Widow and Ultron (traitor!)
Marvel has its cinematic future very well mapped out, with 10 films planned over the next four years. After watching the video above, you’ll likely be hoping they can squeeze one more feature into their schedule.
As has been well documented on late-night talk shows, Robert Downey Jr.’s Twitter, and behind-the-scenes video, Marvel’s mightiest heroes like to get goofy. Really goofy.
Vision, the character played by Paul Bettany in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is an all-powerful android with human features and a decidedly alien skin tone. Unlike Ultron, the evil robot of the title, Vision was created more with traditional makeup and prosthetics instead of computer effects (though some CG was involved as well). In a new feature for Make-Up Artist Magazine, Age of Ultron makeup artists Jeremy Woodhead and Nik Williams explain the process of designing and achieving Vision’s unique look.
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.
Once again, it seemed like Marvel had locked down the summer season championship — until Jurassic World stomped in, setting a new global box-office record and establishing Indominus Rex as the new killer queen. Within 10 days of opening, Jurassic World cleared $400 million domestically, setting a new box-office record and unseating Avengers: Age of Ultron as the No. 1 movie of the summer.