During his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has been presented as a rather gruff character. So what happens when a personality like that is introduced to some new, odd characters like Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver? The answer is a lot of skepticism and concern.
Both individually and as a unit, the members of The Avengers have faced down many terrifying threats thrown at them – but this summer will see them square off against an enemy unlike any they’ve ever come across. The Age of Ultron is almost here – and if Chris Evans can be believed, then the robotic menace will be one of the most fascinating villains we’ve seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With three Marvel Studios films under his belt, there are few people in the world that understand Captain America quite like Chris Evans. But while the actor has taken ownership of the superhero role that has made him a global superstar, going into The Avengers: Age of Ultron he only had one request for writer/director Joss Whedon.
The very first moment we meet Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in The Avengers, we really start to learn everything we need to know about him. Claiming to see better from a distance, he sets himself up as a bit of a loner and detached from all the action and people that he is monitoring on the floor below him. The truth is, Hawkeye isn’t really much of a team player, and that element plays an interesting element in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Amazing as it is to see all of the core members of The Avengers unifying on the big screen, it’s certainly more narratively fulfilling if there is a reason for all of the heroes to be together. Fortunately, this appears to be very much in the cards for the blockbuster – at least for Thor, who will be bringing a very interesting element to the table in the fight against the movie’s titular villain.
Staying true to the character’s comic book origin as a somewhat Shakespearean royal figure, Thor has earned a reputation as being a bit of an uptight figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was true through the end of Thor: The Dark World, but, interestingly, this attitude is going to be getting a bit of a facelift in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Reading the reactions to the church scene has been interesting this weekend. Many audience members who came back to CinemaBlend for post-screen chatter praised the action choreography of the church fight. Some, however, did admit to being turned off to the violence in the sequence.
Kingsman: The Secret Service could be described as the “dirty” version of James Bond – which is hysterical because cheeky 007 is already known for being more than a little risqué. There are various ways that director Matthew Vaughn wanted to push the envelope as a homage to the Bond franchise. And then there’s that back-door joke that ends the film on a blush-worthy final note.
When Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed concept art a month ago of a new Alien idea he was working on featuring Ripley herself, the Internet, understandably, lost its shit. In the time since that reveal, many have wondered about the exact details of the situation, but fortunately we recently got the chance to speak with Weaver herself to get the behind-the-scenes story.
News broke the other day from the mouth of Patrick Stewart himself that he was in talks to join up with Hugh Jackman in the next Wolverine movie. (The Wolverine 2? Wolverine 3? Whatever you call it. It looks like the plan is to feature Professor Xavier in the sequel to James Mangold’s film in some way. We caught up with Jackman on Tuesday to get his comment on the situation, and, as expected, he skirted around the topic.
Imagine this scenario. You hire Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead villain in your new spy thriller. But then he brings his interpretation of the character to you… and it’s not what you expected at all.
There’s an art to interviewing celebrities. When to push harder. When to let them retreat. When to let them ramble. When to interrupt. No one knows that better than Larry Grobel. Over the course of his career, he’s written for Playboy, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and dozens of other publications, coaxing secrets out of some of the more famous men and women in the world.
The advances in technology are rapidly changing the way we live our lives and, in the case of actors, earning their next paychecks. As Alan Cumming told me during an interview for George Lucas’ fairytale musical endeavor, neither he nor his Strange Magic co-star Evan Rachel Wood landed their roles through practical means.
Suicide Squad will be a major step for Warner Bros. and its developing DC cinematic universe, the first movie to arrive in a post-Batman v Superman world that could – according to rumors – set the stage for several future projects, including a solo Batman movie.
It was revealed in a recent interview that George Lucas, the father of the Star Wars movies, had originally planned to make Episode 7 before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. He even began developing some ideas for the next installment, which he passed along to Disney. As it turns out, though, the Mouse House and J.J. Abrams didn’t use Lucas’ treatment ideas for the current script.
In recent months, we’ve seen reports about actors getting into talks with Marvel only to balk at the idea of signing long multi-picture deals – the performers fearing that locking themselves to a role might prevent them from pursuing other creative endeavors. This is definitely not an issue for Chris Hemsworth.
Frozen 2, at the moment, isn’t a guarantee – even though it feels like a no-brainer to us. After hearing Emily Blunt sing in Into The Woods, hiring her for a part in Frozen 2 feels like a no-brainer, as well.
The way Emily Blunt describes it, they all sat around an enormous table and sang their songs, accompanied by one man on a piano. They all stared at their script pages, “pretending to look at our lines” and getting used to not being embarrassed.
In case you didn’t already know, Joss Whedon and the folks at Marvel Studios didn’t make James Spader wear a robot costume on the set of the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Instead, his character, the titular robotic menace, will be brought to life with the magic of performance capture, which means that Spader spent most of his time filming in grey pajamas covered in little ping pong balls.
While Marvel has delighted fans with the return of characters like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a question that has been repeatedly brought up by fans is, “Where’s Hulk?” The green monster became a fan favorite after Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012, and yet the film studio decided that he would be the only one of the four core team members without a solo movie sequel. Why?
Joss Whedon did something truly incredible at the helm of the first Avengers movie. In unprecedented fashion, he brought together not just a team of blockbuster superheroes, but brought together multiple franchises into one super movie. As impressive as his work was, however, it turns out that what he was really always looking forward to in the future was making an Avengers movie featuring The Vision.
Earth to Echo director David Green has been hired to take over the series. And we can expect Megan Fox to reprise her role as April O’Neil. The movie is looking to meet a June 3, 2016 release date… with William Fichtner back in the fold as the megalomaniac Eric Sachs.
Speaking with the men behind the massive spectacle, it’s clear that they did what they could to keep things light on the set. In fact, while interviewing Edgerton about the scale of the picture, and Ridley Scott’s use of multiple cameras to capture the vast action on screen, he talked to me about stopping in the moment and reminding yourself, “It’s just a movie.”
As Thanos, Josh Brolin is playing one of the scariest, most intimidating figures in the Marvel Universe. Even more than the fact that he is humungous physically and possesses incredible influence throughout the galaxy, the Mad Titan also eventually possess powers that give him the ability of a god. He inspires quite a good deal of fear wherever he goes – and weirdly enough that even extends to Josh Brolin.
In the history of Marvel Comics, the mutant known as Apocalypse without question ranks as one of the most powerful and terrifying villains. He is not only immortal, but possesses powers that go far beyond the comparatively simple mutations and abilities that other genetically gifted individuals possess.