As someone who has had the chance to visit numerous blockbuster movie sets over the course of my career, I can tell you one universal truth about all of them: the filmmaking process is incredibly slow. Between every single take - of which there are usually many - crew members have to come on to set, touch up elements, fix things that are out of place and so on. I've witnessed instances where a 30 second shot can take 45 minutes to get exactly right. What makes the whole thing worth it are those sparse moments where you suddenly see the film come to life right before your eyes and movie magic generated. That is basically the story the behind the nearly 16-minute long The Avengers: Age of Ultron set video that you see above.
To start, what's interesting about this extended look behind the scenes of Avengers 2 is that it actually found its way online all the way back in March, but has only been noticed and picked up today. At the time the video was shot, writer/director Joss Whedon and his cast and crew were filming on-location sequences in Italy for the Marvel Studios blockbuster. It's impossible to say exactly where in the movie the sequences fit in, but the main star on hand is Elizabeth Olsen, who is playing Scarlet Witch in the film.
Before you grab a popcorn and soda, hit play and expect to see 16 full minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron action, I should warn you: this video starts out with Scarlet Witch at the center of a sequence - sitting in the middle of a giant crater - but after the five minute mark it just becomes footage of crew members moving around various pieces on set. As noted by Comic Book Movie, at the 13:30 mark things begin to pick up a little, as we see hordes of people running away from something scary - presumably Ultron and his robotic army of minions. Is it spoiler-y? Not really, because it's kind of hard to understand exactly what's going on.
March was a good four months ago, but The Avengers: Age of Ultron amazingly still remains in production. In addition to Elizabeth Olsen, the movie's cast also includes returning stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany as well as newcomers like James Spader (as Ultron), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Scarlet Witch's brother, Quicksilver, and Thomas Kretschmann (as Baron von Struker). Once filming wraps up at the end of this summer, the film will be moved into post-production mode, and Joss Whedon, his editors and all of the visual effects artists will tirelessly finish the project before it's scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.
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