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Hulkbuster will be in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

- March 18th, 2014

They’re bringing out the Hulkbuster.

That was the biggest reveal out of Marvel’s Assembling a Universe documentary that aired Tuesday night in place of its titular television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Hulkbuster, which appeared in three different variants over the course of an array of Marvel comic book series, was developed by three different organizations in an effort to either control the giant green monster or defeat him.

Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, and his team showed off the first concept image of what the Hulkbuster will look like –in true Iron Man colours- as the gargantuous robot takes on its beastly counterpart.

From the colours of the Hulkbuster shown, and continuing with the general direction that Marvel Studios has decided to take for its cinematic universe, it’s most likely this is one of Shield’s Hulkbusters.

In a dream world, and I don’t use dream world lightly, this Hulkbuster would be one of Nick Fury’s, used to track down enormous threats in the Marvel universe including the Osbornes and Venom. Let’s face it though, when it comes to Sony giving the rights of their top superhero over to Disney, chances are less than highly unlikely.

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The other big showcase of the special, in relation to Age of Ultron, was the first concept design of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the first two X-Men characters to cross over into the Marvel Cinematic universe.

“We are introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and they do not start off being the best of friends with the Avengers,” Joss Whedon, the director behind the Avengers movies, said.

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From what I can tell, the concept of the two characters –which have been viewed as villains in the X-Men universe for the most part – is vastly different from Fox’s X-Men series counterpart. Whedon and his team have decided to stick to the classic look of the comic series, down to the colour of the costumes and their mannerisms while in action.

Having the two new characters, however, is exactly what Marvel Studios has continuously tried to do with the Cinematic Universe: expand it.

“One of the best thing about the Avengers is that it’s a shifting roster. The team can be quite different, and we wanted to explore that, so we wanted to bring some new members into the mix,” Feige said.

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Age of Ultron, in every aspect, is looking to best its predecessor.

Whedon explained the first film allowed Marvel Studios to explore the origin of the superhero collective, but the second one will focus on whether they can sustain the relationships they forged in the first one; an area that will be tested when two new faces are thrown into the mix.

Whedon did promise, with a smirk, that Age of Ultron would certainly be a much bigger cinematic experience than the first one.

““It’s going to be a little more grown up than the first one. A little scarier, a little funkier, but in the end it’s got the same extraordinary characters, a little humour, and yes, there may be some punching.”

Is Joss Whedon ready to kill an Avenger?

- August 27th, 2013

When it comes to comic book characters, you can kill ‘em, but whether they stay dead or not, that’s a completely different story (Remember Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed in The Avengers? He’ll be back on the small screen this fall in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

EW talked to Joss Whedon about his upcoming Avengers sequel and broached the possibility of the writer-director killing off one of Marvel’s heroes in Age of Ultron.

Although he has said that his philosophy for the next film is “Death, Death and more Death!”, Whedon says it’s more of a joke.

“I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’” he tells EW. “They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”

Whedon also confirmed what he has already said about a 150 times: Loki won’t be back in Age of Ultron.

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“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” he said. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing.”

Honestly, I love it when films throw audiences for a loop. Remember how crazy it was when John Doe killed Mills’ wife in Se7en? So I think it would be cool if Whedon killed off a B-list hero during Age of Ultron. Just saying.

In additional news, newly released storyboards for The Avengers reveal a scene featuring The Wasp.

“There was a very Wasp-y draft that I wrote,” Whedon told Cinema Blend last year.

The animatics by artist Federico D’Alessandro show The Wasp with the other Avengers in the climactic finale in New York City.

Several other animatics leaked online over the weekend showing a different introduction for Iron Man in the movie and what Comicbookmovie.com theorizes is our first glimpse of an evil Jarvis, which could hint at the Ultron storyline in The Avengers 2.

Would you like to see Marvel off one of its heroes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Vote below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man in ‘Avengers 2′ and ’3′

- June 20th, 2013

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It’s official: RDJ is staying put as Iron Man.

Marvel has announced that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and 3.

While we already knew that The Avengers 2 is coming May 1, 2015, the news about Avengers 3 comes as a bit of a surprise. And a welcome one at that.

It was expected that RDJ would return for the Avengers sequel, with director Joss Whedon telling The Daily Beast he wouldn’t make the film without him.

The actor himself even said, “I like being a company man.”

Marvel promised more casting news soon, adding that Avengers 2 starts production in March 2014.

Absent from today’s news was any info on whether RDJ will return for Iron Man 4. With the third instalment the most successful at the box office, I’m sure Marvel will want to see him back in his own stand-alone feature.

What do you think? Are you happy that he’s back for Avengers 2 and 3? Do you hope this means Iron Man 4 is in the works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Joss Whedon: I won’t make Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.

- June 6th, 2013

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Even though Iron Man 3 is still raking in the dough at the box office, Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t signed on the dotted line to reprise his role as Tony Stark in The Avengers 2 (he’s still in negotiations).

And now we’re getting word that the one person who is kinda central to the making of that sequel won’t do it unless Downey Jr. returns. In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, director Joss Whedon said he fully expects RDJ to suit up once again to play his part in Marvel’s marquee superhero movie, and he won’t do it without him.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can.”

Whedon is still working on the script for The Avengers 2, which is scheduled to drop in 2015 following Thor: The Dark World, and next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadline is reporting Benicio del Toro has joined the James Gunn-directed space opera.

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Due out in August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy will focus on little-known heroes, like Star-Lord, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, that debuted back in 1969. In the new film, they join forces to battle an intergalactic enemy.

Del Toro is rumoured to be playing the Collector and has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel.

I have no doubt Downey will be back. I’m more curious how Whedon will incorporate Quicksilver into the new film now that Bryan Singer has scooped up the character for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Would you mind if Downey was replaced as Iron Man in Avengers 2? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Marvel Phase Three: Hulk, Iron Man 4, Doctor Strange could be on the way

- May 17th, 2013

With Iron Man 3 officially kicking off Marvel’s Phase Two, studio boss Kevin Feige has given Entertainment Weekly an early glimpse of where the company plans to go with its Phase Three slate of films, which kicks off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in late 2015.

In case you’re just joining us, Phase Two continues with Thor: The Dark World this November, then Captain America: The Winter Soldier next April, Guardians of the Galaxy in August and The Avengers 2 in 2015. After that, it’s anyone’s guess which characters Marvel will role out in their quest to dominate movie cinemas everywhere.

Feige was didn’t have specific details regarding movies for Doctor Strange, Hulk and Iron Man 4, but he did offer up his thoughts on how the characters can live on the big screen. You can read snippets below and head over to EW for the full interview.

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This is the only Phase Three film Marvel has officially announced. Directed by Scott Pilgrim’s Edgar Wright, Feige says the movie came into fruition after Marvel decided to become its own studio.

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Neil Gaiman talked with me about his plans to do a version of the film with Guillermo del Toro in 2008. That script fell apart, but now Feige says Doctor Strange could happen.

“He’s a great standalone character,” Feige says. “He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.”

Iron Man 4

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Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel is now up. He’s currently in negotiations for Avengers 2, and the studio is talking to him about a fourth instalment in its most popular franchise. Feige has made no secret that the character could continue with another actor playing the part.

“I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.”

The Incredible Hulk

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Two versions – one with Eric Bana and another with Edward Norton – have been released with rather middling box-office revenues. A third film with Mark Ruffalo (who played the character in the Avengers) could be a possibility, Feige says. But there’s no script yet.

“One of the goals that we talked about with Joss [Whedon] on Avengers was we want Hulk to be cool again… Mark could stand in his own movie. … We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie?’”

The EW article also touches on Black Panther, Inhumans, Marvel Zombies, Runaways, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Punisher and Blade.

With regards to the latter three, Feige says: “They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time.”

Anytime they decide to reboot Daredevil, I’m game for that.

Let us know which characters you hope Marvel introduces in Phase Three in the comments.