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Mark Ruffalo wants eco-friendly Hulk movie

- January 20th, 2014

Mark Ruffalo might want to talk up his latest film Infinitely Polar Bear, but the question everyone wants answered is: What does he think of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and, more importantly, will we see Hulk smash in his own standalone movie?

Last week, Scarlett Johansson called Joss Whedon’s Avengers script “very cerebral” with a “glass-cutting sense of humour.”

During an interview with MTV at Sundance, the actor elaborated on Johansson’s summary saying: “I would say that it’s better, it’s cooler, it’s more awesomer… It’s a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon’s incredibly, witty and sly sense of humour… [Bruce Banner] gets to do such great stuff.”

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In a separate interview with Total Film, Ruffalo was asked about integrating pro-environment messages into his films, particularly The Avengers and a possible standalone Hulk film.

“The fact that all these doomsday and end-of-times movies are coming out is because we’re actually working that out in the culture…I’m in The Avengers, but if you took my screentime it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I’m sharing the screen with, so my input’s kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I’ll have a much better chance to do that. I’m just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world.”

So when/if we get a Hulk film, he could be really, really green. What do you think of an eco-friendly Hulk? Sound off in the comments.

(H/T Collider)

‘Batman vs Superman’ delayed to 2016

- January 17th, 2014

DC is stepping back into the ring, going head to head with Marvel after delaying Batman vs Superman to May 2016, instead of summer 2015.

Warner Bros. announced the reason for the ten month delay was to give the director, writers, and producers more time to realize their vision and release the best film they possibly can.

With all of the news surrounding the production of Batman vs Superman, from script nightmares to almost daily casting rumors, the news of the film’s delay isn’t overly surprising. Somewhat worrisome, absolutely, but it was a move we were all kind of anticipating, twiddling our thumbs until it was officially said.

Cough cough, coincidentally May 6, 2016 is also the release date for an unofficially announced Marvel Phase 3 film.

If we go by Marvel’s previous track record, and considering the lack of details present at the moment, we are, it looks like Batman vs Superman could be going up against a new Iron Man installment.

It’s going to be a rough weekend for the Marvel and DC fanboys and girls, that’s for sure.

But with the film being pushed back, DC isn’t going to let Marvel just take over the 2015 summer block that easily. IGN reported that Joe Wright’s (Atonement) Peter Pan will be released on July 17, taking on Marvel’s heavily anticipated Ant-Man.

“”We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theaters in May 2016.  Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers,” Warner Bros. President of domestic distribution told IGN in a statement.

Peter Pan versus Ant-Man will be an interesting match up to say the least. My early guess is that once again Marvel will dominate the summer blockbuster window.

Too bad DC doesn’t have their own Joss Whedon to call in whenever scripts and shots are looking a little troublesome.

Don’t worry DC, I hear Kevin Smith might be available.

Are you guys worried about the delay, or are you relieved they’re taking the time to work out the kinks?

Scarlett Johansson dishes on ‘Avengers 2′

- January 15th, 2014

*WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS*

So it turns out, it’s not just you and me and pretty much the entire universe that are excited for Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers sequel. The people starring in it are pretty stoked about it too.

During a promotional interview with Parade for Spike Jonze’s Her, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) said Whedon’s Age of Ultron script is “dark.”

“It’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humour. Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next instalment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”

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In related Marvel news, THR is reporting that Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) is joining Age of Ultron in a major villain role.

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Thomas Kretschmann. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

According to sources, Kretschmann will play Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. antagonist Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.

The main villain, Ultron, is a maniacal robot who will be played by James Spader.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

James Spader to play Ultron in ‘Avengers 2′

- August 29th, 2013

Marvel has announced that James Spader will be playing the maniacal robot Ultron in its upcoming Avengers sequel.

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In a recent interview with EW, writer-director Joss Whedon said the supervillain is the perfect nemesis for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

“As a character I love [Ultron],” Whedon said, “because he’s so pissed off… He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff.”

In the comics, Ultron is the invention of Henry “Hank” Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man. Whedon has already said that Pym won’t be making an appearance in the Avengers sequel.

“We don’t have to have [Henry Pym],” Whedon told Annalee Newitz of io9.com. “It works very simply — this is Marvel cinema, not Marvel comics.”

And in a separate interview with THR, Whedon said, “”We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.”

So there is a possibility that the killer robot could be the offspring of one of the Avengers (I’m looking at you, Tony Stark). An omitted scene from The Avengers hinted as much.

Spader will be seen on NBC’s spy drama The Blacklist this fall. He has a long list of credits on his resume, including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, David Cronenberg’s Crash and his role as Robert California on The Office. So I’m really intrigued by Marvel’s choice here.

What do you think of Spader’s casting as a homicidal robot? Let us know in the comments.

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.