ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we gleam some spoilers from Ant-Man toys, listen to a whole bunch of superheroes to be talk shop, and see how Lady Sif will fit into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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If you’ve been to the movie theater in the last couple years — and you like to show up early — then you’ve surely noticed one of the most pervasive and tired trends in modern Hollywood: The use of depressing cover versions of famous songs in movie trailers. It started with one brilliantly innovative coming attraction, but quickly became something of an industry standard; nearly every studio tentpole’s first teaser (and sometimes the full trailer that follows) is scored by some kind of gloomy cover of a tune everyone knows. To prove just how played out this gimmick is, ScreenCrush assembled a list of fifteen examples from the last five years. Watch ’em and weep (because these trailers are so very sad):
With a movie the size of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ we’ve been seeing a lot of promo art hit the ‘net in recent months. Obviously we’ve been a little more interested in new concepts, like Vision, Ultron, and Hulkbuster, and today brings even more promo art from Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel, featuring all that and then some. And judging by some of this art, Ultron might just win his battle.
We know that Tony Stark's Iron Man suit is powerful—when fully charged, it can lift over 100 tons—but, we probably didn't realize just how heavy it is. The original suit in the first ‘Iron Man’ movie weighed over 90 lbs. That's big, hot costume to have to act in all day. And, to think, it was almost not even Robert Downey, Jr. underneath all that armor. Find out which other actors made the cut, and a lot more, in the latest invincible installment of You Think You Know Movies!
If you thought Hot Toys was only going to release sixth-scale faithful recreations of the Avengers roster as it exists in Avengers: Age of Ultron, you were wrong. The Chinese toymaker just announced a new line of designer figures, which will debut with a collection of six characters from the upcoming Marvel sequel. The Artist Mix line is a new way for Hot Toys to offer a bit more diversity in its catalog, while also allowing the company to partner up with designers and artists that provide a style radically different from what we're used to seeing from the high-end manufacturer. For this first wave, Hot Toys has teamed with toy designer Touma to craft mini, bobble head versions of Iron Man, Captain America and Ultron.
Part of the fun of watching a new Marvel film is figuring out how one movie connects to another in the Cinematic Universe, whether it’s a tiny Easter egg or the descendent of a character from another film. Like the recent ‘Ant-Man’ prequel comic, which revealed how Agent Carter fits into that movie, Marvel has released the official prequel comic for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ revealing how Loki is involved in the upcoming sequel.
We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about various elements of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ from the origins of Ultron and Vision to who Andy Serkis might be playing in the film. But we haven’t heard a whole lot about what’s up with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the super-powered twins teased at the end of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ What we do know is that they’re going up against the Avengers. What we haven’t known is why…until now. Plus, Marvel has released a bunch of photos from the upcoming sequel, in case you felt like Hulking-out.
It seems very, very unlikely that Joss Whedon will return for ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and it’s already been rumored that ‘Captain America’ helmers Joe and Anthony Russo are Marvel’s top picks to take over the two-part finale. Whedon recently expressed how difficult and exhausting it was to make ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and before he even agree to return for the sequel, there was another superhero film he considered making instead: a female Batman movie.
Hard to believe, but today brings the first TV spot for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and while it doesn’t feature much in the way of new footage, it’s definitely not hurting our excitement for the upcoming ‘Avengers’ sequel. “Trouble always comes around,” Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury says in the 30-second spot, and Ultron is most definitely major trouble.
It’s now become common for actors entering Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to sign multi-film contracts, and now that Paul Bettany’s role is expanding from vocal to physical, we’ve been curious to know if we’d be seeing Vision in more films beyond ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ According to Bettany himself, that’s a totally fair assumption, and ‘Age of Ultron’ won’t be last we see of his mysterious new character.