Joss Whedon is tired. It’s just about halfway through the shoot for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in London, and Whedon doesn’t as much sit down for our interview as he does collapse into a chair. It’s a bright and sunny day in London, but he looks like he hasn’t seen the sunshine in weeks. He’s completely wiped out—”raggedy” as he puts it—by his schedule, which he describes thusly: “I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep. I do this, I go home, I rewrite, I go to sleep.”
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Just yesterday, the reveal of a new Iron Man toy gave us out first glimpse of the character’s new armor in the upcoming ‘The Avengers 2.’ The trend of toys jumping the gun continues today: a German ad for the first wave of LEGO sets based on Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up sequel has made its way online and it may very well tease some setpieces and concepts that haven’t been present in any of the trailers thus far.
As major movie productions keep on getting more secretive, even the best laid plans keep on getting foiled by one thing: merchandising. Yes, hide you costumes and characters and plot points all you want, because when the toys arrive, all bets are off! The latest casualty in this very silly war is Iron Man’s new armor (the Mark XLIII), which was supposedly going to make its debut at some point in ‘Avengers 2’ but can now be clearly seen, examined, and salivated over in toy form.
Everyone has assumed that, at some point towards the end of this current Marvel Cinematic Universe, the paths of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers would cross. Yes, one superhero team is busy protecting Earth, and the other occupied in outer space, it makes too much sense to not have them meet up in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ right? Never mind the “it makes sense” part, we just really want this to happen. Well, we might never happen according to ‘Guardians’ director James Gunn who warns fans about making such assumptions.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 2 brought the unique benefit of standing outside any major Marvel cinematic upsets, as only ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ will arrive during the ABC drama’s run. And where ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ dramatically impacted the series, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has been confirmed to tie into the ‘Avengers’ sequel as well.
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, Warner Bros. reveals an insane ‘Suicide Squad’ cast, Benedict Cumberbatch gets confirmed for ‘Doctor Strange,’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ finally reveals a synopsis.
With the release date of Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ slowly marching closer and closer, Marvel Studios has officially started the slow and steady process of saturating the entire planet with marketing. The trailer was only step one. Within a few months, you won’t be able to walk three feet in any direction without hearing someone say “Avengers” or “Ultron.” Today marks a small but very necessary step in that process: the official website for the film has been updated. It’s not much, but what is here is going to appeal certain dedicated fans.
Even though it’s over four months away, we’ve seen a lot from ‘Avengers 2’—there’s the ‘Avengers 2’ trailer, extended trailer, a clip from the film and advance trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. But, one thing we haven’t really seen in any official capacity, is Paul Bettany as Vision. While we’re still waiting for an official reveal, we do have another, better look at one of the newest Avengers.
The ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer just premiered online last week, but if you’re already starved for new footage (and, who could blame you after that teaser), we’ve got word on when you can see the next ‘Star Wars’ trailer. The bad news is you’re going to have to wait a while. The good news is, you were going to see ‘Avengers 2’ anyway, so now you have the added bonus of seeing a new ‘Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer before Iron Man and Captain America start punching on some evil robots.
Much was made about how the ‘Avengers 2' trailer broke online viewing records for 2014, shattering the previous record by ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. But, records were made to be broken and it took just over a month for the ‘Avengers 2’ trailer to be surpassed, not surprisingly by the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer, which, if it keeps up at its current pace, could set the all-time record for trailer views.