Congratulations are in order for Scarlett Johansson, who is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac. (We hope you have a happy, healthy child that will never be bothered by parasitic paparazzi with no respect for your privacy.) However, with basic human decency out of the way, one of the biggest questions on the minds of Marvel fans is, how will this joyous news affect production on 'The Avengers 2,' set to begin later this year?
A few months ago, we learned that the terrific Thomas Kretschmann was joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as supervillain Baron von Strucker (though Marvel refrained from acknowledging it) and we immediately assumed his appearance in 'The Avengers 2' would be a one-and-done performance. Now, a new interview with the actor reveals that, in true Marvel fashion, Kretschmann actually signed on for multiple films and his monocled baddie will continue to threaten the Avengers and their allies in the years to come.
If you say you saw 'The Avengers' coming, you're a liar.
And we're not necessarily talking about the film's massive box office success or cultural impact, either. That's all after-the-fact stuff. We're talking about the fact that the film exists in the first place. We're talking about how Marvel Studios (with a little help from some deep-pocketed friends) managed to create a series of individual franchises with their own films and characters before having them all come together in a special crossover event. 'The Avengers' didn't just unite Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, it openly acknowledged that all of these characters lived in the same world and that the events of their own films could actually have an impact on each other.
They all live in the same universe ... and audiences love it.
With 'The Expendables 3' uniting some of the familiar teammates with new blood to tackle Mel Gibson's Conrad Stonebanks (yes, that is his name) on August 15, none seem more excited for the action to come than your favorite NBA players. They've even banded together to form their own 'Expendables'-like crew for an action-packed spoof video, 'The Relativityavengerables.' It's a tongue twister.
As Marvel recently announced a new casting addition to its upcoming 'Ant-Man,' 'The Avengers 2' keeps on growing, as well! While Ultron will be the main villain in the coming Joss Whedon-helmed sequel (officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron), a more secret villain will be introduced, and Marvel has found the man for the job.
'The Avengers 2,' officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron,' will see a few new faces joining the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and, of course, Ultron himself. But is Marvel Studios planning on adding another more secretive baddie to liven things up other than the near indestructible super robot?
After weeks of rumors, Elizabeth Olsen was recently confirmed to play Scarlet Witch in 'The Avengers 2' (officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'), but the actress only just acknowledged the apparently secret casting. Now she's letting some more details fly about this mysterious new addition to the Marvel movie universe, so what can we expect from Scarlet Witch on the big screen?
As Joss Whedon gets closer to finishing the script for 'The Avengers 2' (officially titled 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron), the supporting cast of previous Marvel films are wondering whether they'll get a chance in the ring. For one, Cobie Smulders' Agent Maria Hill seems like a lock, and now the actress has stated that Marvel knows she'll return once again.
'Avengers 2' is coming! And, if you're reading this, chances are strong that you are one of the many people who made 'The Avengers' one of the biggest hits of all time and you're as excited as we are for the sequel, 'Age of Ultron.' Although we've already got a nice 'Iron Man' movie to tide us over and have a few others on the way, there's nothing quite like seeing all of the Avengers together in one movie, kicking ass and saving the world as modern cinema's biggest and craziest superhero team.
We still have three additional Marvel movies to go before we get to the next big Marvel superhero team-up, but you can whet your appetite for more epic superhero action by going over everything we know about 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' at the moment.