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.
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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.
'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' is about to start shooting, though not all the major parts have been filled. The latest to join the cast is Paul Bettany -- who already voices J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Marvel Universe -- playing Vision.
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.
Marvel recognizes Tom Hiddleston's Loki as a clear fan favorite of its superhero universe, with more and more of his followers petitioning (literally) for him to get his own solo movie. While the studio isn't done yet with Thor's trickster brother, we're left to wonder what future movies might have in store for him. Well, so does Hiddleston, and he may have already thrown out a story idea involving another comic book trickster, Enchantress.
Following the increasing success of the Marvel brand and 'The Avengers' films, the upcoming slate of Phase 3 movies has the fan world itching for details. With 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Ant-Man' already in the works for Phase 2 and 3, respectively, what new superheroes could be hitting the big screen down the road? Perhaps 'Runaways,' but for the time being that's been put on hold, says the film's writer Drew Pearce.
Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers 2,' titled 'Age of Ultron,' is the most-anticipated film of summer 2015 -- aside from Zack Snyder's 'Batman vs. Superman,' of course. Production on the sequel is set to kick off in 2014, and you could be there in person to witness the action firsthand.