With a little over two months to go until Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"is released--the publicity machine is fully on course.
Reports suggest that a new trailer for the film is set to bow during the mid-season premiere of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" on Tuesday March 3rd.
The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.
Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today. Bettany will appear on screen as The Vision
an android created by Ultron as a weapon to be used against
the Avengers. Vision can fire beams of radiation and turn
invisible--the character ultimately turned the tables on Ultron
and became an Avengers member himself.
Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers He seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--in a very cool sequence in the film). Korean actress Soo-hyun Kim will play a bad gal role. Mo-Cap genius Andy Serkis character is rumored by Schmoes Know to be that of Ulysses Klaw- a character who will be much more important in the "Black Panther" solo flick.
Ruffalo was asked by Empire where he thinks the Hulk will end up
once the dust settles from events in 'Ultron':
"Who knows where these things will go, but as Bruce is
able to impress his will on the Hulk - going into The Hulk and being
inside the Hulk when he’s raging - The Hulk’s will is also growing and
able to impress upon Bruce... It’ll be interesting to see if that ends
up being what would be the next Hulk movie."
Does that mean a stand alone Hulk movie with Ruffalo might happen?
"Who knows, really? That’s such an amorphous thing.
Nobody has talked to me about that yet. A new feaure-length Hulk movie
is] a tough nut to crack. Traditionally you’re watching a guy who
doesn’t want to do the very thing that you want him to do. It’s hard to
take for two hours. I don’t know how many times you can use that same
framing for it, but now he’s maturing and there’s a cool dynamic growing
between Banner and The Hulk. And the CGI is so much better. The stuff we can do now, you can do a
real performance. I’ve been working with Andy Serkis [at The Imaginarium Studios] and he has it set up where you go in there and you just start
working on a character. It is so exciting to me, because I can do
whatever I can imagine, with a team of people of course"
Meantime Johansson spoke to W Magazine about playing Black Widow recently and they asked her why she took on the character in the first place:
"People were surprised that I wanted to play a comic book
heroine. But I loved Iron Man, and I met with Marvel to see what was
possible. I had done my research, and the Black Widow character
resonated with me. She is dark and has faced death so many times that
she has a deep perspective on the value of life. In the sequel, you
learn more about the sadness in her past. I think of her that way. Black
Widow is a superhero, but she's also human. She's small, but she's
strong. It's hard not to admire her."
Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ was campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.
Latino Review has posted what appears to be details about the film's opening 15-20 minutes (SPOILERS).
Post-production on the 'Avengers 2' continues to meet a release date of May 1, 2015