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We're still well over a year away from the second superhero team-up in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that doesn't stop us from wondering about The Avengers 3. Before we get to worrying about who will star in it and which heroes will square off against which villains, we need to know just who will be writing and directing the damn thing. If a comment from screenwriter Drew Pearce during a recent interview is to be believed, Whedon might already be set to return for the third installment, possibly as both a writer and director. Hit the jump for more. During an interview with Movies.com in which he discusses Marvel's creative process and the Easter Eggs hidden in his Iron Man 3 short, All Hail the King, Pearce casually mentions that Whedon is on board for Avengers 2 (which we know) and Avengers 3 (which we've only speculated about). Here's the quote: Movies.com: Will we see some aftermath of this short at some point, either in the cinematic universe or Netflix or any of the other crazy things Marvel is cooking up? Pearce: Honestly, it's a question above my pay grade. One of the things when you're a writer or director in the Marvel universe is you come in, you leave some tasty morsels dangling at the end, and maybe you're the one who comes in and picks them up again next time, or maybe it's someone else, or maybe they just hang there awhile and that's fine too. Despite any cliffhanger-ness ...
When we first learned that Scarlet Witch would be joining the team for Marvel’s sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was pretty clear that some tweaking would need to be done in order for the comics costume to translate to a feature film. Not only is the comic book character’s costume, um, revealing, but it’s also incredibly impractical. Production is now firmly underway on The Avengers 2 under the direction of Joss Whedon in South Africa, and Elizabeth Olsen recently talked a bit about her costume for Scarlet Witch, confirming that it is indeed a bit different from the character's comic book garb. Hit the jump to read her comments. Speaking with Total Film (via Superhero Movie News), Olsen briefly discussed her costume for Scarlet Witch: “I don’t think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits; I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn’t be fun for anyone who wasn’t those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic book character but it’s different, more rooted. It’s for someone today…Well, if someone walked around wearing what she wore in the comics, people would stop and say, ‘What the hell… she thinks she’s a superhero!’” Olsen noted that she has a specially made secrecy cloak to prevent onlookers from snapping early glances while she travels to and from set, but with filming poised to move from South Africa to London soon, it’ll be nearly impossible ...
I was a big fan of the Marvel Comics series Runaways. Created by Brian K. Vaughan, the series focused on a group of teenagers who runaway when they discover that their parents are a group of supervillains known as "The Pride". As the kids try to find their way, they stumble upon surprising aspects of their birthrights. It's a great story about adolescence intertwined with Marvel Universe staples such as aliens, mutants, and magic. Over three years ago, Drew Pearce was hired to write the screenplay based on the success of his superhero parody series, No Heroics. The project seemed like it was gearing up for production, but then it went into stasis as The Avengers became the studio's big "team" movie. Pearce went on to co-write Iron Man 3, and now he's written and directed the latest Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King. During our conversation, we geeked out a bit over Runaways, and he told me how his script compared to the comic, how it could be The Godfather of the Marvel Universe (in terms of families and a crime syndicate), how he would use Joss Whedon's run from the comics, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. All Hail the King will be available on the Blu-ray for Thor: The Dark World, which hits shelves on February 25th. Click here to pre-order. During the end of our interview, I turned the discussion towards Runaways, and he told me that at his very first meeting with Marvel, ...
Though Comic-Con’s Hall H is always host to plenty of panels that get attendees riled up, nothing quite shook the room this year like the Avengers sequel teaser video that announced Ultron as the film’s villain. The footage shown in Hall H is rarely released to the public by Marvel, but it appears that they’re making an exception with regards to the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser, as it has been made available in HD via the Iron Man 3 Jarvis App. The full video actually includes behind-the-scenes footage of Joss Whedon getting ready to take the Comic-Con stage to announce the teaser, so it’s a pretty fun watch. Hit the jump to check out the video, and if you haven’t picked up Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray yet click here to purchase the 2D combo pack and click here for the 3D combo pack. Via MoviePilot.
Want to check out Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing, save $5 on your purchase and save the Unicorns? Well then today's your day, champ! Whedon himself tweeted out a promo link that will give you a $5 discount on a pre-order of his modern retelling of a Shakespearean classic. The micro-budget film, completed in just twelve days at his house, stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion. Here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images. Much Ado about Nothing will be released on October 8th, although you must complete your purchase by September 10th to lock in the Unicorn-saving discount. Hit the jump for more. Here's what Whedon Tweeted earlier today: Joss Whedon ?@josswhedon If you preorder MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING on @AmazonVideo you will save $5 & unicorns will once again roam http://amzn.to/15qRc6z Now you can go ahead and clicky there on that link and it'll take care of you just fine. Here's how you redeem your reward: 1. Tweet the offer on your personal Twitter account using the link above. 2. Once you've tweeted, your promotional code to save $5 on your pre-order of "Much Ado About Nothing [HD]" will automatically be applied to your Amazon.com account. 3. Next, go to the Much Ado About Nothing [HD] product page. Note that the discount applies only to the HD version of the film. 4. Although the discounted price will not display on the product page, your discount will automatically be applied when you pre-order Much Ado About Nothing ...
We're going to throw a variety of Marvel news at you this morning. First up, Joss Whedon fans know he's not shy about killing off characters. He did it with Coulson (Clark Gregg) in The Avengers, but the character managed a resurrection for the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But when it comes to other heroes, Whedon tells EW that Marvel is wary of knocking off its moneymakers. "I'd have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, 'We'll cut off a potential franchise, that's fine!'", says Whedon. "They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get?" The writer-director continued, "We don't just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement 'Who can we kill?' We try to build the story organically and go, 'How hard can we make it on these people?' You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that's why you go to the movies." Personally, I would love it if a nothing superhero from the Marvel universe popped up at the beginning of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and was immediately annihilated. Hit the jump for Marvel stuff including deleted scenes and an alternate ending for Iron Man 3. You can also check out a brief shot of The Wasp in an animatic for an early draft for The Avengers. [Via The Playlist] Even though the Blu-ray/DVD for Iron Man 3 won't hit shelves for another month, ...
We have a few bits of Marvel news for you this afternoon. In addition to talking about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss Whedon also touched on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Specifically, he explained his vision for the eponymous baddie. Per EW: “I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.” If you want to know why Whedon needs to pare down Ultron's abilities, read this list of powers he has from the comics. Also, Whedon's statement regarding Scarlet Witch comes pretty close to confirmation that magic is a part of the movie rather than the interpretation of her ability to "calculate and control probabilities". Hit the jump for some Guardians of the Galaxy news. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens April 1, 2015. James Gunn took to his Facebook page today to announce that he would be reteaming with Tyler Bates to score Guardians of the Galaxy. Moreover, he's using Bates' music on set rather than waiting for post-production: Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes ...
One of the most highly anticipated showsof the upcoming fall TV season is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents, who together will investigate the new, the strange and the unknown, across the globe, in order to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary. The show also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet. While at the ABC portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer Joss Whedon talked about the trust they have in making this show, how refreshing it is to be part of a series where he’s not the primary showrunner, the format they’re looking to follow on a weekly basis, why it’s important for this team to not have superpowers, whether or not this was always the plan for Agent Coulson, that the mystery of Coulson will unravel throughout the season, whether more actors from the Marvel movies could make appearances on the show, how often they’ll tie things into the world of the films, and what all of his work with Marvel means for a Dr. Horrible sequel. Check out what the had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers. Question: Are you getting a lot of creative freedom with this show? JOSS WHEDON: We’ve got trust, which is different than freedom. My collaboration with Marvel on the movie was pretty extraordinary and, for me, unprecedented. It ...
The fall TV season will fast be upon us, and superhero geeks will likely be turning their attention to ABC's new series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The expectations will be high, but I also assume there will be more patience with the show as it has to go through the standard motions of introducing the characters, the world, and trying to draw in an audience beyond genre fans. This is network television, and being niche isn't good enough. That means an emphasis on case-of-the-week storytelling with little bits of character arcs and perhaps a larger story sprinkled throughout. Hit the jump for what executive producer and pilot director Joss Whedon had to say about the show at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, and also see a poster featuring the eponymous Agents standing in front of a giant door. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm on ABC. Via ABC. Speaking at the TCA Press Tour, Whedon told the audience [via Vulture] that cases will vary beyond a bad guy of the week: "Every week, it’s not going to be some new hero," he explained. "There could be a device. There could be a mystery. There are so many aspects to what’s happened since everybody in the world found out that there is a superhero team, and there were aliens that invaded New York, and we want to be able to change it up every week. We want to be able to deal with every aspect: the spy stuff, the hero stuff, ...
Rather than being afraid to even utter a word about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer-director Joss Whedon has been surprisingly loquacious when it comes to other Marvel directors. Obviously, he won't divulge plot details, but he's been willing to announce characters, say how much of a role other characters have in the plot, and more. In the upcoming issue of Total Film, Whedon explained why he chose Ultron as the villain for the upcoming sequel. For those who don't know, Ultron made his first appearance in 1968's Avengers #55, and has been a problem for them ever since. His origin story will be changed for the movie, but Whedon has had his eye on the evil automaton before he even got into the director's chair for the first movie. Hit the jump for what Whedon had to say about Ultron. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. Speaking to Total Film, Whedon said about the villain, “I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron.’ Because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history. “He was great. He’s somebody who can juice things up and he’s a real problem for the Avengers. That’s not always easy to find. It’s not like the Vulture is really going to give them a hard ...